May 31, 2013
Dryden sending eight on to states
VESTAL — Dryden High had a great night at the Section 4 Division II New York State Track and Field Qualifier held at Vestal Thursday.
The Purple Lions had eight competitors qualify for the state meet being held June 7-8 at Middletown High School.
Abbey Yatsko is just a freshman, but she will be making her second trip to states for the Purple Lions and will be competing in three events.
At the State Qualifier, Yatsko won the 200-meter dash in 26.26 seconds and placed second on the 100m dash with a time of 12.82. The youngster also ran anchor leg of the Dryden’s 400m relay team with Amy DeGaetano, Rachel Wojcik and Mackenzie Todd that placed second in Division II and fourth overall with a clocking of 50.95.
Dryden had another winner as Rachel Hutchinson took first place in the 1,500m run with a time of 4:41.32. The senior will be making her second trip to the state meet.
Bryant Stuttle is the most experienced Dryden competitor in terms of the state meet. The senior placed first in Division II and second overall in the triple jump at 45 feet-4 inches and will be making his third trip to the big meet.
Megan Cornelius and Will Holt qualified for their first trip to the outdoor state meet after having competed indoors previously. Cornelius placed second in Division II and third overall in the pole vault after clearing the bar at 10-feet even. Holt advanced to states in both the 100m and 400m hurdles. The senior placed first in Division II, third overall, in the 400m hurdles (57.55) while grabbing second in Division II, fifth overall, in the 110m hurdles (16.02).
Also placing for the Purple Lions, but not meeting the state qualifying standards were Todd (second overall and D2, 16-7) in the long jump, Hutchinson (third D2, fourth overall, 2:21.21) in the 800m run and the boys 400m relay team (third D2, fifth overall, 45.43) of Bryan Arnold, Holt, Liam Joyce and Bryan Norman.
“We take a pretty experienced group and Abbey being only a freshman, making it in three events is amazing,” said Dryden coach Lee Stuttle of the his state meet crew. “I am looking forward to a great week of practice and see what happens at states.”
— Marathon Central had two competitors in the Division II State Qualifier. Senior Elizabeth Jewiss place fourth in the division and sixth overall in the 800m run with a time of 2:22.87. Freshman Daniel Harden placed fifth in the 400m dash with a time of 53.54.
— Groton Central senior Theo Moore placed sixth in the 3,000m steeplechase after a time of 10:52.31 while junior Jason Jenks placed seventh in the 3,200m run with a time of 10:27.94.
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