June 1, 2012
Moade, Dovi earn trips to state meet
Rockets’ sprinter wins Division II 400m title
CICERO — Two local athletes are headed to the state high school state track meet next weekend after their performances at the Section 3 State Qualifier Thursday at Cicero-North Syracuse.
DeRuyter Central senior T.J. Moade won the Division II boys’
400 meters in 50.07 seconds to earn the right to return to C-NS for his first state meet. He beat runner-up Kevin Frasier, a senior from Syracuse CBA, by 1.28 seconds.
Moade holds the school record of 49.81 in the event, set last month at the William F. Eddy Memorial Meet in Schenectady when he broke his old mark of 50.1.
Cortland High junior Katie Dovi, meanwhile, also qualified for the state meet for the first time, taking second in the Division II girls’ long jump at a personal-best distance of 17-6. East Syracuse-Minoa senior Amanda Wall won the event at 17-11.5.
Homer Central just missed with two competitors coming out just short of advancing despite outstanding efforts.
Jekeytha Adkins placed second in her heat for the 100m hurdles during the semifinal round with a time of 16.51 which did get her to the finals. In the final, Adkins broke her own school record and broke the 16-second barrier for the first time with a clocking of 15.92 seconds. Her time was under the state standard, but she placed third in Division II standings.
Erin Leach did finish second in the 400m hurdles for the Trojans. Unfortunately, her time of 1:08.36 did not meet the state standard so she could not advance to the state meet.
l “T.J. was nervous beforehand, which I don’t usually see,” DeRuyter coach Steve Camelbeek said in discussing Moade’s performance. “He lost in the 400 at last year’s qualifier to a runner he’d beaten at sectionals, and it stayed with him. He didn’t do well in the 200, either, and came home disappointed. He wasn’t going to let that happen again. He knew this was his chance. He came in with the fastest time.
“He won it easily, and said he had a lot left. I expected it to be closer — usually there are two or three together at the finish — but he had it pumped up, and away he went. I took him to the Eddy meet to get him some good competition; he hadn’t been pushed. The top five finishers there were all under 50 seconds. Everything was planned to build up to this race,” the coach added.
Moade, whose sister Samantha earned a medal at the 2009 state Class D cross country meet with a 12th-place finish, also competed in the Division 2 boys’ 200 meters Thursday, taking third in 23.02, and teamed up with freshmen Skyler Hakes and Zach Wheeler and senior Robert Robbins to take third in the 400 relay in a personal-best 46.66.
l Dovi’s performance at the state qualifier continues a personal progression of improvement. “Katie’s speed on the runway has been improving and she has been focusing her attention on her jumping technique,” Purple Tigers coach Ron Reed said. “The work seems to be paying off. She jumped 15-4 at the OHSL Freedom Division meet on May 17, 16-7.75 at the Class A sectionals on May 22 and the 17-6. She is only 4.75 inches from tying Nacirema Mann’s school record set in 2010.”
CHS junior Emily Ross also competed in Thursday’s qualifier, her discus throw of 87-2 short of earning a spot in the finals. Ross owns the school record of 95-6, set at the Freedom Division meet, and according to Reed, “Only a junior, she has a promising future for next season.”
l Also for Homer, the girls’ 1,600m relay team of Erica Stevens, Taryn Waligurski, Grace Gugerty and Jade Auchmoody placed sixth with a time of 4:24.80.
The Homer 400m relay quartet of Emily Harrington, Hannah McEvoy, Lucy Connery and Lia Kabat placed 10th after a time of 53.88 seconds.
Individually, Tim Walsh was the only Homer boy in action as he placed fifth in the 800m run with a time of 2:01.48. Abbey Gray posted a time of 8:03.10 to place ninth in the steeplechase.
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