June 3, 2011
Homer’s Tozser, Adkins off to states
Photo courtesy of Tully Runners
Homer Central’s Bori Tozser (right) clears the water hazard barrier in the 2,000-meter steeplechase during Thursday’s Section 3 State Qualifier meet, held at Cicero-North Syracuse. West Genesee’s Laura Leff (front) won the race, while Tozser placed second and was the fastest Division II runner, earning the Trojan senior a spot in the state meet.
CICERO — Homer Central distance runner Bori Tozser and hurdler Jekeytha Adkins are headed to the state meet.
At the Section 3 Track and Field State Qualifier held Thursday at Cicero-North Syracuse High School, senior Tozser qualified for the state meet in Division II in both the 2,000-meter steeplechase and 800-meter run. Sophomore Adkins will be moving on in the 100-meter hurdles.
The New York State Public High School Athletic Association Championships are scheduled to be held June 10-11 at Caledonia-Mumford High School, just west of Rochester.
Cortland High senior Brian Etz finished second among Division I boys and fourth overall in the pentathlon with a score of 2,789 points, just missing a trip to the state meet.
The State Qualifier is broken into two divisions: Division I (Large Schools) and Division II (Small Schools). The winner of each event qualifies for the State Championship. A second athlete can qualify if they have met the State Standard for the event.
“Any athlete that qualifies to compete in the State Qualifier has had an outstanding season,” Homer coach George Schneider said. “It is a huge honor just to compete in the meet.”
Tozser led all the Division II runners from start to finish in the 2,000-meter steeplechase. While Division I competitor West Genesee’s Laura Leff won the event, Tozser was the top Division II finisher by more than 30 seconds with a school record time of 7:13.43.
In the 800m run, Tozser got off to a rough start and finished third in Division II, seventh overall, with a time of 2:22.71. She will be the second Section 3 Division II entry in the event because she met the state qualifying time earlier this season.
Adkins placed second in Division II in the 110m hurdles with a time of 16.42 seconds. She met the state standard earlier this season so she will advance to the state meet in the event. Adkins placed seventh in the long jump (15 feet-11 inches).
Other Homer individual performances included Havyn Bush placging fourth in the shot put (32-6.25), Abbey Gray running sixth in the steeplechase (8:07.71) and Jade Auchmoody placing fourth in her heat and 11th overall in the 400m hurdles (1:12.05).
The Trojans 400m relay team of Emily Harrington, Suzette Strauf, Lia Kabat and Rayne Perry ran a time of 53.57 seconds to finish eighth overall. For Homer boys, Chad Knapp, Kyle Clark, Jeremy Morris and Jordan Pettit won their heat of the 1,600m relay with an official time of 3:39.83. The boys finished seventh overall.
Despite personal-best performances in all events except for the high jump, Cortland’s Etz did not qualify for the state meet, falling short of the standard of 3,110 points for non-winners at state qualifiers. Etz’s best score of the season was the 2,806 points he compiled in winning the event at the OHSL Freedom Division meet. He was also crowned pentathlon champion at the Section 3 Class A-2 meet with 2,728 points.
Senior Eric Riley from Oneida (Division II) was the overall winner with 3,409 points, ahead of runner-up (and Division I champion) Sam Brandstadt, a senior from Whitesboro, who compiled 3,142 points. Riley’s Oneida teammate, junior Jimmy Moyer, was third overall with 3,002 points.
Etz’s strongest event Thursday was the long jump, in which he was the top Division I finisher and third overall at 19-6.75. Etz was second in DI and third overall in the 110-meter high hurdles in 16.24, second in DI and fourth overall in the 1500m in 4:47.33, third in DI and eighth overall in the shot put at 28-5.5 and third in DI and tied for seventh in the high jump at 5-3.
“Brian left it all on the track,” Purple Tigers coach Adam Collister said. “He gave it everything he had in every single event. I couldn’t have asked more from him. He gave more than what I thought was in him. He did tremendously.
“One thing that hurt him and the other competitors was that, unlike the other events, the 110 high hurdles was seeded. The top three finishers (including Etz) came from different heats. It could have been run as one event, and the top finishers would have pushed each other and could have earned more points for better times.”
DeRuyter junior T.J. Moade competed in a pair of events in the Division II boys’ meet, finishing fourth in the 400m in 53.29 and fifth in the 200m in 23.86. Cincinnatus senior Jake Manley was fifth in the 400m high hurdles in 1:00.63. In the Division II girls’ meet, Cincinnatus freshman Devin Blanchard was 10th in the long jump at 14-2.5.
None of the three local Division II athletes qualified for the state meet.
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