June 4, 2010
Trojan duo, Purple Tiger move on
CICERO – A total of three local athletes for Homer Central and Cortland High qualified for the New York State Track & Field Championships during the Section 3 Division I and II Qualifiers at Cicero-North Syracuse High School Thursday.
Trojan senior Andrew Gregg and junior Bori Tozser each qualified for the Division II State Meet while Cortland High junior Nacirema Mann advanced to the Division I Championships. The State Meet will take place next Friday and Saturday at Vestal High School.
Gregg weaved his way, literally and physically, to finish first in the 400-meter hurdles. His time was 56.58, but considering he had to dodge the competitors on his left and right, it was a good effort.
“Even though his rhythm was thrown off, Andrew ran a very solid race,” Homer coach George Schneider said.
After clearing the third hurdle, the runner to Gregg’s right fell into his lane forcing the senior to hurdle him as well. On the very next hurdle, the runner to the inside stumbled into Gregg’s lane and he had to swerve to the far right of his lane before continuing. The rest of the race was less eventful.
Tozser led the 2,000m steeplechase from start to finish. She posted a winning time of 7:24.14 to advance to Vestal. Tozser also qualified in the 800m run. While finishing second in the event, he official time of 2:18.78 met the qualifying standards for the State Meet.
“Bori will have a busy meet,” Schneider said. “She will compete in the 800 Friday (June 11) and the steeplechase Saturday (June 12).”
Jaclyn Yonta, Suzette Strauf, Tori Lewis and Rayne Perry competed in the 400m relay and placed fourth overall with a time of 52.41. Lewis competed in the 400m hurdles and placed 11th.
Frank Davis, Gregg, Chris Dewey and Jordan Pettit made up the four-person 400m relay team and placed fifth with a time of 46.62. Davis competed in the pole vault and placed seventh with a height of 11-feet-6 inches.
CORTLAND’S MANN placed second in the Division I long jump. Her leap of 17-10.75 met the qualifying standards and set a new Cortland school record in the process. Mann broke the previous record set by Andrea Talentino in 1984 earlier this season and re-established the newer mark Thursday.
Mann did not qualify in the high jump as her best effort was 5-0, good for a tie for third.
Angie Simmons ran fifth in the 100m dash with a season-best time of 13.04. She also posted a time of 26.99 in the 200m dash. with neither time qualifying for the state event.
Eric Reisweberclosed out his Cortland High career with a fourth-place finish in the pole vault. The senior cleared the bar at 12 feet.
Purple Tiger junior Brian Etz totaled 2,554 points in the pentathlon to place ninth in the final overall standings
“Eric certainly gained confidence in his ability and overall success,” Cortland coach Bob Vidulich said. “He had a great season and did just a fine job.
“Brain Etz did a great job in the pentathlon, he continued. “Brian had a personal best in the long jump as well as a 4:50 personal best in the 1,500m run. Brian was just a super competitor and as a junior I think you need to watch for him in this event next year.”
DeRUYTER AND CINCINNATUS sent competitors to the Division II Qualifier, but none advanced.
Jake Manley posted the best finish and he place third in the 400m hurdles with a time of 58.94.
William Rheinheimer placed sixth in the 110m hurdles with a time of 16.16, but the Red Lion did not clear the bar in the pole vault.
DeRuyter’s 1,600m relay team place fifth. Alan Cizenski, Billy Haws, T.J. Moade and Robert Robbins posted a time of 3:42.36. T.J. Moade added an eighth-place finish in the 800m run with his time of 2:04.02.
The Rockets’ Samantha Moade ran a time of 11:19.96 in the girls’ 3,000m run. Moade finished eighth in the event.
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