June 5, 2009
Nine area athletes qualify for upcoming intersectional meet
The area will be well-represented at next weekend’s state track meet.
Jen Randall of Cincinnartus qualified in two events while nine different Dryden athletes — seven boys and two girls — earned berths in five different events in their respective Section 3 and 4 qualifier meets Thursday.
Randall was the overall winner in the 800 meters in 2:18.08, shading runner-up Nicole Darling of Jordan-Elbridge (2:18.46). Liverpool’s Trina Bills took third in 2:21.88 and was the top Division I finisher. In the 1,500m, Randall’s time was 4:43.51, second only to Division I runner Molly Malone of Fayetteville-Manlius, the winner in 4:34.64.
Randall is the first Cincinnatus athlete ever to compete in the state meet, the program having returned to varsity status only last year after a long hiatus.
HOMER’s BORI TOZSER turned in a solid effort in the 2000-meter steeplechase. Tozser finished third with a time of 8:02.30, the best finish of any Trojan girls in competition. Unfortunately, none of the Homer girls advanced to the State Meet.
Jaclyn Yonta placed second in her heat of the 100-meter hurdle finals qualifying for the finals with the fourth fastest time (16.89 seconds). In the finals, she got out to a quick start in what turned into a race between herself and Linda Hadfield from New York Mills (the number one seed). At the sixth hurdle Hadfield had short lead, but from the sixth hurdle to the 10th, Yonta closed the gap and pulled even, according to Trojan coach George Schnieder. On the 10h hurdle, Yonta caught her foot and did everything she could to keep from falling over or leaving her lane. Her last 10 meters were not her prettiest of the season, but she did manage to cross the line and finish fourth overall with a time of 17.15. Jaclyn’s new personal best time from the semi-finals moved her to number three all-time for Homer in the event.
Maureen DeAngles placed fourth overall in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:10.52.
The 400-meter relay team ran the semi-finals with Kourtenee Kohne, Jaclyn Yonta, Kindrah Kohne, and Rayne Perry. Even with a few rough hand-offs the team ran a season best time (53.32) to qualify for the finals. In the finals, a fully recovered DeAngles, returned to position on the team in place of Kindrah Kohne. With better hand-offs the team managed to lower their season best by another half-second to 52.78 and placed fifth overall.
“All of the girls had a great season,” said Schnieder. “With five of the six that ran in the state qualifier returning next year, we look forward to more success in the spring of 2010.”
“We had an awesome meet last night,” said Dryden coach Lee Stuttle. “Out of 20 events, we had 11 seasonal and/or personal bests and 10 place winners that were highlighted by nine kids making it to the State Meet in Division II. The kids came to compete and it showed by their performances.”
For the boys, Tyler Beck ran to a third-place overall finish in the 1,600-meter run. Beck posted a personal best time of 4:26.91.
The Purple Lions 400m relay steam will have five members, one being the alternate, advancing to Bragman Stadium at Cicero-North Syracuse High School after placing fifth overall in 44.54 seconds. The team includes Tim Scheftic, Andy Horton, Josh Piger, Drake Kotowski and Sean Norman.
Sam Rugg had the best overall finish as he placed second overall, first in Division II in the pentathlon with a personal best total of 2,902 points.
ON THE GIRLS SIDE, Beth Schwab and Tara Brenner will each represent Dryden in Division II competition. Schwab was fourth overall in the 3,000m ruin after a new school record time of 10:35.94.
Brenner was fourth overall in the pole vault after clearing the bar at a season best 9 feet-6 inches.
Also placing but not advancing for Dryden were Katie Harvey (6th,100m, 13.21, PB), Tim Scheftic (5th, long jump, 20-6.5), Sam Engel (6th triple jump, 33-9.5), Jack Wei (6th high jump, 5-10, PB) and Laura Streeter (4th, discus,105-2, PB).
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