June 6, 2013
Dryden’s state eight chasing after medals
DRYDEN — Eight athletes, eight chances at a medal.
Those are the goals as eight Dryden High athletes head to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Division II Track and Field Championships Friday and Saturday at Middletown High School.
Purple Lion seniors Bryant Stuttle, Rachel Hutchinson, Will Holt and Megan Cornelius will be joined by freshman Abbey Yatsko, fellow frosh Amy DeGaetano, sophomore Mackenzie Todd and junior Rachel Wojcik in the quest to bring some fame and glory back to the area.
Stuttle, the son of Dryden track coach Lee Stuttle, has the most experience as he makes his third trip to the state meet. The Cornell University-bound jumper is the second seed in Friday’s triple jump (46-feet-1.5 inches) and looks to better the two seventh-place finishes in his previous trips.
“Bryant is looking to get on the award stand this year,” his father said. “This is his only goal left to achieve. He broke the school and IAC record earlier in the year. Bry is looking great in practice and with his experience from the last two years, I believe he will medal.”
Hutchinson, who heads to Roberts Wesleyan University in the fall, will compete Saturday in the 1,500-meter run and is the fourth seed (4:39.04 ). This is her second trip to the state meet.
“What a great academic and athletic career Rachel has had at Dryden,” Stuttle said. “She is the school’s Valedictorian and has eight school records. At states, the goal is to medal and break her own school record. I believe Rachel can meet this goal as she has been running very fast and peaking at the right time.”
Yatsko will be the busiest Purple Lion as the freshman will compete in both the 100m and 200m dashes Friday as well as the 400m relay in her second trip to the state meet. She is the 13th-seed in the 200m (26.08) and 16th-seed in the 100m (12.68).
“Abbey is having an incredible year,” Stuttle said. “For a freshman to qualify in three events for the state meet is amazing. Abbey is practicing well and looking good for this weekend. Her goal is to make the D-II final in the 200 and have the 400 relay team medal.”
Holt will be competing in his final high school meet Friday before heading to Tompkins Cortland Community College in the fall. In his first trip to outdoor states, Holt will compete in two events. He is the ninth-seed in the 400m hurdles (57.55) and the 17th-seed in the 110m hurdles (15.74).
“Will’s goal was to qualify for the outdoor state meet as he has competed in two indoor state meets,” Stuttle said of hurdler Holt. “With that goal met, Will is looking for PRs (personal records) in both events.”
Cornelius is another first-timer at the state meet. The RIT-bound senior will compete in the pole vault Friday where she is the fourth seed (10-0).
“Megan has been jumping consistently at 10-feet the past month and has had great attempts at 10-6,” Stuttle reported. “She is hoping for a jump of 10-6, which I believe will get her on the award stand.”
The 400m relay team of DeGaetano, Wojcik, Todd and Yatsko is the eight-seed (50.50) for Friday’s preliminaries.
“These four girls are working hard to clean up their baton passing, run a PR and get on the medal stand,” Stuttle said.
Action gets underway at 11:30 a.m. Friday in the field events with the boys’ pole vault. Action on the track starts at 12:30 p.m. with the boys’ and girls’ 110m hurdles for the pentathlon. The final events for the first day are scheduled to start at 5:40 p.m., but times are always subject to change depending on how the events are proceeding. Saturday events on the track and in the field begin at 10 a.m.
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