June 9, 2012
Moade, Seymour earn medals at state track meet
CICERO — DeRuyter’s T.J. Moade exceeded his seeding for award purposes Friday afternoon.
The Rockets’ senior standout was seeded fourth in the Division 2 boys’ 400-meter dash in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association meet at Cicero-North Syracuse but ended up taking third in 50.24 seconds.
Kevin Hunter of Section 1 Pawling won the event in 49.08, followed by Matt Murray (49.59) of Norwich in Section 4. Then came Ian Parnell of the Hackley School in Section 1, who was just ahead of Moade in 49.65. Since Parnell didn’t represent a NYSPHSAA school, Moade was awarded the bronze medal.— “T.J. went out quickly, was strong in the backstretch and looking good but in the homestretch didn’t have the pop he usually has,” DeRuyter coach Steve Camelbeek said. “But he did well; if anyone had told me beforehand that he’d run a 50.2 and finish third, I’d have taken it.”
DRYDEN’S ALEX SEYMOUR was one of four Purple Lions in action on day one. The senior placed fifth in the Division 2 girls’ pole vault as she matched her personal best by clearing the bar at 10-feet-6 inches. Seymour, who finished 12th overall among Division 1 & 2 competitors was seeded third and matched her seed height.
“It was nice to see Alex medal for a second year in a row,” Dryden coach Lee Stuttle said. “She has had a great career at Dryden and will continue to improve at Cortland State next year.”
Coach Stuttle was even prouder after the boys’ triple jump concluded. His son Bryant improved four spots over his 11th seed to grab seventh place as he broke his personal best by more than one foot.
The young junior hop, skipped and jumped his way to a distance of 45-6, shattering his previous personal best of 44-3.
“Bryant was on fire today,” Coach Stuttle said. “The D2 triple was unbelievable in what those athletes brought today.”
Rachel Hutchinson had to overcome a fallen runner which threw off her stride as the junior crossed the line 13th in Division 2 and 25th overall with a time of 2:21.36.
“Rachel was looking great,” Stuttle explained. “She was hitting her splits, but on the third 200, the girl in front on her fell to the track and she had to chop her steps and then eventually hurdle over the girl. This really disrupted her cadence and threw her off her pace and she didn’t get back into the race after that point.”
Eighth-grader Abbey Yatsko made her state debut in the 200m dash and placed 14th after clocking 26.74 seconds.
“I am pleased with the way Abbey raced today,” Stuttle said. “She attacked the race from the start and, with a heck of a head wind on the corner, ran a respectable time. This experience will be so beneficial, I can’t wait to see what happens with this girl the next four years.”
Dryden had one competitor in action today. Senior shot putter Evan Whitted began competing tat 11:30 a.m.
CORTLAND’S KATIE DOVI finished 16th in the Division 1 long jump at a distance of 16-7.25. Brittany Bryant from Cornwall in Section 9 won at 19-8.25. “It was a good jump but not a banner day,” Purple Tigers coach Ron Reed said. “The environment of the state meet is so very different from anything Katie has experienced. Many of the other athletes in both divisions have already competed in previous state meets, both indoor and outdoor. There is a definite advantage to that. I don’t know if Katie would run indoor track if we had a program, but I am completely confident that, if she did, her distances and times would be at the top of the state.
“Last year Katie missed the last half of the season due to a concussion. She really hasn’t jumped since ninth grade when she played ‘second fiddle’ to Nacirema Mann. I’m not trying to make excuses; in fact, I’m applauding the incredible achievements she has accomplished this season in such a short amount of time. It is a credit to her work ethic and goal-driven attitude.”
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