June 13, 2009


Red Lion Randall runs 4th at states

CICERO — Jenn Randall was the local standout Friday on the opening day of the New York State Division II Track and Field Championships at Cicero-North Syracuse’s Richard J. Nastasi Track and Field Complex.
The Cincinnatus Central senior ran a personal-best 2:17.02 to finish fourth in the girls’ 800-meter run, earning a medal in the process. Randall beat her former top time by over a second, that 2:18.08 coming in last week’s Section 3 state qualifier as she took first place overall.
Randall was to vie for a second medal today when she competes in the 1,500m run. Phyllis Frances of Catherine McAuley won the girls’ 800m in 2:12.71.
The Dryden boys’ 400-meter relay team of juniors Tim Scheftic and Andy Horton plus seniors Josh Piger and Jake Kotowski also brought home a medal, taking fifth in a season-best 43.97. That was less than two-one hundredths of a second out of third place. Cleveland Hill won the event in 43.08.
“We knew that in order to have a chance to medal we had to extend the hand-offs,” Purple Lions coach Lee Stuttle said. “It paid off. The boys hit every exchange and ran the fastest time of the year.”
Dryden senior Tara Brenner also medalled, finishing in a tie for sixth in the girls’ pole vault at a season-best height of 10-0. New York Mills junior Linda Hadfield won at a height of 11-6.
Dryden junior Beth Schwab placed 11th in Division II in the girls’ 3,000m in 10:42.44, the event won by senior Genna Hartung of Plattsburgh Seton Catholic in 9:57.96.
After three events in the boys’ pentathlon, Homer Central junior Andrew Gregg was ninth in Division II with 1,791 points, while Dryden sophomore Sam Rugg was 13th with 1,661 points. Senior Sean Cooper of Burke Catholic was in the Division II lead after the first day with 2,096 points. The 100m high hurdles, high jump and shot put were contested Friday, the long jump an 1,500m set for today to finish the event.
Dryden junior Tyler Beck was also slated to compete today, in the boys’ 1,600m.