June 13, 2011
Tozser ends up with state silver
CALEDONIA — Homer Central senior Bori Tozser concluded her high school athletic career in successful fashion Saturday at the NYSPHSAA Track and Field Championships at Caledonia-Mumford High School.
In the final race of a stellar scholastic running career, Tozser ran a personal-best and school-record time of 7:07.89 in the steeplechase to finish second in the state among Division II competitors.
The other local athlete in action Saturday, senior Sam Rugg from Dryden, was hampered by a foul in the shot put on Friday that denied him any points and wound up finishing 15th in Division II. He was 29th overall among the 29 competitors with 2,467 points.
l Seeded first in her heat of the steeplechase and sixth overall among Division II runners, Tozser broke out on top early in the event and then exchanged the lead back-and-forth with McKenna Coughlin from Johnson City out of Section 4 for the first 1,500 meters.
With 300 meters left, she and another Section 4 runner, Mary Katherine Kulp from Vestal, both broke away from Coughlin. Kulp passed Tozser over the last hurdle to win the heat.
At that point, Tozser was the top Division II runner and had to wait for the results of the second heat. Sami Jorgensen from Pawling in Section 2 was the only Division II runner in that heat to turn in a faster time, finishing in 7:03.00, and Tozser came away with the silver medal in the event.
Pawling was seventh overall among 29 athletes from Divisions I and II, while Tozser — who finished 12th in Division II in the 8000-meter run on Friday in 2:20.27 — was 11th.
The overall winner was senior Mary Kate Anselmini from Ward-Melville in Section 1, who crossed the line in 6:33.14.
l Rugg finished seventh overall in the long jump at 19-8.25 to highlight his performance in the pentathlon, which was run over two days Friday and Saturday. He clocked in at :16.84 in the 110-meter high hurdles, cleared 5-11.25 in the high jump and finished in 4:52.60 in the 1,500m.
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