June 14, 2008


Silver glow to Wilson, Brenner

BUFFALO — Silver medals were awarded to Homer Central senior Heather Wilson and Dryden High junior Tara Brenner after the first day of the New York State High School Track and Field Championships at the University of Buffalo.
Wilson accomplished her goal of breaking the 2:16 mark in the 800-meter run as she posted a time of 2:15.39. That was good for second place behind sophomore Phyllis Francis out of Catherine McAuley in Brooklyn, who won the Division II race in 2:11.91.
Both runners are among the top eight times in Division I and II and advance to the Federation 800m Championship, which ran at 10:40 a.m. this morning.
Brenner cleared the bar at 11 feet-3 inches to place second in Division II and sixth in the Federation.
Shenendehowa junior Michelle Quimby was first in Division I and the Federation at 12-feet even. Vestal sophomore and Section 4 record-holder Camille Ginyard was second in Division I and the Federation while New York Mills sophomore Linda Hadfield was third in the Federation, but the Division II champion, has they both cleared 12-feet as well, but had more misses than Quimby.
“Tara didn’t have her best day, but it was not her worst,” said coach Lee Stuttle. “I am pleased with how much Tara has improved this past year. She is jumping higher, working harder in practice and understanding the mental side of the event.
“At times she seemed to struggle today, but got herself together and made the heights we knew she could make,” Stuttle added. “She had a very successful junior year and I am very proud of the way she competed this year. When one leaves the state meet with two medals, it has been a successful day.”
The Homer 4x400 relay team finished seventh in the Division II field. Erika Trivisonno, Caitlin McMahon, Maureen DeAngles and Wilson posted a time of 2:13.63, off their personal best.
Holy Names Academy from Section 2 took first place as Laura Isabelle, Sherez Mohamed, Lauren Recchia and Rayanne Geleta posted a time of 4:01.96.
In addition to Wilson, Homer classmate Jessica Bramhall will compete today in the Division II and Federation 1,500m run at 1:10 p.m.