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June 16, 2008

 

Homer runners just miss medals

Wilson won 800m gold Friday

BUFFALO — Day two of the New York State High School Track and Field Championships at the University of Buffalo saw Homer Central seniors Heather Wilson and Jessica Bramhall just miss making it to the podium.
Wilson, who actually received the gold medal in the Division II 800-meter run Friday — not the silver as previously reported because Phyllis Francis from Catherine McAuley in Brooklyn was a Catholic Schools (CHSAA) participate and was just listed in Division II to qualify for the Federation Championship qualifier — suffered some breathing problems Saturday and still finished eighth in the Federation final.
“Heather not only had to battle with her competitors, but also had developed a diaphragm cramp, which hurt her ability to run,” said Homer coach George Schneider. “Even with the cramp, she managed to run her first 400 in 1:04. Due to her cramp, Heather was unable to make her signature kick at the 200-meter mark and finished in eighth with a time of 2:17.29.”
While the Saturday morning temperatures were comfortable, things heated about by the time Bramhall stepped on the track for her 1,500m run, which was both the Division II and Federation final. Bramhall put together a solid effort and finished seventh in Division II, just missing a spot on the podium. She ran in the first of two heats that included Division I and II runners, plus Catholic (CHSAA), Public School Athletic League (PSAL) and Independent (AIS) competitors. The times from the two heats were merged into Division I, Division II and Federation standings.
“Although she does not like to run in warm, humid weather, Jessica stepped up to the challenge,” said Schneider. “Jessica ran her first 800 meters in 2:31, which was actually faster than most of the fast heat. She would finish ninth in her heat with a time of 4:53.54 seconds. Her time placed her seventh in division II, making her the fifth person from Homer to be just one place off the podium.”
The other Trojans to just missed the podium for the weekend were Erika Trivisonno, Caitlin McMahon, Maureen DeAngles and Wilson in the 1,600m relay, where they placed seventh in Division II on Friday. While this quartet did not have their best outing, they were State Meet competitors and they are both Freedom Division and Section 3 champions, just like Bramhall and Wilson.
“All these girls had a great season,” said Schneider. “I am very proud of what they all accomplished.”