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June 20, 2008

 

All-star glow to local track crew

When the OSHL Freedom Division held its Track and Field Championships in Chittenango, eight Homer Central athletes and one Cortland High senior earned first-team honors by winning events.
Trojan senior Heather Wilson won the 400-meter and 800m runs at the Freedom Division Championships. She went on to be the Division II state champion at the longer distance this past weekend at the University of Buffalo.
Classmate Jessica Bramhall captured the 1,500m and 3,000m runs at the league meet. Wilson teamed with senior Caitlin McMahon and the freshmen duo of Bori Tozser and Suzette Strauf to win the 3,200m relay while Wilson and McMahon joined senior Erika Trivisonno and junior Maureen DeAngles on the winning 1,600m relay team. The 1,600 quartet placed seventh at the state meet.
Bramhall went on to finish seventh at the state meet in the 1,500m run.
Homer sophomore Andrew Gregg was the eighth Trojan member to earn first-team honors by winning the grueling pentathlon.
In fact, it was a local sweep of the five-event challenge as Cortland High senior Deanna Bishop won the pentathlon on the for the girls to earn first team honors.
The Trojans had one second-team all-star as sophomore Annalise Hess placed second to Bishop in the pentathlon while Cortland High junior Robert Sanders earned second-team honors with his pentathlon runner-up finish to Gregg.
Homer coach George Schneider and Cortland High coach Ron Reed comment on their first-team all-stars:
Coach Schneider on the 1,600m relay team: “Erika Trivisonno, Caitlin McMahon, Maureen DeAngles, and Heather Wilson would be able to be a member of any team’s relay team. In fact, any one of the four girls would most likely be the best member of most other team’s 1600-meter relay. Combined they made up one of the best 1600-meter relay teams competing in Section III. They had the best time of any school, large or small, at the State Qualifier and in the process broke the school record by four seconds.”
Schneider on the 3,200m relay team: “Consistently filled with two freshmen (Suzette Strauf and Bori Tozser) and two seniors (Caitlin McMahon, Jessica Bramhall, or Heather Wilson), the girls 3,200-meter relay team finished the season undefeated. If it were not for the 1,600-meter relay and the 3,200-meter relay being so close together at the state qualifier this team may have competed in the State Championships.”
Schneider on Wilson: “Heather was named to the All-League team in four different events: the 400, the 800, the 1600-meter relay, and the 3200-meter relay. Heather ran the fastest 800 in Section 3 this year.”
Schneider on Bramhall: “Jessica was one of the best distance runners in our league this year and proved it by winning the 1,500 and 3,000 at the League Championships.”
Schneider on Gregg: “Although Andrew focused on the pentathlon in the championship season, he was one of the top 400-meter runners in our league this year, only losing the race once. Andrew hopes to represent the Central Team in the Empire State Games this summer in the 400-meter run.”
Coach Reed on Bishop: “Deanna was recognized for her superior performance in the pentathlon (2,090 points at the League meet; 2414 at Sectionals) again this year. The mix of events (100-meter hurdles, high jump, shot put, long jump and 800-meter run) is a challenge for all but the best athletes. Many of these are sprint-like in their nature; the 800, on the other hand, requires a high level of endurance. It is difficult to describe how technical some of these components can be. It requires hours of practice just to learn the basic techniques and countless more hours of drills and repetition to make significant improvement. Over the years, Deanna has shown that she has the determination and persistence required reach a higher level of accomplishment.”