MONROE – It is often said that “the cream rises to the top.” In all walks of life, those with the most talent, determination and drive prove this adage time and time again. In the …
MONROE – It is often said that “the cream rises to the top.” In all walks of life, those with the most talent, determination and drive prove this adage time and time again. In the case of track and field athletes that is certainly the case.
Muhammad Ali once noted, “champions aren’t made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside of them- a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have the skill and the will.”
For the vast majority of those who reach the state qualifier by dint of meeting the qualifying standards set forth for their events by New York State Public High School Association (NYSPHSA), that milestone represents an auspicious milestone in their track and field progress. But advancing from the state quals is an accomplishment recorded by the best in the Section.
Only the winner of each event from Division I (schools with 600 and above) and Division II (under six hundred) advance to the state championships. One other athlete from the event from each division who finishes second and has made the state super standard can also go to states.
This year, over the course of the two-day state qualifier, many runners, jumpers and throwers recorded PR’s (personal records) and nine advanced to states to vie for glory at the NYSPHSAA Track and Field Championships to be held at Middletown High School on June 9-10. Seven of those are from Tri-Valley, one from the Homestead Collaborative College High School and one from Monticello. This year’s Sullivan County state contenders are as follows:
From Tri-Valley: Van Furman: 3000 Steeplechase (10:07.79); Adam Furman: 1600 (9:45.30) and the 3200 (9:55.60). Craig Costa: 3200 (9:54.20); Amelia Mickelson; 3000: (11:51.53); Girls 4x800 Relay team: Amelia Mickelson, Mya Ibarra, Brynn Poley and Em Richardson (10:18.33). From the Homestead Collaborative College High School: 100: Gabriela Almonte (12:45). From Division I Monticello Taina DeJesus: 400 hurdles (1:04.86). Best of luck at states.
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