MONROE WOODBURY AND GOSHEN –– For the vast majority of Sullivan County runners, jumpers and throwers, the Section IX track and field championships followed by the Warwick Fast Times …
MONROE WOODBURY AND GOSHEN –– For the vast majority of Sullivan County runners, jumpers and throwers, the Section IX track and field championships followed by the Warwick Fast Times Relays and the Marlboro Throw Off meet, represented the last hurrah for this year’s glorious track and field season. For the seniors amongst them, those final moments in their careers will remain longstanding memories. For the top contenders from each team though, the two-day state qualifier staged at Monroe-Woodbury high school and at the Goshen Coliseum, remained the last chance to not only evince their personal bests, but to also qualify to perform on the grandest of stages, the NYSPHSAA track and field championships, which will play out at Cicero North High School in Syracuse on June 10-11.
To compete at the state qualifier, athletes had to meet or exceed the state standard. A rare few got to go to states by meeting what is known as the “superstandard,” an average of the top fourth place time or distance at the last five state meets in their event. Only the top finishers from Division 1 schools (with enrollments of 600 or more) and Division II (less than 600) and second place finishers who met the state standard, got to punch their tickets to states. This year, Sullivan County will send ten of its finest to vie for medals and commensurate glory against the very best from New York State’s other ten sections and subsequently, if they are victorious, against New York City’s Public School Athletic League winners (PSAL), the Catholic High School Athletic Association’s victors (CHSAA) as well as the Association of Independent Schools (AIS) in the Federation match ups.
This year’s state county slate of state contenders includes the following: Monticello’s Evan Waterton in the 3000 steeplechase (9:37.28) and the 3200 via the superstandard of 9:15.44, fellow Panthers Jadden Bryant in the high jump (6-3) and Taina DeJesus in the 400 hurdles (65.48). Sullivan West is sending seniors Chris Campanelli who finally broke Alan Ackerman’s record in the shot put with a heave of 52-03.50 and Grace Boyd, who added her school record-breaking performance in the 3000 of 11:02.30 to prior school records set this spring in the steeplechase and the 1500.
Fallsburg’s Gisella King will compete in the 400 (61.79). Tri-Valley’s Adam Furman will vie in the 3200 (9:37.68), the 1600 (4:25.66) and run a leg in the Bears’ 4x800 relay (9:02.93) along with Caleb Edwards, Craig Costa and Van Furman. Edwards will also compete in the 3000 steeplechase (10:00.16).
The following came close to making it this year. Shot put: SW’s Kathryn Widmann finished second (34-1.25). She broke school records this spring in both the shot put and discus. Triple jump: SW’s Violla Shami came in third (30-5), Long jump: Fallsburg’s Gisella King took third (15-3.75), 2000 Steeple SW’s Ella Herbert took third (8:42.95), 200: Liberty’s Wayne Kratz came in second (23.46) as did Gabriel Desrochers in the 400 (53.65.3) and Shaun Coles in the 110 hurdles (16.06.3). Monticello’s 4x100 relay was second 43.91. T-V’s Van Furman was second in Div II in the steeplechase (10:07.88). Discus: SW’s Chris Campanelli was third (139-9). Monticello’s Taina DeJesus finished second in the 100 hurdles (15.88), SW’s Grace Boyd nearly made it in three events as she finished second in the 400 hurdles (73.14). Liberty’s Sydania Foster took third in that event (73.97) In non-state meet events, Eldred’s Kessenia Soslowski was first in the javelin, T-V’s Brandon Kaplan and Armaan Butler were second and third in the hammer throw.
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