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School track: Johnston second at Eddy Meet

By James Schiltz
Saturday, May 17, 2014

Nastasja Johnston’s third runner-up trophy at Saturday’s William F. Eddy Jr. Memorial Track and Field Meet was the hardest earned.

“My motivation? Since I didn’t do too well in the long jump, I had to do it for my team,” said the star Columbia High School junior. “I had to do it. I had to try to keep her in back of me.”

Johnston was gassed, but Columbia’s anchor runner succeeded, holding off a Saratoga Springs pursuer down the stretch to clinch second in the 1,600-meter relay at Schenectady’s Larry Mulvaney Field.”

Johnstown followed Selena Lott, Asia Cornwall and Alison Romer as Columbia clocked a 3:58.96. Uniondale won in 3:53.71. Saratoga was third in 3:59.58.

“The last leg, I had to hold it,” said Johnston.

Johnston set a school record with a second-place 56.81 in the 400 early in the meet, and later went 17-11 1/4 for the runner-up spot in the long jump. Johnston came in hoping to pop something big. She recently went 19-0, which is No. 3 on the all-time area list.

“I wish I had gold, but it happens,” said Johnston. “Every day can’t be your best day running and jumping.”


Jacob Wick took second in the 100 and third in the 200, and Andrew Canavan ran second in the 3,200 to lead Niskayuna to fifth place in the team standings at Saturday's Cicero-North Syracuse Invitational.

Here's Niskayuna's top-six athletes from the meet.

100: Jacob Wick, 2nd, 11.46; Mateo Parzych, 4th, 11.59

200: Jacob Wick, 3rd, 24.16; Joey Romano, 5th, 24.66

400: Mateo Parzych, 4th, 54.14

3,200: Andrew Canavan, 2nd, 9:58.18

3,000 steeplechase: Matt McDermott, 6th, 10:18.43

400 relay Tim Cook, Mato Parzych, Chris Lemelin, Jacob Wick, 3rd, 46.28

Long jump: Joey Romano, 6th, 18-5 1/2

Triple jump: Nick Shanahan, 5th, 38-3

Shot put: Stephen Van Hoesen, 5th, 43-5 1/2

Discus: Stephen Van Hoesen, 5th, 118-7

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