Suriano, Shenendehowa run down foes

Zac Suriano's impressive victory in the 800 part of Shenendehowa's success story in the Eddy Meet.
Holy Names’ Klarissa Ricks, left, receives the baton from teammate Sherez Mohamed during the Girls 400 meter relay at the 68th annual Eddy Track Meet held at Union College Saturday. Holy Names place first in the event.
Holy Names’ Klarissa Ricks, left, receives the baton from teammate Sherez Mohamed during the Girls 400 meter relay at the 68th annual Eddy Track Meet held at Union College Saturday. Holy Names place first in the event.

Shenendehowa senior Zac Suriano was

patient, and quite prosperous, Saturday at Union College.

“We knew the guy from Colonie was going to take it out strong. We let him do the work for the first 500, 600 meters,” Suriano said after winning the 800-meter run at the Will­iam F. Eddy Jr. Memorial Track and Field Meet. “With a couple hundred to go, we went.”

Suriano had a little more juice in his legs, though, and finished ahead of schoolmate Ryan Jones for one of four victories recorded by the team champion Plainsmen at the 68th annual event under ideal weather conditions at Frank Bailey Field.

Jim Schwendtner placed first in the discus and second in the shot put, Patrell Brown and Charles Karam went one-two in 400 and Mike

Danaher won the invitational mile by less than a second as Shenendehowa defended its title with 921⁄2 points. Rome Free Academy was second with 64, while Bay Shore edged 2007 champ Holy Names by a half-point for the girls’ team crown.

Four girls’ meet records were set, three of them by Section II athletes, while four-time Eddy champion Jillian King of Scotia-Glenville continued her comeback from a leg injury with a third-place effort in the 1,500.

“It’s always big to win the Eddy Meet,” said Shenendehowa coach Don Paretta. “This is one we point to every year. This is a meet where we like to showcase our individual talents.”

Suriano clocked a school-record and area season-best 1:53.06, surging late to pass early front-runners Nick Santos of Colonie and Dan Wolfanger of New Hartford, who eventually finished fourth and third, respectively.

“Coming in, the school record was 1:53.5,” said Suriano, who’ll run and study chemistry at Notre Dame. “At 400, I was at 57 [seconds], and I was thinking, ‘Today is the day.’ I was in great position, sitting third or fourth and well within reach of the leaders.”

Suriano ran second in the Eddy mile a year ago, yet would not be denied Saturday, using a strong kick to finish off the 800.

“On the final turn, I could see Santos was dying, and I knew the opportunity was there. I really

focused on my stride coming in,” he said. “That’s been a weakness of mine. Finishing the final stretch.”

Jones closed in a personal-best 1:54.49, and afterward, the senior earned plenty of plaudits from


“Ryan ran the gutsy race and kept the pressure up. He’s the guy who took the sting out of the other guys, and Zac picked up the pieces,” Par­etta said. “That’s teamwork. Maybe next time it will be the other way around.”

Schwendtner won the discus with a throw of 165-3, and his

50-51⁄4 was good for second in the shot put behind Juston Torres

(50-71⁄2) of Rome Free Academy.

“I got back to where I wanted to be, in the 160s,” said the meet’s outstanding male performer, who’ll compete next year at Delaware. “I tweaked a hamstring at Penn Relays and I’ve been in a little slump, but I’m coming out if it. I’ve got to start peaking now.”

Brown and fellow senior Karam went 48.90 and 51.08, resectively, in the 400, while Danaher (4:22.31) edged Tyler Stewart (4:22.81) of Colonie and Louis Serafini (4:22.86) of Niskayuna in a fantastic battle for mile laurels. Top seeded Roland Graves (4:24.23) of Guilderland, ran fourth.

“We were strong all across the board,” Paretta said. “That’s something we try to do every year. We coach every event.”


Bethlehem was the only other Section II school with multiple victories as its promising junior tandem of Sam Smith and Jake Platel proved best in the high jump (6-6) and pole vault (14-6). Smith went a personal-best 6-5 earlier in the week before breaking that mark Saturday, and afterward, just missed three times at 6-71⁄4.

“The school record is 6-7, and on all three of my attempts [at 6-71⁄4] I tipped the bar with my butt. I was real close,” Smith said. “I feel it’s going to happen, but 6-6 was great for today.”

Platel was hoping for great things after clearing an area-best 14-9 at last weekend’s Queensbury Invit­ational.

“It would have meant a little more if I could have gone 15 feet. That’s my goal right now, and when I get it, I’ll set another one,” he said. “It’s not all about winning. It’s about getting better.”

Chris Fagan of Albany won the long jump (22-3⁄4) and ssophomore teammate Kareem Morris ran second in the 100 (11.24). Morris had little rest after running a 50.8 anchor on ther Falcons’ runner-up

4 x 400 relay.

Riker Wikoff of Albany Academy continued his solid senior season with a triumph in the 400 hurdles (54.82), James Ryan of Salem won the triple jump (45-21⁄4), and Voorheesville was the lone Section II boys’ team to capture a relay title, taking the 3,200 (8:02.85 with Ryan Allison, Nathan Bub, Mackey Lloyd and Ian Powell).

Despite running most of the race by herself, Holy Names senior Claire Hardwick set a meet record in winning the 3,000 (10:05.79), besting the 10:08.59 King churned out as an eighth-grader in 2004. Holy Names freshman Klarissa Ricks won the day’s shortest race, but also one of its most dramatic, with a 12.65 in the 100.

Ricks placed fourth in the 100 last year.

“That, obviously, wasn’t one of my best meets,” she said. “I wasn’t used to running three times, plus the rain and everything. I’ve learned what to do and what not to do.”

What Ricks didn’t mean to do was make contact with Schenectady sen­ior Shatiira Browne, who spilled across the finish line in a second-place 12.70 while skinning her left knee, right elbow and shoulder.

“We were both leaning so far, and she hit my hand,” Browne said. “That’s all it took. I just went down and tumbled.”

Ricks is the only runner who has beaten Browne in the 100 this season, with the first win coming at the Schenectady Invitational.

“She beat me by one one-hundredth of a second [12.82 to 12.83] two weeks ago,” Browne said. “We’ll meet again at the state qualifier.”

Ricks placed second in the long jump (18-33⁄4) behind the meet’s outstanding female athlete, Ashley Hendrix of Uniondale, and also joined with Christina Cooper, Theresa Kennedy and Sherez Mohamed on a first-place 400 relay (50.0). Holy Names also got a win out of Laura Isabella in the 400 (58.75).

“We don’t come here and say, ‘Let’s win the meet.’ We come here to run as well as we can,” said Holy Names coach Carlo Cherubino. “I had a whole bunch of people run PRs.”

Holy Names finished with 761⁄2 points to Bay Shore’s 77. Sarah McCurdy led Bay Shore with victories in the 800 (2:12.52) — beating out 2007 winner Jordan White (2:13.42) of Holy Names — and 1,500 (4:35.57).

King, who began competitive running just this month after breaking her fibula in a skiing accident in February, placed third in the 1,500 (4:41.46) and sixth in the 800 (2:18.14). The last time the Georgetown-bound standout failed to win an individual Eddy Meet race was in 2003, when as a seventh-grader she placed third in the 1,500.

“I wasn’t expecting much after the 800,” said King. “I just wanted to get another race under my belt. I’m trying to get my legs back in time for the state qualifier.”

“That’s the first 1,500 she’s run since indoor, and that race had two of the best kids in the state [McCurdy and runner-up Mary Kate Champagne of Seton Catholic],” said Tartans coach Jim Krogh. “For Jillian right now, it’s about getting back to running mentally and phys­ically with those girls.”

record run

Saratoga Springs sophomore Madalayne Smith ended Hendrix’s bid for a fourth straight 100 hurdles title with a meet-record 14.10.

“I wanted to break the meet

record. It feels real good,” said Smith, who last week ran the fastest 100 hurdle time in Section II history at 14.04 at the Hartford Invitational. “In the semifinals, I nicked a bar, but the final was a smooth run.”

Amber Stanley of Saratoga Springs had held the Eddy 100 hurdle record with 14.41 set in 1998.

“We’re happy to keep it in the family,” said Blue Streaks coach Linda Kranick.

Shenendehowa’s Morgan Roche, Lizzie Predmore, Alex Burtnick and Cara Janeczko ran a meet-record 9:22.44 in the 3,200 relay, topping the 9:28.84 Shenendehowa had produced in 2004. Another meet record fell in the pole vault, with Linda Hadfield of New Hartford clearing 11-6 to top the 11-1

Natasha London of Hudson Falls

recorded in 2003. Michelle Quimby of Shenendehowa came in as the No. 1 seed with an all-time Section II best of 11-11, but placed second at 11-0, losing in a jumpoff.

Sarah Palmer of Schuylerville won the high jump (5-6), and Shenendehowa’s all-underclassmen foursome of Allie Maguire, Meredith Cully, Anna Suriano and Kathleen Klein won the 1,600 relay (3:58.50).

Hendrix won the 400 hurdles (63.17), holding off Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake’s Kendra Adams (63.86), and won the long jump for the fourth year in a row at 19-1.

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