Saratoga Springs’ Chmiel sets another national record

Guilderland’s Noah Carey wins the mile ahead of Donovan Tucker on Saturday at the Eddy Meet at Schenectady High School.
Guilderland’s Noah Carey wins the mile ahead of Donovan Tucker on Saturday at the Eddy Meet at Schenectady High School.

SCHENECTADY – Kelsey Chmiel did it again, and the Saratoga Springs distance star wasn’t even pushed.

Just days removed from a national sophomore record in the 2-mile run, Chmiel set another one on the 3,000-meter race Saturday at the 77th annual William F. Eddy Jr. Memorial Track and Field Meet at Schenectady High School.

Chmiel clocked a 9:18.09 for the highlight performance at the meet that also included a pair of hurdle victories for Colonie’s Jeremiah House, a tense mile dual between Guilderland’s Noah Carey and Niskayuna’s Donovan Tucker, a 1-2 finish by Schalmont twins Francisco and Antonio Beltran in the 800-meter run, and a Shenendehowa sweep of the 400 relays.

As she has often done in her cross country and track career, Chmiel ran most of her race alone at an even pace while setting the national record for 10th-grade girls and establishing an all-time Section II best.

Saratoga’s Nicole Blood had held the area and national mark (9:24.03) since in 2004.

“When no one is there, I just try to focus on form,” Chmiel said after moving to the top of this season’s United States leaderboard.

Chmiel set the national sophomore record in the 2-mile run (9:59.62) two Friday’s ago at the Glenn D. Loucks Games in White Plainsmen. Among her indoor season accomplishments was a national sophomore record in the 3,000 (9:26.28) when she won the state championship.

“You never think you’ll have another Cheri Goddard, another Erin Davis, another Nicole Blood,” Saratoga coach Linda Kranick said. “Along comes Kelsey.”

Chmiel set Eddy Meet records in winning the 1,500 (4:23.81) and the 3,000 (4:23.81) last year. She ran just once Saturday.

“Last year I did the two events,” Chmiel said. “I was definitely more fresh today. I wanted to go as fast as I could.”

Eva Scott of Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (10:09.66) placed second to Chmiel. Faith Demars of Ballston Spa and Kerry Flower of Schalmont were a distant third (10:31.58) and fourth (10:32.24).

“She’s got that championship tenacity,” Schalmont coach Rich Kranick said of Chmiel. “It’s that piece you can’t teach.”

Chmiel and House were selected the meet’s outstanding performers, House after winning the 110 (14.10) and 400 hurdles (53.66) with school-record times and anchoring a runner-up 1,600 relay. House and Albany’s Kevin Mitchell were even with three hurdles to go in the 400, and the Colonie senior surged for the victory.

“I got out-leaned last year and finished second,” House said. “I was thinking about that the whole race. On the third to last hurdle I just went. It was go time.”

House won the state public school 55 hurdles this past indoor season.

“I don’t see myself as a superstar,” House said. “I’m just a guy who wants to accomplish goals.”

Carey did that with his win in the mile — his first Eddy Meet triumph — where the senior clocked a 4:17.17 to Tucker’s runner-up 4:17.76.

“Freshmen year, second. Last year, second. I used that as motivation,” Carey said. “I wanted to make sure I got a win here.”

Tucker ran much of the race sandwiched between Carey and his Guilderland teammate, Noah Tindale.

“I kept trying to make a move,” Tucker, a junior, said after setting a school record.  “It was a fight between me and Noah [Carey].”

Carey applauded the effort by Tucker, whose sophomore year was interrupted by a series of injuries.

“He ran a crazy race,” Carey said. “He ran a 4:19 before. I knew he had leg strength and endurance.”

Schenectady junior Maazin Ahmed, who won the mile in 2016, scratched due to an illness after helping the Patriots place second in the 3,200 relay early in the meet.

“He gave us a two-flat [in the 3,200],”  Schenectady coach Joe Bennett said. “He gave us what he could. He didn’t have enough to come back. The timing is unfortunate because of the what’s ahead. We want him to get healthy.”

Amsterdam senior Kevon Boucaud won the long jump (22-3 1/4) and placed second in the 100 (10.80) and 200 (22.21) to Christopher Borzor  of Uniondale (10.75, 21.91).

Schalmont’s Francisco Beltran (1:56.06) edged his brother Antonio (1:57.84) in the 800, with both sophomores setting personal records.

“The first lap we work together and block people out,” Francisco Beltran, who placed 11th in the 800 last year, said. “The last lap it’s every man for himself.”

Shenendehowa foursomes made quick trips around the track in sweeping the 400 relays. Nick  Michalowski anchored the Shenendehowa boys’ school-record run of 43.24 after taking a handoff from David Benson. Uniondale was second in 43.35.

“On the third leg we got the lead and I finished it,” Michalowski, a senior, said. “I heard footsteps. I held up. It was a good race.”

Kelly Hamlin anchored the Shenendehowa girls group that prevailed in a season-best 48.95.

“I don’t think we’ve done that this year,” Hamlin, a junior, said of the Plainsmen’s relay sweep. “It’s nice to see Shenendehowa take the 400 back-to-back.”

Alexandra Tudor played a key relay role with her second-leg sprint, and also won the long jump (17-11 3/4) and  triple jump (36-11 1/2) to put herself in consideration for the meet’s top female award.

“I just know I went by a lot of people,” Tudor, a junior, said of her relay leg.

Tudor, who excelled for Shenendehowa’s state final four basketball team,  had never won an individual Eddy Meet event before Saturday. Her showing helped Shenendehowa defend its girls’ team championship.

“I did a lot today, but I  wanted to do a lot,” she said. “The goal was to get wins.”

Averill Park junior Alana Carroll defended her pole vault title  with a meet-record 12-6. She set a personal-best 12-7 at Wednesday’s Suburban Council championships.

“I was definitely going for a PR,” Carroll said. “Some days it doesn’t quite work out. I’ll get it soon.”


Team scores

Uniondale 47, Shaker 43, Albany 35, Colonie 32, Amsterdam 26, Schalmont 24, Smithtown East 24, St. Johnsbury Academy 22, Queensbury 20.5, Broadalbin-Perth 20, Guilderland 19, Scotia-Glenville 16, Shenendehowa 16, Taconic Hills 15, Averill Park 14, Schenectady 13, Ballston Spa 12, Niskayuna 12, Amityville 12, Glens Falls 11, Stillwater 10, Canajoharie 10, Seton Catholic 8, CBA-Albany 8, Carthage 6, Johnstown 6, Cobleskill-Richmondville 6, Columbia 5, Catholic Central 4, Bay Shore 4, Schuylerville 4, Fort Plain 4, Bethlehem 4, Port Jefferson 2, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake 2, Westbury 2, Greenwich 2, Albany Academy 2, Tully 2, Hoosic Valley 1.5, Iroquois 1.


100 –  Christopher Borzor (Un), 10.75; Kevin Boucaud (Amst), 10.80; Ian Clough (SJ), 11.6; 200 – Christopher Borzor (Un), 21.91; Kevin Boucaud (Amst), 22.21; Giordano Williams (Un), 22.35; 400 – Syeed Holtzclaw (Alb), 48.92; Andrew Kelsey (Shak), 50.49; Alex Hitchcock (CR), 50.77; 800 – Francisco Beltran (Schal), 1:56.06; Antonio Beltran (Schal), 1:57.84; Jacob Greski (SG), 1:59.59; 1-mile  Noah Carey (Guild), 4:17.17; Donovan Tucker (Nisk), 4:17.76; Noah Tindale (Guild), 4:21.51; 3,200 – Chris Hughes (GF), 9:20.89; Caleb Moore (SC), 9:23.04; Kevin Cawley (SE), 9:39.94; 110HH – Jeremiah House (Colo), 14.10; Jeremy Chen (Shak), 14.56; Nick Michalowski (Shen), 14.58; 400IH – Jeremiah House (Colo), 53.66; Kevin Mitchell (Alb), 54.33; Justin Runge (Car), 54.89; 400 relay  Shenendehowa (Matthew McLaughlin, Jaylin Sykes, Devid Benson, Nick Michalowski), 43.24; Uniondale, 43.35; Albany, 43.49; 1,600 relay – Albany (Blaise Umuhuza, Kevin Mitchell, Jarrell Chaney, Syeed Holtzclaw), 3:20.52; Colonie, 3:21.89; Uniondale, 3:24.52; 3,200 relay – Queensbury (Kevin Bouyea, Zach Wiekierak, Dan Manzella, Stephen Kowalczyk), 8:08.46; Schenectady, 8:11.60; St. Johnsbury, 8:12.21.

High jump – Daniel Claxton (SE), 6-9; Nate Helms (TH), 6-4; Nick Frasier (John), 6-4; Pole vault – Jake Tyler (Still), 13-9; Keegan Skinner (CBA), 13-6; Chris Wagner (BP), 13-6; Long jump – Kevon Boucaud (Amst), 2-3 1/4; Ethan Ballard (Q), 21-5; Shane Hotaling (TH), 20-8 1/2; Triple jump – Kwaku Ofosu (Shak), 44-2 1/2; Jama Ogagan (SG), 44-1; Blyden Nartey (Shak), 44 1/2; Shot put – Jeff Derwin (BP), 55-11 1/4; Elijah Washington (BS), 51-3 1/2; James Cocca (AP), 48-3 3/4; Discus – Mikey Hartlieb (Can), 153-2; James Cocca (AP), 148-4; Brodie Talbot (SJ), 147-1.


Team scores

Shenendehowa 82, Uniondale 51, Cohoes 28, Saratoga Springs 26, Shaker 24, Guilderland 22, Rome Free Academy 20, Iroquois 18, Stillwater 16, Emma Willard 16, South Glens Falls 16, St. Johnsbury Academy 16, Amsterdam 15, Holy Names 12, Sachem East 12, Colonie 12, Averill Park 11, Niskayuna 11, West Genesee 10, Mohonasen 10, Tully 10, Westbury 9, Quensbury 9, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake 8, Glens Falls 8, Bay Shore 8, Schalmont 8, Columbia 6, Ballston Spa 6, Downsville 4, Baccalaureat 4, Ichabod Crane 4, Smithtown East 2, Maple Hill 2, Scotia-Glenville 2, Albany 2, CBA-Syracuse  2, Johnstown 2, Bethlehem 2, Schenectady 2.


100 – Natalie Ricci (Coh), 12.56; Aiyana McIntyre (HN), 12.69; Kelley Abunaw (EW), 12.75; 200 – Nia Joyner (Shak), 25.10; Natalie Ricci (Coh), 25.43; Michema Guerrier (Un), 25.79; 400 –  Zhane Smith (Coh), 56.58; Kaitlyn Famiglietti (SE), 57.96; Nia Singer (BS), 58.47; 800 – Emily Young (WG), 2:13.90; Jessica Donald (Tu), 2:15.85; Edena Sanchez (Amst), 2:15.99; 1,500 – Hannah Reale (Shen), 4:29.78; Regina Rosati (SGF), 4:35.86; Julia Zachgo (Shen), 4:37.42; 3,000 – Kelsey Chmiel (Sara), 9:18.09; Eva Scott (BH), 10:09.66; Faith Demars (BS), 10:31.58; 100HH – Mimi Liebers (Sara), 14.54; Gabby Stanavich (Amst), 14.65; Zaria Fuller (Un), 14.93; 400IH – Asia Jinks (Un), 65.01; Emma Hayes (Q), 65.86; Devanee Baskerville (Colo), 66.42; 400 relay – Shenendehowa (Melissa Haas, Alexandra Tudor , Emily Schaffer, Kelly Hamlin), 48.95; Rome Free Academy, 49.93; Uniondale, 50.08; 1,600 relay – Uniondale (Jalissa Casimir, Zaria Fuller, Casey Green, Bianca St. Cilien), 3:56.87; Shenendehowa, 4:06.68; Colonie, 4:06.94; 3,200 relay – Niskayuna (Erica Wasserbach, Sydney Smith, Abigail Spiers, Amelia Kokernak), 9:16.96; Shenendehowa, 9:28.35; St. Johnsbury, 9:49.45.

High jump – Sharde Johnson (EW), 5-5; Sabrena Quintois-McKinney (SGF), 5-2; Caitlyn Zegger (Shak), 5-0; Pole vault – Alana Carroll (AP), 12-6; Jenny McLaughlin (Shen), 11-0; Lena Calkins (Moh), 10-6; Long jump – Alexandra Tudor (Shen), 17-11 3/4; Isabella Bruno (Guild), 16-10; Kasey Gorton (GF), 16-7 1/2; Triple jump – Alexandra Tudor (Shen), 36-11 1/2; Dieusi Armand (West), 36-10 1/2; Isabella Bruno (Guild), 36-7 1/2; Shot put – Rachel Donner (Ir), 41-8 1/2; Jillian Shippee (Shen), 41-7 3/4; Madison Krushina (Still), 36-10; Discus   Madison Krochina (Still), 122-10; Sarah Crockett (RFA), 119-4; Rachel Donner (Ir), 116-4.

Reach Gazette Sportswriter Jim Schiltz at 395-3143, [email protected] or @jim_schiltz on Twitter.

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