Seeds for this year’s outdoor track and field state championships were released earlier this week, as Section II’s athletes found out how they stack up heading into the two-day event.
The 2017 state championships take place this Friday and Saturday at Union-Endicott High School. Events start at 11 a.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday.
Athletes qualified from Section II for the state championships during events conducted last week at Shenendehowa.
Here are 10 numbers to know as Section II’s individuals and relays gear up for this year’s state championships.
106: Spots Section II earned into this year’s state championship fields.
50.29: Seed time for the Emma Willard entry in the Division 2 girls’ 4×100-meter relay, which is tied as the top-seeded Section II team in a girls’ relay at No. 4. Emma Willard’s team, including alternates, consists of Ava Cristiano, Lauren Berry, Khairat Raji, Kelly Abunaw, Kat Fousek and Ava Turner.
30: State championship division fields in which Section II has qualified multiple athletes. There are multiple entries from Section II in 16 girls’ fields and 14 boys’ fields
14: Shenendehowa leads Section II schools with athletes entered in this many events at the championships.
9:07.71: Seed time for the Shenendehowa entry in the Division 1 girls’ 4×800-meter relay, which is tied as the top-seeded Section II team in a girls’ relay at No. 4. Shenendehowa’s team, including alternates, consists of Jada Dennis, Olivia Lomascolo, Julia Zachgo, Hannah Reale, Jade Dennis and Jennifer McClintock. Shenendehowa already won a 4×800-meter relay state championship this year during the indoor season.
5: Total athletes to receive top seeds from Section II in events. That includes Cohoes’ Zhane Smith (Division 2 girls’ 400-meter dash), Shenendehowa’s Reale (Division 1 girls’ 800-meter run), Saratoga Springs’ Kelsey Chmiel (Division 1 girls’ 3,000-meter run), Colonie’s Jeremiah House (Division 1 boys’ 110-meter hurdles) and Broadalbin-Perth’s Jeff Derwin (Division 2 boys’ shot put and discus throw).
4: Section II athletes going to the outdoor state championships who won individual state championships during the indoor season. Listed with their event from the winter, that foursome includes Chmiel (girls’ 3,000-meter run), Shenendehowa’s Jill Shippee (girls’ shot put and weight throw), House (boys’ 55-meter hurdles) and Saratoga Springs’ Nicholas Cavotta (boys’ long jump).
3:27.99: Seed time for the Schalmont entry in the Division 2 boys’ 4×400-meter relay, which is the top-seeded Section II team in a boys’ relay at No. 6. Schalmont’s team consists of Francisco Beltran, Antonio Beltran, Hunter Fallat and Easton Reagan.
3: Competing in both the Division 1 girls’ 1,500- and 3,000-meter runs, Chmiel is seeking her third individual state championship of the 2016-17 school year. Besides her top seed in the 3,000, Chmiel — a state champion during the cross country and indoor track seasons — is the fifth seed in her division’s 1,500 race.
1: Defending state champions from Section II competing at this year’s state championships. Reale, a Shenendehowa junior, won last year’s Division 1 girls’ 800-meter run.
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