Shenendehowa boys, Saratoga Springs girls take Section II Group 1 track titles

Schenectady runner Deron Davis hands the baton off to Dior Roberts duirng the Section II Group 1 boys' 4x100-meter relay race at Colonie High School Wednesday.

Schenectady runner Deron Davis hands the baton off to Dior Roberts duirng the Section II Group 1 boys' 4x100-meter relay race at Colonie High School Wednesday.

COLONIE Shenendehowa senior Carter Cukerstein captured the boys’ 100- and 200-meter races Wednesday at the Section II Group 1 track and field championships at Colonie High School, leading the Plainsmen to the boys’ title.

He delivered for the Plainsmen, asked to win the race, but not push himself going for new, faster times prior to the state qualifying meet and more beginning next week. He captured both races easily, the 100 in 10.57 seconds and the 200 in 22.17, respectively.

“For the 200 I got out decently fast, I looked around to see if anyone was near me or not so I could pace myself,” Cukerstein said. “When I got towards the 100 [meter mark], someone was kind of close, so I kind of took off, secured the lead and I just ended up jogging in first so I could get points for our team.”

Shenendehowa distanced itself from Guilderland with a 143-point total compared to the Dutchmen with 86.50. Columbia was third with 77, Schenectady followed with 66.50 and Colonie was fifth with 65.

The Schenectady 4×100 boys’ relay of Jelani Wells, Dior Roberts, Deron Davis and Che Samuels bested Cukerstein and the Shen entry in 42.94.  

“We’ve been doing this since modified, it’s a good group, we enjoy being with each other, we’re good friends and it’s just practice,” Davis said. “We have to make sure we get the hand-offs, nice and snappy. You don’t want to bang their hand [with the baton], you want it straight and I don’t want my teammate being on my back. I want a good space between both of us, and it’s just repetition.”

The Patriot quartet had a goal of hitting the state meet qualifying time of 42.76.

“We came in for a time, we didn’t get it, but we were close,” Davis said. “Now it’s just hard work and going back to the lab [practice] and getting good.”

Saratoga Springs senior Jack Foster won two field events, the shot put with a throw of 55-feet, 3.25 inches and the discus with a mark of 168-08.

Saratoga Springs sophomore Amelia McBain won the girls’ pole vault with a height of 11-feet, winning the title in her first full season competing in the field event for the Blue Streaks.

“I took attempts at 11-9, which would be a PR [personal record],” McBain said. “I really wanted to get 11-9, but I was close on those [attempts], so it’s just next time. I want to get 12  by [the state meet].”

McBain was unaware of pole vaulting as a sport as recently as last spring.

“I started in May with Coach [Dennis] Hogan, I got invited through one of my gymnastics friends,” McBain said. “I never imagined myself on the track team ever. I didn’t even know it was an event. People ask me how I do it? I jump off the ground and hold on.”

She adapted quickly to the event and said her vault highlights are after clearing the bar.

“The higher I get I know I get to fall for longer, which is fun,” she said with a laugh. “I like having time in the air to be like … nice!”

The Blue Streaks edged Guilderland 154 to 149 points for the top spot. Shenendehowa was third with 82, followed by Shaker with 48 and Bethlehem fifth with 46.

Saratoga Springs sophomore Emily Bush was a double-winner, capturing the 3,000 in 9:52.16 and the 1,500 in 4:32.37, and also ran a leg on the winning 1,600 relay squad. 

Niskayuna junior Kaleigh West won the 100 in 12.32 and 200 in 25.95 and ran a leg on the Silver Warriors winning 400 relay squad in 49.36.


Team scores

Shenendehowa 143, Saratoga Springs 86.50, Columbia 77, Schenectady 66.50, Colonie 65, Niskayuna 50, Shaker 30, Albany 24, Guilderland 18, Albany Academy 11, Bethlehem 9, Ballston Spa 9.

Individual results

3,200 — Brimhall (SHEN), 9:22.01. 110 hurdles — Colindres (SHEN), 15.34. 400 hurdles — Colindres (SHEN), 56.64. 100 — Cukerstein (SHEN), 10.57. 1,600 — Bush (SARA), 4:13.81. 200 — Cukerstein (SHEN), 22.17. 3,200 relay — Saratoga Springs (Harris, Blaisdell, Dominguez, Bernd), 8:16.76. 400 relay — Schenectady (Wells, Davis, Roberts, Samuel), 42.94. 400 — Gordon (COLO), 51.87. 400 hurdles — Colindres (SHEN), 56.64. 800 — Malatesta (NISK), 1:56.43. 3,000 steeplechase — Franjieh (NISK), 9:37.50. 1,600 relay — Shaker (Crawford, Ehrlich, Antifaiff, Hood), 3:39.43. High jump — Kemp (COLO), 6-0. Pole vault — Mitola (SHEN), 12-0. Long jump — Wheeler (COLU), 20-07. Triple jump — Wheeler (COLU), 45-2.25. Discus — Foster (SARA), 168-08. Shot put — Foster (SARA), 55-3.25. Pentathlon — Vaughn (SARA), 2,508. 


Team scores

Saratoga Springs 154, Guilderland 149, Shenendehowa 82, Shaker 48, Bethlehem 46, Niskayuna 42, Ballston Spa 26, Columbia 21, Colonie 12, Schenectady 8, Albany 1.

Individual results

3,000 — Bush (SARA), 9:52.16. 100 hurdles — Hickey (GUILD, 15:25. 100 — West (NISK), 12.32. 1,500 — Bush (SARA), 4:32.27.  200 — West (NISK), 25.95. 3,200 relay — Saratoga Springs — (Belisle, Wheeler, A. Hart, Kurto), 9:32.67. 400 relay — Niskayuna (Goyette, Manzo, Martinez, West), 49.36. 400 — A. Hart (SARA), 58.01. 400 hurdles — Healey (BSPA), 1;05.53. 800 — Griffin (SHEN), 2:14.65. 2,000 steeplechase — Wheeler (SARA), 7:016.13. 1,600 relay — Saratoga Springs (Kurto, M. Hart, Bush, A. Hart), 4:03.05. High jump — Ennist (SHEN), 5-02. Pole vault — McBain (SARA), 11-00. Long jump — Douglas (BETH), 16-08. Triple jump — Hilton (GUIL), 35-01. Discus — Dochat (SHEN), 119-02. Shot put — Brewer (GUIL), 37-00.25. Pentathlon — Kerr (GUIL), 2,441.

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