Fonda-Fultonville’s Petersens tops in hurdles at Section II state meet qualifier

Fonda-Fultonville’s Carter Petersen wins the boys Division 2 110-meter hurdles during the Section II track and field state qualifier meet Friday at Shenendehowa High School.
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Fonda-Fultonville’s Carter Petersen wins the boys Division 2 110-meter hurdles during the Section II track and field state qualifier meet Friday at Shenendehowa High School.

CLIFTON PARK Carter Petersen breezed, and soon afterward, Amelia Petersen barely held on.

While the brother-sister combination from Fonda-Fultonville may have gone about their respective hurdle events in different ways Friday, both are headed to the same destination next week after their Division 2 victories at the Section II state meet qualifier at Shenendehowa High School.

Carter Petersen added a boys’ 110-meter hurdle win to go with the pole vault triumph he notched Thursday, and Amelia Petersen prevailed in the girls’ 100 hurdle final that was so much more dramatic.

“I wanted it so bad,” Amelia Petersen said after clocking a personal-best 16.96. “There was no way I [could] get here and not qualify for states.”

Amelia Petersen had placed sixth in the 100 hurdles at the Section II Group 3 championships last week while her schoolmate, Adrianna Wojcik, won that race. Both of the Braves were among the leaders Friday when Wojcik hit a hurdle and tumbled, and Petersen kept on going.

“At the end, I had the lead and held on,” Petersen said.

That lead shrunk considerably late in the race, though, when Petersen changed from her three-step approach to a slower five-step approach before the ninth and 10th hurdles. Alyssa Soto of Coxsackie-Athens (17.06) and April Jacobs of Maple Hill (17.43) closed in and finished second and third, respectively.

“I was nervous,” the  junior said of her change in steps. “I just told myself, ‘You gotta’ go.’ This is something I’ve wanted since seventh grade.”

The Petersens’ dad, Section II 110 hurdle record holder T.J. Petersen, was awfully proud after watching his daughter gut out the win.

“She’s had it in her for two years,” the elder Petersen said. “She wasn’t able to put it together. Today, she did it.”

Carter Petersen won his race in 15.30, finishing well ahead of Eli Charlebois of Maple Hill (15.89).

“I just wanted to focus out and get a good time,” said Petersen, who will be among several multi-event Section II athletes at the June 10-11 state meet at Cicero-North Syracuse High School. “Next week, I want to better my time and do the best I can. It will be my first time out there so I’m looking forward to the experience and having some fun.”

Petersen won the Division 2 pole vault Thursday when he cleared 15 feet. The senior will be looking to add another state pole vault title to his collection after placing first at the New York’s indoor championships earlier this year.

“I am super excited for it,” the University of Montana commit said. “I feel I have the potential to be a state champion in the pole vault.”

“My brother has been a real big motivator for me over the years,” his sister said. “I want to have success like him.”

RECORD RUN

Mohonasen sprint star Zionna Perez-Tucker set a Section II record with a winning 11.80 in the girls’ Division 1 100-meter event. She bested Mia D’Ambrosio’s record of 11.89 that the former Schalmont sensation recorded in 2019.

Perez-Tucker had a slight lead over Niskayuna junior ace Kaleigh West halfway through before opening it up for another big finish after she clocked what had been a personal-best 11.92 in the prelims.

“I could see her shadow. She was coming, and I had to go,” Perez-Tucker said of West, who closed in 12.01. “After the race I said, ‘Thank you for the push.’ ”

Perez-Tucker will get a chance at two more state titles after winning the 200 dash later Friday in 24.74 and beating out Guilderland senior Willow Novak (25.97). The senior won state indoor titles in the 55 and 300 a few months ago.

“That [win in the 100] was motivation,” Perez-Tucker said of her 200 triumph.

Shenendehowa senior Carter Cukerstein set a Section II record with a win in the boys’ Division 1 100 in 10.29. Cukerstein came in as Section II’s all-time leader in the 100 with a 10.50 he ran earlier this spring. The previous Section II record of 10.56 was clocked by Winston Lee of Hudson in 2013.

Section II outdoor track and field records can only be set at sectional competitions, the state meet qualifier or at the state meet.

STEEPLECHASE NEWCOMER HEADED TO STATES

Logan Doll’s fourth official 3,000-meter steeplechase performance will be at next weekend’s state meet. His third such effort got the Shenendehowa junior there.

Doll clocked a 9:45.18 to win the boys’ Division 1 race ahead of Matt Rounds of Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (9:51.63).

“Coming into it, I thought he [Rounds] was going to whup me because he beat me in cross country,” said Doll, a first-year steeplechase competitor. “I was creeping behind him, and with three laps to go I passed him and tried to stretch it out.”

The junior admitted he was a little fuzzy finishing up as exhaustion had set in.

“I wasn’t sure what lap I was on,” Doll said. “When I hit the last hurdle, everyone was saying, ‘Finish,’ and I went from here. I’m feeling in disbelief a little bit because I finished first and got a good time.”

Doll had placed second (9:59.49) to Niskayuna standout Julian Franjieh (9:37.58) at the Group 1 championships. Franjieh started Friday’s race as required but stopped early on because he had already met the state qualifying super standard. Franjieh is the state leader at 9:08.46.

“Logan had to win to get to the states,” Shenendehowa coach Mark Thompson said. “And he did it with a 15-second improvement from his best time. He got pushed. He ran a 9:59 point at sectionals 10 days ago.”

Doll won the steeplechase at the Colonie Relays earlier in the season.

MORE RESULTS

The Saratoga Springs girls had a big day in Division 1 with Alycia Hart (4:33.37), Ella Kurto (4:34.80) and Emily Bush (4:35.13) going 1-2-3 in the 1,500, Sheridan Wheeler winning the 2,000 steeplechase (6:53.86), Amelia McBain winning the pole vault (11-3), and Bush, Alycia Hart, MacKenzie Hart and Kurto joining for a victory in the 3,200 relay (9:14.31).

Division 2 had several multi-event winners including Gianna Locci of Stillwater, who copped the 100 (12.30) and 200 (25.74) and anchored the Warriors’ first-place 400 relay (50.52). Zoe Tesi of Gloversville won the high jump (5-5) and triple jump (36-9), Uchenna Uba of Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk won the shot put (37-6) and discus (132-11.5), and Baden Salsbury of Ichabod Crane won the boys’ 100 (10.78) and 200 (22.10).

Shenendehowa’s D1 boys’ 400 relay group anchored by Cukerstein won in 42.16 and just missed the Section II record (42.14) set by Colonie in 2006. Schenectady was second in 43.03.

Che Samuel, who anchored that relay for Schenectady,  took down Rodolfo Edwards’ school 100 record (10.5 handheld, 10.74 converted) that stood since 1991 with a 10.69 in the 100 prelims.

BOYS

100 Div. 1 — 1. Cukerstein (Shen), 10:29; 2. Gershon (Mohon), 10.85; 3. Davis (Schen), 10.86.

200 Div. 1 — 1. Gershon (Mohon), 22.02; 2. Lester (Colu), 22.25; 3. Laboy (Alb), 22.62.

1,600 Div. 1 — 1. Davis (Colu), 4:23.56; 2. Siemone (AA), 4:24.64; 3. Richard (Alb), 4:25.85.

110 hurdles Div. 1 — 1. Kilgallon (Qby), 14.07; 2. Colindres (Shen), 14.07; 3. Nevin-D’Allaird (Mohon), 15.26.

3,000 steeplechase Div. 1 — 1. Doll (Shen), 9:45.18; 2. Rounds (BH-BL), 9:51.63; 3. Yannone (Colu), 10:56.61.

4×100 relay Div. 1 — 1. Shenendehowa (Dedrick, Gillan, McElrath, Cukerstein), 42.16; 2. Schenectady (Wells, Davis, Roberts, Samuel), 43.03; 3. Shaker (McLain, Tervay, Alston, Newkirk), 44.15.

4×400 relay Div. 1 — 1. La Salle Institute, 3:26.32; 2. Niskayuna (George, Fowler, Malatesta, Fesler), 3:26.42; 3. Colonie (Norris, Goddard, Gordon, Navedo), 3:27.44.

4×800 relay Div. 1 — 1. Saratoga Springs (Bush, Talarico, Dominguez, Bernd), 8:08.77; 2. CBA (McKenna, Marchese, Mangione, Frattarola), 8:19.61; 3. Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (Hughes, Robleno, Smith, Windecker), 8:19.73.

Pentathlon Div. 1 — Praileau (AA), 2,943 points; 2. Loupessis (AA), 2,716 points; 3. Vaughn (Sar), 2,557 points.

100 Div. 2 — 1. Seabury (IC), 10.78; 2. Woodberry (Vliet), 11.02; 3. Bell (Midd), 11.05.

200 Div. 2 — 1. Seabury (IC), 22.10; 2. Bell (Midd), 22.49; 3. Shull (CCHS), 22.83.

1,600 Div. 2 — 1. Corriveau (Warr), 4:38.48; 2. Flowers (Schal), 4:40.30; 3. Haner (Chat), 4:42.75.

110 hurdles Div. 2 — 1. Petersen (F-F), 15.30; 2. Charlebois (MH), 15.89; 3. Deal (M/N), 15.97.

3,000 steeplechase Div. 2 — 1. Marra (MH), 10:28.39; 2. Dettenrieder (F-F), 10:41.89; 3. Russo (TH), 10:52.83.

4×100 relay Div. 2 — 1. Tamarac/Hoosick Falls (Gregory, Price, Bartlett, Angell), 45.19; 2. Lansingburgh (Baker, Trujillo, Bradley, Govan), 45.96; 3. Maple Hill (Tuttle, Charlebois, Brewer, Pomykaj), 46.08.

4×400 relay Div. 2 — 1. Ichabod Crane (Greer, Barkley, Wall, Seabury), 3:34.87; 2. Cohoes (Thouin, Buttofucco, Martin, DeCelle), 3:35.94; 3. Maple Hill (Charlebois, Brewer, Haller, Sterantino), 3:38.71.

4×800 relay Div. 2 — 1. Ichabod Crane (Sweeney, Christian, Barkley, Wall), 8:28.59; 2. Fonda-Fultonville (Bluvas, Booth, Melita, Sanges), 8:36.96; 3. Chatham (Sitzer, Ti. Jeralds, Haner, To. Jeralds), 8:39.95.

Pentathlon Div. 2 — 1. Zaccaroli (TH), 2,435 points; 2. Ghorayeb (Still), 2,239 points; 3. Olden (Warr), 1,853 points.

GIRLS

100 Div. 1 — 1. Perez-Tucker (Mohon), 11.80; 2. West (Nisk), 12.01; 3. Wicks (AP), 12.42.

200 Div. 1 — 1. Perez-Tucker (Mohon), 24.74; 2. Novak (Guild), 25.97; 3. Healey (BS), 26.05.

1,500 Div. 1 — 1. A. Hart (SS), 4:33.37; 2. Kurto (SS), 4:34.80; 3. Bush (SS), 4:35.13.

100 hurdles Div. 1 — 1. Hickey (Guild), 15.34; 2. Brown (Mohon), 15.59; 3. Steele (Guild), 15.73.

2,000 steeplechase Div. 1 — 1. Wheeler (SS), 6:53.86; 2. Paolino (BH-BL), 6:54.09; 3. David (Beth), 7:14.12.

4×100 relay Div. 1 — 1. Guilderland (Swan, Scanlan, Cramer, Novak), 49.79; 2. Shaker (Karins, Medford, Sousa, Rowley), 50.90; 3. Ballston Spa (Bozeth, Kruzinski, McCray, Healey), 51.11.

4×400 relay Div. 1 — 1. Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (Torres, Robleno, O’Rourle, Paolino), 3:56.83; 2. Averill Park (Verardi, Barsalow, Lombardi, Wicks), 4:04.87.

4×800 relay Div. 1 — 1. Saratoga Springs (Bush, A. Hart, M. Hart, Kurto), 9:14.31; 2. Shaker (Dunkel, Bullington, Griffin, Higgins), 9:25.96; 3. Shenendehowa (Sinnott, Hendricks, Hotaling, Donaldson), 9:28.61.

Pole vault Div. 1 — 1. McBain (SS), 11-3; 2. Cacchione (Shen), 10-0; 3. Wagner (Columbia), 9-6.

Long jump Div. 1 — 1. Mazzacco (AP), 16-9.5; 2. Liu (Guild), 16-7.5; 3. Shen (Shen), 16-4.5.

Triple jump Div. 1 — 1. Seaman (SGF), 35-10.5; 2. Mazzacco (AP), 35-6.5; 3. Brown (Mohon), 35-4.

Shot put Div. 1 — 1. Brewer (Guild), 34-2.5; 2. Quinlivan (Mohon), 32-6.75l 3. Graves (Colonie), 32-2.

Discus Div. 1 — Dochat (Shen), 117-0; 2. Brewer (Guild), 103-3; 3. Mehalick (Qby), 98-3.5.

Pentathlon Div. 1 — 1. Kerr (Guild), 2,530 points; 2. Duchaussee (SS), 2,378 points; 3. Rogers (Schen), 2,268 points.

100 Div. 2 — 1. Locci (Still), 12.30; 2. Stevens (BKW), 12.89; 3. Hoffman (M/N), 12.95.

200 Div. 2 — 1.  Locci (Still), 25.74; 2. Hughes (Schal), 26.25; 3. Hoffman (M/N), 26.64.

1,500 Div. 2 — 1. Sgambelluri (Greenwich), 4:37.03; 2. Boler (AA), 4:48.30; 3. Rogan (Schuy), 4:57.13.

100 hurdles Div. 2 — 1. Petersen (FFCS), 16.96; 2. Soto (C-A), 17.06; 3. Jacobs (MH), 17.42.

2,000 steeplechase Div. 2 — 1. Sayahi (Voor), 7:34.00; 2. Squires (HV), 7:45.26; 3. Dove (Lans), 7:54.96.

4×100 relay Div. 2 — 1. Stillwater (Ka. Moran, Ke. Moran, Rich, Locci), 50.52; 2. Greenwich (Radovich, M. Abate, Cristaldi, C. Abate), 53.45; 3. Maple Hill (Fletcher, Jacobs, Hirschoff, Honsinger), 53.70.

 4×400 relay Div. 2 — 1. Stillwater (Rich, Ka. Moran, Estill, Ke. Moran), 4:10.75; 2. Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk (Ortiz, Canham, Tourangeau, Pagnotta), 4:17.13; 3. Albany Academy (Boler, Choma, Frazier, Gorospe), 4:18.19.

 4×800 relay Div. 2 — 1. New Berlin/Lebanon (Corbett, Jones, Meizinger, Giumarra), 10:16.72; 2. Voorheesville (A. McCarthy, C. McCarthy, Farrell, Crissafulli), 10:24.36; 3. Fonda-Fultonville (Young, Miller, Slezak, Charboneau), 11:06.60.

High jump Div. 2 — 1. Tesi (Glov), 5-5; 2. Salisbury (HV), 5-0; 3. Locci (Still), 5-0.

Pole vault Div. 2 — 1. Stark (Schuy), 9-9; 2. Miller (M/N), 9-0; 2. Tyler (B-P), 9-0.

Long jump Div. 2 — 1. Moran (Still), 17-5.25; 2. Hoffman (M/N), 16-4; 3. Miller (M/N), 16-1.

Triple jump Div. 2 — 1. Tesi (Glov), 36-9; 2. Moran (Still), 36-6; 3. Hughes (Schal), 34-11.

Shot put Div. 2 — 1. Uba (RCS), 37-6; 2. Alling (Greenwich), 35-4; 3. Collins (Greenwich), 35-3.5.

Discus Div. 2 — 1. Uba (RCS), 132-11.5; 2. Burden (Rens), 113-0; 3. Alling (Greenwich), 110-4.

Pentathlon Div. 2 — 1. Khadijah (C-D), 2,352 points; 2. Burke (LG), 2,049 points; 3. Trackey (GF), 2,037 points.

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