Guilderland wins first Section 2 girls’ track and field title; Shenendehowa boys win

Hurdlers in contest in rain

Guilderland's Parker Steele wins the 100 meter high hurdles at Colonie High School Wednesday.

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COLONIE – The Guilderland girls’ track and field team bettered Saratoga Springs this year in the Suburban Council meet and the Eddy Meet, but it was the Section 2 Group 1 Championships it really had its eye on. And with good reason. It had never won it before.

Guilderland came through Wednesday at Colonie High School, scoring 183 points to the Blue Streaks’ 146.

Each team had a big sweep late in the meet to keep the score close. Guilderland swept the top three spots in the 200 meters, with Kendall Barnhart winning in 25.37 seconds, Megan Swan taking second in 25.43, and Tatum Cramer earning third in 25.83.

Saratoga Springs countered with a top-three in the 3,000. McKinley Wheeler won in 10:00.30, Sheridan Wheeler placing second in 10:00.67, and Emily Bush taking third in 10:03.19.

Guilderland got a big lift from freshman Addison Vellekoop, who went out fast and stayed on top to win a contentious 800 field, finishing in 2:12.85. Shaker’s Leonni Griffin was second in 2:13.87, with Saratoga Springs’ Bush (2:14.72) and McKinley Wheeler (2:15.98) rounding out the top four. 

“I just wanted to start the first lap [fast] and see if the adrenaline could take me for the second one,” Vellekoop said. “I could hear [Griffin’s] footsteps, which just made me go faster. It feels really good, I’m really happy. I did it for the patch and the title.”

Vellekoop said everything was geared for winning the team title.

“It’s all focused on the team title,” Vellekoop said. “Just work together to win the team title, or at least try to.”

Fellow Guilderland freshman Parker Steele delivered a nice win in difficult conditions – felt by all for the first half or so of the meet – that included a swirling wind and rain. She captured the 100 high hurdles in 15.11.

“I was just hoping the wind was at my back and I didn’t have to run into a strong headwind again,” Steele said. “Today, all I had to do was just run for my team. I don’t really care about my time. It’s just for the points we needed.”

Guilderland’s girls also got victories from Avery Kerr in the pentathlon (2,596 points), the 400 relay team of Cramer, Kadija Sano, Steele and Megan Swan (49.10), Barnhart in the 400 (57.57), the 1600 relay team of Saida Assabahi, Swan, Vellekoop and Barnhart (3:56.64), Cramer in the long jump (17-11.75) and Sano in the shot put (36-8.75).

Sheridan Wheeler delivered a dominating win in the 2,000 steeplechase, finishing in 6:38.05, a top-10 time in the country.

Niskayuna’s Irana Bradford won the 100 in a personal-record 12.37.

“No, not at all,” Bradford said of expecting a PR time. “The wind was crazy, but I’ve been practicing more block starts in practice so I can actually pop out of them.”

Shenendehowa captured the boys’ title with 141 points to Saratoga Springs’ 135. Shenendehowa got wins from Logan Doll in the 3,000 steeplechase (9:50.42), Zane Ives in the 100 (11.14), Jason Colindres in the 400 (50.63) and a double from Braiden Pulver in the shot put (51-10.75) and discus (131-10).

The Blue Streaks got victories from the 3200 relay team of Thomas Isenovski, Andrew Hope, Luke Dacey and Owen Blaisdell in 8:15.46, the 1600 relay team of Charles Dybala, Hope, Aidan Slavett and Connor Varian (3:26.00), Evan Rando in the pentathlon (2,612) and Joao Dos Anjos Neto in the pole vault (14-0, top 10 height in state).

Section 2 Group 1 Meet

At Colonie H.S.


Team scoring

Shenendehowa 141, Saratoga Springs 135, Albany Academy 79.50, Colonie 76.50, Columbia 45, Albany 27, Shaker 27, Guilderland 19, Niskayuna 15, Bethlehem 11, Ballston Spa 10, Schenectady 3.

Individual events

100 – Ives (Shen), 11.14; 200 – Lester (Colum), 22.54; 400 – Colindres (Shen), 50.63; 800 – Norton (Colum), 1:59.48; 1,600 – Murphy (Beth), 4:22.43; 3,200 – Hesler (N), 9:26.01; 3,000 steeplechase – Doll (Shen), 9:50.42; 110 hurdles – Praileau (AA), 14.63; 400 hurdles – Alston (Shak), 56.83; 400 relay – Colonie (Fox, Gordon, Goddard, Ploof), 43.67; 1,600 relay – Saratoga Springs (Dybala, Hope, Slavett, Varian), 3:26.00; 3,200 relay – Saratoga Springs (Isenovski, Hope, Dacey, Blaisdell), 8:15.46; Long jump – Praileau (AA), 21-6.50; Triple jump – Holder (Colum), 42-2.75; High jump – Luncheon-Lowrie (AA), 6-3; Shot put – Pulver (Shen), 51-10.75; Discus – Pulver (Shen), 131-10; Pole vault – Dos Anjos Neto (Sara), 14-0.


Team scoring

Guilderland 183, Saratoga Springs 146, Shenendehowa 72, Shaker 40.40, Niskayuna 38.20, Bethlehem 35.20, Ballston Spa 30, Columbia 22.20, Colonie 14, Schenectady 6, Albany 2.

Individual events

100 – Bradford (N), 12.37; 200 – Barnhart (G), 25.37; 400 – Barnhart (G), 57.57; 800 – Vellekoop (G), 2:12.85; 1,500 – Bush (Sara), 4:32.34; 3,000 – M.Wheeler (Sara), 10:00.30; 2,000 steeplechase – S.Wheeler (Sara), 6:38.05; 100 hurdles – Steele (G), 15.11; 400 hurdles – S.Wheeler (Sara), 1:04.57; 400 relay – Guilderland (Cramer, Sano, Steele, Swan), 49.10); 1,600 relay – Guilderland (Assabahi, Swan, Vellekoop, Barnhart), 3:56.64; 3,200 relay – Saratoga Springs (Belisle, Berglund, Hart, M.Wheeler), 9:27.43; Long jump – Cramer (G), 17-11.75; Triple jump – Farmer (B), 37-6.75; High jump – Schewe (N), 5-0; Shot put – Sano (G), 36-8.75; Discus – Dochat (Shen), 110-0; Pole vault – McBain (Sara), 10-0.

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