Veterans, athletes on the rise and newcomers were all part of a dominant display by the Amsterdam track and field team at Thursday’s Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Boys’ Invitational.
Julian Gallup is one of the new guys, and he ran on two winning relays and took the long jump crown for the deep Rams, who opted for a trip to the Spartans’ field after the Schenectady Invitational was postponed because of too few entries.
“We heard so many good things about Amsterdam track, so me and my brother decided to try it,” said Gallup, who is splitting time this spring playing baseball, running and jumping. “We thought it would be a great opportunity to see what we could do and help the team.”
Gallup, his twin brother Jared, and Amsterdam’s top name athletes — Izaiah Brown and David Graveley — were among a large cast that gave the team punch.
“From the kids who scored to the kids who didn’t score, it was a great effort across the board,” said Amsterdam coach Kevin Wilary. “Our shot putter, Giacamo Lanzi, went 42-8, and his best throws have been in the 36s. Alezey Rivera went 36 in the triple jump and his best was in the 33s. Jose Perez improved by 10 feet in the discus.
“These are kids practicing every day. They want to be good. They’re working, listening and responding.”
Amsterdam athletes prevailed in 10 of the 17 events, including five of the six field competitions.
“Everyone PR’d today,” said Brown. “It was fun to watch the guys go out there doing their best. [Bryan] Stanavich ran his first open 200 and almost had that kid.”
Brown won the high jump at 6-4 to equal his outdoor best, and was over the bar at 6-6 yet clipped it with his ankle. The star junior also anchored Amsterdam’s first-place 400 relay (43.3), and turned around immediately after that dash and coasted to a victory in the 400 (48.7).
“It took a toll on me,” said Brown, who competed on a sore ankle. “After running the relay and the 400, I decided to shut it down.”
The state 400 champ opted not to compete in the meet-closing 1,600 relay, and, with Edgar Maldonado filling in, the Rams took that race, too.
“We were hoping to get the best time in the section,” said Julian Gallup, who finished off a 3:31.9 1,600 relay after runs by Graveley, his twin brother and Maldonado. “We had it earlier in the year and lost it. We didn’t have Izaiah, but we still ran a good time.”
Stanavich, Lucas Dorr and Julian Gallup ran before Brown completed the 400 relay. Dorr won the 100 with a lean in 11.1, and Gallup went 20-7 1⁄2 for the best distance in the long jump.
“Doing the two sports, it’s keeping me busy, but I’m enjoying it more and more every day,” said Julian Gallup. “
“He’s a great addition to the team,” said Wilary. “The kid is a stud.”
Graveley won the 400 hurdles in 58.2. The junior was another Ram to PR, with a third-place 15.6 in the 110 hurdles.
“I didn’t blow it out like I did at Broadalbin-Perth. I ran a 57 there,” said Graveley. “I wanted to save something for the four-by-four.”
Lanzi took the shot put with a 42-8 3⁄4, Perez was best in the discus with a 113-11, and the Rams’ Omahri Sturdivant won the triple jump with a 41-4 1⁄2.
LaSalle senior Niall Coughlin held off the pack to win the 1,600 in 4:33.1.
“I got out too slow. My dad yelled at me, and I picked it up,” he said. “I wanted to run 4:30, and the slow start cost me that, but I still got a PR. You’ve got to start somewhere.”
Coughlin was in front from the start but couldn’t shake the group that followed. Michael Miller of Lansingburgh ran second in 4:34.8.
“I heard footsteps behind me,” said Couglin. “I did the work. I didn’t want to get caught. With 300 to go, I just drove my arms.”
Robert Kirsty and Lucas Cameron notched victories for Burnt Hills in the 800 (1:58.1) and 200 (22.6). Michael Sweet of Fonda-Fultonville won the 110 hurdles (15.3).
3,000 steeplechase — Quinones (Troy), 10:17.3; Bashant (BH), 10:29.6; Moeckel (BH), 10:34.2; 110 hurdles — Sweet (FF), 15.3; Jefferson (Troy), 15.5; Graveley (Amst), 15.6; 100 — Dorr (Amst), 11.1; Lawal (Duan), 11.1; Gac (Schal), 11.4; 1,600 — Coughlan (LSI), 4:33.1; Miller (Lans), 4:34.8; Rabideau (BH), 4:36.1; 400 relay — Amsterdam (Stanavich, Dorr, Ju. Gallup, Brown), 43.3; Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, 44.5; Green Tech, 45.6; 400 — Brown (Amst), 48.7; Ellis (CBA), 50.7; Hake (Coh), 51.7; 400 hurdles — Greveley (Amst), 58.2; DiCruttalo (BH), 61.3; Nellis (FF), 62.0; 800 — Kirsty (BH), 1:58.1; O’Brien (CBA), 1:59.5; LeFleche (CBA), 2:00.5; 200 — Cameron (BH), 22.6; Stanavich (Amst), 23.1; Miller (Troy), 23.4; 3,200 relay — Lansingburgh (McGuirk, Albarran, Carr, Miller), 8:37.0; Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, 8:37.5; Fonda-Fultonville, 8:48.6; 1,600 relay — Amsterdam (Graveley, Ja. Gallup, Maldonado, Ju. Gallup), 3:31.9; Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, 3:34.9; Cohoes, 3:38.2; Long jump — Ju. Gallup (Amst), 20-7 1⁄2; Hunter (FF), 19-9; Campbell (Coh), 19-7; Triple jump — Sturdivant (Amst), 41-4 1⁄2; Simon (GT), 40-11; DiCruttalo (BH), 40-9; High jump — Brown (Amst), 6-4; Barker (Lans), 5-6; Smith (BH), 5-6 (tie for second); Pole vault — Park (FF), 12-6; Braiman (BH), 11-0; Vardi-Davidson (FF), 10-6; Shot put — Lanzi (Amst), 42-8 3⁄4; Mussen (BH), 42-7 3⁄4; Kenyon (Duan), 41-5; Discus — Perez (Amst), 113-11; Mussen (BH), 104-6; Meccariello (Schal), 99-0.