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School Track: Rothacker guts out 1,500 win

School Track: Rothacker guts out 1,500 win

A head cold and a windy backstretch at Saturday’s Queensbury Invitational couldn’t keep Burnt Hills-

A head cold and a windy backstretch at Saturday’s Queensbury Invitational couldn’t keep Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake junior Janelle Rothacker from the spotlight.

“It hurt a lot, but I’m happy with the way it turned out. A five-second PR is really nice,” Rothacker said after winning the 1,500-meter run. “I didn’t think I’d do that coming in.”

Rothacker gutted out her victory early in the meet, and Burnt Hills athletes added several more in another productive day for the busy Spartans.

“We’ve had nine or 10 meets in the last three weeks,” said Burnt Hills senior Dani Martino. “It’s insane, but it makes us better.”

Martino and Robert Kirsty picked up back-to-back 800 wins, and Luke Cameron surged for a triumph in the 200 soon after. Promising eighth-grader Renee Manosh was part of an all-underclassmen, first-place 400 relay, and Kalli Manley was best in the pole vault.

“They keep bringing me medals to put in my backpack,” said Burnt Hills coach Emily Lewek.

Rothacker’s was hard-earned, and using a late kick she’s well-known for, the Ballston Spa transfer added to her 1,500 trophy collection after prevailing at the Burnt Hills and Hudson Falls invitationals.

Rothacker was clocked in 4:38.71, and Margaret Champagne of Seton Catholic placed second (4:42.90).

“I conserved most of the race. Held my position. The Queensbury girl had the lead, and another girl was with me when I took the lead with 700 meters to go,” she said. “The last 200, I kicked it and held on. It worked out.”

Rothacker used a late burst to overtake Schalmont standout Julia Flower in winning the 1,500 at the Burnt Hills Invitational.

“The first time I saw her turn it on at the end of a race like that was at the indoor state meet, when she was second in the 1,000,” said Lewek. “She’s such a strong runner, and a smart runner. She knows how to pace.”

Rothacker did not compete at Wednesday’s dual meet with Saratoga Springs and Ballston Spa.

“I had a cold all week. I ran Monday, but Wednesday I felt so sick,” Rothacker said. “I was thinking around 4:50 today. My best was 4:43, and I ran a quarter of the race into the wind. When I saw the clock, it was like, ‘That’s cool.’ ”

Rothacker will be competing at the Eddy Meet Saturday at Schenectady High School.

“Our prom is the night before. I’ve opted not to go so I can be rested for the Eddy Meet,” she said. “I’d like to do well there.”

Martino led throughout in her 800 win (2:21.63), while Kirsty found something extra to notch his (1:57.47) win over Shenendehowa’s Colin Rowe (1:57.82).

“The Shenendehowa kids are so good,” the senior said. “One of them passed me with 300 to go, and I was like, ‘That was too early,’ but I wanted it. With 225 left, I took the lead and just ran.

“I don’t usually hear footsteps. I heard them today.”

Martino and schoolmate Allie Fernandez set the pace in the girls’ 800.

“Allie was on my hip, and it felt right. We were working off each other,” said Martino. “It helped me, mentally. I was in a good place.”

Cameron won the 200 rather comfortably in 22.86.

“On the turn I saw the Columbia kid in lane five,” said the senior. “I started to drive my arms and drive my knees. I wanted to catch him.”

Cameron, Kirsty, Jordan Braiman and John Rabideau gave BH-BL a win in the 1,600 relay (3:33.37).

Nikari Carota of Queensbury (67.35) caught Caitlin Scavone of Schuylerville (67.39) with a lean at line for one of the meet’s most dramatic victories in the 400 hurdles.

“We both went over the last hurdle at the same time. I knew it was going to be close,” said Carota. “I don’t give up easily. I fight to the finish.”

Carota earlier broke her own meet record in the 100 hurdles prelims (15.11), and then went faster to take the final (14.91). The University of Buffalo-bound senior also ran the start leg on Queensbury’s runner-up 400 relay and placed third in the long jump to help the hosts claim the team championship.

“You don’t want to lose on your own turf,” she said. “You’ve got to to do it for the team.”

Columbia junior Nastasja Johnston set meet records in winning the long jump at 18-7 and the 400 in 58.28.

“I focus on speed and acceleration when I’m running,” said Johnston. “The drills I’m doing are helping me jump better.”

Johnston broke her own school record with a 19-0 long jump earlier in the week. That’s good for No. 3 on the all-time area list.

Zoe Doolittle of Glens Falls doubled in the weights, Bethlehem prevailed in the 1,600 and 3,200 relays behind Danika Jensen and Natalie Muller, and Chanel Thomas of Gloversville won the pentathlon.

Robert Haughton of boys’ team champ Saratoga Springs won the 400 hurdles and helped the Blue Streaks take the 400 relay. Brian Greenberg of Bethlehem won the long jump and triple jump with a meet record (46-5). David VanDenabeele of Gloversville won the pentathlon by one point over Chris Johnson of Queensbury.


Saratoga Springs 102, Shenendehowa 851⁄2, Queensbury 79, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake 74; Scotia-Glenville 59, Bethlehem 421⁄2, Corinth 411⁄2, Gloversville 36, South Glens Falls 28, Ticonderoga 23, Lake George 21, Columbia 19, Schuylerville 18, Seton Catholic 15, Greenwich 141⁄2, Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons 12, Plattsburgh 12, Beekmantown 11, EKMW 11, Hudson Falls 8, Glens Falls 7, Whitehall 7, Voorheesville 6, Peru 5.

100 — Kevin Bekkering (SG), 11.23; Tyrell Adams (Q), 11.30; Tyler Llewellyn (SGF), 11.37; 200 — Luke Cameron (BH), 22.86; Mike Gaule (Colu), 23.20; Marcus Meehan (Colu), 23.46; 400 — James Doty (Q), 51.63; John Ferrone (LG), 52.13; Elliot Favreau (Sara), 52.73; 800 — Robert Kirsty (BH), 1:57.47; Colin Rowe (Shen), 1:57.82; Jack Vite (Shen), 1:59.35; One mile — Jeremy Spiezio (Green), 4:28.33; John Gay (EKW), 4:37.80; Daken Broadhead (SG), 4:41.11; 3,200 — Tanner Flint (Cor), 9:43.01; Jeriqho Gadway (Plat), 9:48.10; Nick Matson (Shen), 9:57.57; 110 hurdles — Shawn Bleichert (Shen), 14.83; Max Comer (Schuy), 15.20; Shawn Silliman (Tic), 15.33; 400 hurdles — Robert Haughton (Sara), 57.55; Max Comer (Schuy), 58.84; Corey Briggs (Sara), 59.52; 3,000 steeplechase — Aidan Tooker (Sara), 9:49.64; Brent Freestone (Sara), 10:18.20; Tanner Flint (Cor), 10:20.02; 400 relay — Saratoga Springs (Nick Anderson, Riley Rossi, William O’Neill, Robert Haughton), 44.52; Shenendehowa, 45.10; Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, 46.49; 1,600 relay — Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (Jordan Braiman, Luke Cameron, Robert Kirsty, John Rabideau), 3:33.37; Saratoga Springs, 3:35.94; Scotia-Glenville, 3:41.47; 3,200 relay — Scotia-Glenville (Martin Dearaway, Grant Norton, Matt Manda, James Rooney), 8:41.93; Queensbury, 8:58.08; Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons, 9:10.36.

High jump — Quantel McHee (Glove), 5-10; Liam Martens (BC), 5-10; Zachary Mapes (Q), 5-6; Nick Windsor (Voor), 5-6; Terry Karinakis (Q), 5-6 (tie third); Pole vault — Tom Conboy (Sara), 12-6; Scott Krulcik (Sara), 12-6; Tyler Sweenor (White), 12-0; Long jump — Brian Greenberg (BC), 21-13⁄4; Nick Anderson (Sara), 21-0; Alec Swider (SG), 20-71⁄4; Triple jump — Brian Greenberg (BC), 46-5 (meet record); Alden DiCruttalo (BH), 42-51⁄4; Dan Omicinski (SG), 41-103⁄4; Shot put — Nick Green (Sara), 49-71⁄4; Cody Quantock (SC), 46-31⁄2; Anthony Santoro (SGF), 45-103⁄4; Discus — David Slattery (Q), 139-3; Anthony Santoro (SGF), 137-11; Nick Green (Sara), 137-6; Pentathlon — David VanDenabeele (Glove), 2,557; Christopher Johnson (Q), 2,556; Robert Shippee (Cor), 2,520.


Queensbury 100, Columbia 941⁄2, Bethlehem 88, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake 86, Plattsburgh 51, Guilderland 481⁄2, Beekmantown 48, Schuylerville 45, South Glens Falls 25, Seton Catholic 22, Whitehall 21, Glens Falls 20, Gloversville 20, Scotia-Glenville 14, Hudson Falls 12, Lake George 10, Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons 7, Voorheesville 7, Albany Leadership 6, Greenwich 4, Northeastern Clinton 4, Ticonderoga 4, Corinth 2, Hoosic Valley 1.

100 — Gabriella Ferrera (Beth), 12.73; Asia Cornwall (Colu), 12.79; Elsinnaja Sturdivant (AL), 13.03; 200 — Kallie Villemaire (Beek), 25.84; Asis Cornwall (Colu), 26.46; Sam Hunter (Voor), 26.59; 400 — Nastasja Johnston (Colu), 58.28 (meet record); Claire Deshaies (Plat), 59.14; Suzi Hanehan (Schuy), 59.89; 800 — Dani Martino (BH), 2:21.63; Brooke Wojeski (Colu), 2:23.17; Allie Fernandez (BH), 2:25.00; 1,500 — Janelle Rothacker (BH), 4:38.71; Margaret Champagne (SC), 4:42.90; Colleen Champagne (Colu), 4:55.45; 3,000 — Ashley Watson (Schuy), 10:43.68; Jenna Robinson (Guild), 10:46.81; Eva Scott (BH), 10:51.05; 100 hurdles — Nikari Carota (Q), 14.91 (meet record); Julia Nugent (BC), 16.20; Caitlin Scavone (Schuy), 16.41; 400 hurdles — Nikari Carota (Q), 67.35; Caitlin Scavone (Schuy), 67.39; Julia Nugent (BC), 70.39; 2,000 steeplechase — Megan Kellogg (Q), 7:21.57; Sara Billings (SGF), 7:38.72; Ashley Watson (Schuy), 7:40.54; 400 relay — Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (Madison Adams, Kalli Manley, Renee Manosh, Jaleah Owens), 51.65; Queensbury, 52.58; Lake George, 53.07; 1,600 relay — Bethlehem (Shannon Haggerty, Natalie Muller, Danika Jensen, Carolyn Wagner), 4:10.57; Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, 4:16.40; Columbia, 4:19.50; 3,200 relay — Bethlehem (Danika Jensen, Natalie Muller, Holly Machabee, Abbi Wright), 9:38.78; Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, 9:44.72; Queensbury, 10:20.54.

High jump — Grace Smith (BC), 5-5; Ashley Meyer (Colu), 4-10; Caitlyn Sandford (White), 4-10; Pole vault — Kalli Manly (BH), 10-6; Mackenzie Myott (SGF), 10-0; Long jump — Nastasja Johnston (Colu), 18-7 (meet record); Brooke Knight (Plat), 16-101⁄4; Nikari Carota (Q), 16-10; Triple jump — Brooke Knight (Plat), 34-11; Samantha Gifford (BC), 33-53⁄4; Aneesa Hahn (White), 33-51⁄4; Shot put — Zoe Doolittle (GF), 38-41⁄2; Val Simmons (Plat), 34-2; Emily Anderson (Beek), 32-101⁄2; Discus — Zoe Doolittle (GF), 119-03; Emily Anderson (Beek), 108-6; Amanda Teppo (Q), 104-7; Pentathlon — Chanel Thomas (Glove), 2,658; Cali Palumbo (Colu), 2,501; Mikaela Frechette (Beek), 2,396.

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