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Saratoga boys streak to Group 1 title; Shen girls win

Saratoga boys streak to Group 1 title; Shen girls win

Blue Streaks strong in distance events; Shen girls solid across the board
Saratoga boys streak to Group 1 title; Shen girls win
Schenectady's Trebor Davis, right, wins the 100 meters in 11.11 at the Section II Group 1 championships at Guilderland High Scho
Photographer: PETER R. BARBER/GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER

GUILDERLAND CENTER -- After senior Shea Weilbaker of Saratoga Springs won the 3,200 meters at the Section II Group 1 Championships on Wednesday, the entire Blue Streaks team swarmed onto the track to congratulate ... third-place finisher Ryan Bush.

Weilbaker was happy to deflect attention to his freshman teammate.

Saratoga scratched out a team championship by 24.5 points over Shenendehowa, in large part because of contributions from athletes like Bush, who made a charge in the final 600 meters to get up for an 11-second personal record and, more importantly, third place behind Weilbaker (9:30.60) and the Blue Streaks' Ezra Ruggles (9:35.80).

Those 24.5 points offered an important chunk of scoring on a day when individual performance takes a backseat to finish position for a team trying to win a title.

"Sectionals is always a team-oriented event, so we were just coming out here looking for points," Weilbaker said. "We were going for place, not time. We were really thrilled to go 1-2-3. We thought we had a chance, but to do it was great."

"I really wanted our team to win, because we lost to Shen by three points in cross country, and I didn't want that to happen again," Bush said. "I felt great. I knew my training was going well, and I believed in myself."

On the girls' side, Shenendehowa also found itself in a scrap for points, and prevailed with 147.5 to 129 for Saratoga, the Lady Plainsmen's seventh straight sectional championship.

"This is the closest it's been in a long time, and it was fun," Shenendehowa girls' coach Rob Cloutier said.

Besides the big push in the 3,200 by the Saratoga boys, the Blue Streaks got a 1-2 finish in the long jump from Kirk Francis (23-1 1/4) and Gary Blanchard and a 1-2 from Ashton Capone and Brett Morse in the pentathlon.

Weilbaker (4:17.74) was second to Guilderland's Nicholas Soldevere (4:16.52) in the 1,600, and Ruggles won the 3,000 steeplechase in 9:26.97, edging Shen's Greg Langone by barely over a second.

Saratoga also won the 3,200 relay.

Schenectady, led by the Lean Machine, Trebor Davis, had a strong day in the sprints.

He outleaned Troy's Xavier Leigh by four-hundredths of a second in the 100, with a time of 11.11, and outleaned Colonie's Michael Hermance in the 400 relay, as the Patriots won by two-hundredths of a second in 42.73.

"Our handoffs have to be waaay better," Davis said. "I got him on the lean. They're our main competition. We've seen them at every invitational we've run, and I think they've beaten us every time. It wasn't about time, but at the end of the day, they still have the best time in the section."

Davis couldn't quite get one last sliver of victory in the 200, as teammate Corey Anderson won the 200 in 22.45 toward the end of the meet, the third race in which Davis was involved in a finish separated by four-hundredths of a second or less. He ran 22.48 in the 200.

Anderson also posted a slight PR in winning the 110 high hurdles (14.41).

"Usually, I have a good start [in the 200], but today's start wasn't my best," Anderson said. "I knew I had to pick it up at the 100, because that's where I lack in my races. So catching him at the end was pretty cool, but that's what we've been doing in practice. I knew he was going to be a challenge right from the start."

As far as the high hurdles, "There's a lot of things I can improve," Anderson said. "The second half of my race is stronger than my start. But I can practice that, and as soon as I get that down, I'm pretty sure I'll be 14.3, 14.2."

The Shenendehowa girls relied on balance and depth, bolstered by their two sets of twins.

Jada Dennis (2:15.70) and Jade Dennis (2:15.85) dominated the 800, and Chidera and Chidalu Anameze piled up the points in the weight events.

Chidera doubled up with wins in the discus (129-0) and shot put (40-4), and Chidalu was second (119-4) and third (36-2 1/2), with teammate Lily Gould chipping in an unexpected sixth place to score in the discus.

"They were awesome," Cloutier said of the Anameze sisters. "The twins are great kids first and great competitors second, and it's a very close second.

"Sectionals, there's always a weird feeling to it that you know things aren't going to go the way you planned, so you're going to have to have kids kind ways to pick up slack, and that's what happened.

"The greatest thing is we have 50 girls running sideline to sideline [to cheer during races]. That's just part of our history and the term 'legacy.' It was a good day. They competed hard."

Saratoga senior Kelsey Chmiel and freshman Ella Kurto went 1-2 in both the 1,500 and 3,000, with eight-grader McKinley Wheeler along for the ride with a third in the 3,000.

"Today was for place and getting points," Chmiel said. "I had a few races to run, so ... I felt pretty good, just trying to get that place.

"They both did really well. Ella's been doing really well, and then McKinley just got a four- or five-second PR, so it looks like we're in good shape."

Amsterdam's Lauren Santiago doubled in the 200 (25.63) and 400 (57.71), and Niskayuna swept the 400 relay and 1,600 relay.

The Silver Warriors' Julia Doriski, Marissa Wise, Lindsey Matthews and Kaleigh West ran 48.82 in the 400, and Matthews, Wise, Doriski and Zoe Harris ran a 3:58.09 in the 1,600.

BOYS
Team

Saratoga Springs 126, Shenendehowa 102.5, Schenectady 64.5, Guilderland 58.5, Shaker 51, Colonie 48, Columbia 39, Bethlehem 39, Ballston Spa 20, Troy 11, Queensbury 10, Niskayuna 8, LaSalle 6, Albany 3.5, Amsterdam 2.

Individual/relays
100 -- T. Davis (Schdy), 11.11; 200 -- C. Anderson (Schdy), 22.45; 400 -- Schaepkens (Shen), 50.83; 800 -- Tindale (Guild), 1:54.62; 1,600 -- Soldevere (Guild), 4:16.52; 3,200 -- Weilbaker (Sara), 9:30.60; 110 HH -- C. Anderson (Schdy), 14.41; 400 IH -- Hansen (BSpa), 56.96; 400 relay -- Schenectady (Anderson, J. Davis, Myles, T. Davis), 42.73; 1,600 relay -- Guilderland (Cusato, Igweike, Tindale, Soldevere), 3:24.00; 3,200 relay -- Saratoga Springs (Donnelly, Groseclose, Orzel, Verro), 8:07.91; 3,000 steeple. -- Ruggles (Sara), 9:26.97; High jump -- Ray (Shen), 6-6; Triple jump -- Weinstein (Colum), 46-9 1/2; Long jump -- Francis (Sara), 23-1 1/4; Pole vault -- Sleasman (Shaker), 14-3; Shot put -- Seidou-Bakari (Colonie), 50-9 3/4; Discus -- Stein (Beth), 139-1; Morse (Sara), 2,822.

GIRLS
Team

Shenendehowa 147.5, Saratoga Springs 129, Niskayuna 75.5, Guilderland 70, Shaker 47, Amsterdam 36.5, Queensbury 27, Ballston Spa 14, Schenectady 12, Colonie 9, Bethlehem 8, Albany 7, Columbia 6.5.

Individual/relays
100 -- Sterle (Shen), 12.65; 200 -- Santiago (Am), 25.63; 400 -- Santiago (Am), 57.71; 800 -- Jada Dennis (Shen), 2:15.70; 1,500 -- Chmiel (Sara), 4:34.83; 3,000 -- Chmiel (Sara), 10:02.82; 100 HH -- G. Stanavich (Am), 15.09; 400 IH -- Scanlan (Guild), 1:04.71; 400 relay -- Niskayuna (Doriski, Wise, Matthews, West), 48.82; 1,600 relay -- Niskayuna (Matthews, Wise, Doriski, Harris), 3:58.09; 3,200 relay -- Saratoga Springs (Chmiel, Knott, Kurto, Mongan), 9:36.11; 2,000 steeple. -- DeMars (BSpa), 7:01.13; High jump -- Evans (Sara), 5-3; Triple jump -- Bruno (Guild), 39-4; Long jump -- Bruno (Guild), 17-10 1/2; Pole vault -- McLaughlin (Shen), 11-0; Shot put -- Chidera Anameze (Shen), 40-4; Discus -- Chidera Anameze (Shen), 129-0; Pentathlon -- Ballard (Q), 2,980.

At the Section II Group 2 track and field championships at Averill Park High School, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake secured the boys' title with 153 points, and Burnt Hills secured the girls' title with 146 points.

In the boys' competition, earning multiple wins were Albany Academy Junior Ahmad Praileau (100, 110 hurdles and long jump) and Averill Park senior James Cocca (discus throw and shot put).

In the girls' competition, earning multiple wins were Burnt Hills senior Samantha Tricozzi (long jump and triple jump), Burnt Hills senior Rory Graham (800 and 1,500) and Schalmont junior Mia D'Ambrosio (100, 200, and 400).

BOYS
Teams

Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake 153, Albany Academy 112, Averill Park 76, Hudson Falls 51, Scotia-Glenville 38, Mohonasen 36, Green Tech 34, CBA 27, Glens Falls 26, Schalmont 24, Lansingburgh 6, South Glens Falls 6

Individual/relays
100 — Praileau (AA), 11.28; 200 — Pritchett (HF), 22.77; 400 — Jeffes (SG), 49.73; 800 — Hunziker (BH) 1:59.93; 1,600 — Brennan (BH) 4:25.65; 3,200 — Allison (BH) 9:36.02; 110H — Praileau (AA)15.50; 400H — Beskid (AP) 57.90; 400 relay — Mohonasen (Shaw, Pincher, Gershon, Fretto), 44.17; 1,600 relay — Burnt Hills (Metacarpa, Gobel, Hunziker, Jaleel), 3:28.90; 3,200 relay — Schalmont (F. Beltran, Gemmett, Wilson, A. Beltran), 8:16.63; 3,000 steeplechase — Berg (BH), 9:34.85; High jump — Hogan (HF), 6-4; Long jump — Praileau (AA), 21-4.75; Triple jump — Stewart (BH), 42-2.75; Discus throw — Cocca (AP), 163-8; Shot put — Cocca (AP), 53-11; Pole vault — Jones (AA), 15-6; Pentathlon — Wellington (AA), 2,572.

GIRLS
Teams

Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake 146, Averill Park 118, Mohonasen 116, Holy Names 45, Hudson Falls 42, South Glens Falls 39, Scotia-Glenville 33, Schalmont 32, Lansingburgh 13, Emma Willard 4.

Individual/relays
100 — D'Ambrosio (Sch), 12.22; 200 — D'Ambrosio (Sch), 25.22; 400 —D'Ambrosio (Sch), 56.47; 800 —Graham (BH), 2:14.38 1,500 —Graham (BH), 4:54.62; 3,000 — Paolino (BH), 10:30.08; 100H — Cusack (Lan), 16.44; 400H — Sawyer (Moh), 1:05.86; 400 relay — Burnt Hills (Munandi, Ware, Zimmerman, Morone) 49.53; 1,600 relay — Burnt Hills, (Vendetti, Graham, Wisniewski, Lewis) 3:56.94; 3,200 relay — Mohonasen, (Sinisgalli, Sawyer, Sherman, Deguire) 9:47.31; 2,000 steeplechase — Sherman (Moh), 7:46.81; High jump — Belanger (BH), 4-10; Long jump — Tricozzi (BH), 17-4; Triple jump — Tricozzi (BH), 36-6; Discus throw — DeCocco (Moh), 91-2; Shot put — Adams (HN), 33-10.50; Pole vault — Calkins (Moh), 10-6; Pentathlon — Jankovic (AP), 2,439.

Reach Gazette Sportswriter Mike MacAdam at 518-395-3146 or [email protected]. Follow on Twitter @Mike_MacAdam.

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