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Good day for Schenectady athletes at state qualifier

Good day for Schenectady athletes at state qualifier

Davis, Anderson win at state meet qualifier
Good day for Schenectady athletes at state qualifier
Colonie senior Kathryn Tenney on her way to a win on the 2,000 steeplechase at the state meet qualifier.
Photographer: ERICA MILLER

CLIFTON PARK — Victories, a record and some clutch jumps were part of Schenectady's tale at the Section II state track and field meet qualifier Friday at Shenendehowa.

Trebor Davis won the Division 1 100-meter dash, Corey Anderson prevailed in the 110 hurdles, and the two seniors started and finished a school-record run in the 400 relay.

Patriots 12th-grader Shakura Murray didn't win or set a special mark, but was overjoyed just the same after making the state meet team with her runner-up effort in the triple jump.

The state meet is next Friday and Saturday at Middletown High School.

"On my last jump I'm thinking, 'I have to make it,'" Murray said after popping a 36-6 1/2 on her final attempt. "It may be a little low. I've gone farther, but now, if everything works out, I'll get six more jumps [at the states]. I want to get 39. That's my goal for the season and today gave me that chance."

Schenectady coach Joe Bennett said to make the trip south to Middletown, Murray had to place first or second because she had met a qualifying standard of 37-5 earlier in the season. Andraya Warner-David of Queensbury won the D1 triple jump with a 36-10 1/4.


"We haven't had a girl qualify for the states in years," Bennett said. "I believe it was Molly Shapiro before she transferred to Holy Names and, ironically, it was in the same event."

Davis ran a personal-record 10.94 in the 100 semifinals, and later won a terrific duel with Troy sophomore Xavier Leigh in the final. Davis ran a 10.97 to Leigh's 10.98.

"I had a good start, and he caught me by surprise," Davis said of Leigh, a track and football standout. "I saw the Troy kid coming up and it was, 'I got to move.' I used a dip. I think that's what got it for me."

Anderson also set a personal-record with his winning 14.29 in the 110 hurdles. Cristian Hubbard of Colonie was second (14.79)

"After I ran (a then-PR) 14.41 at sectionals, I knew I had to work on my start more," Anderson said. "[Today] I got over the first two hurdles down and PR'd. I still want to get better and continue to work on accelerating through each hurdle. I want to get faster and faster."

The Schenectady and Colonie 400 relay foursomes continued their season-long rivalry, with the Garnet Raiders clocking a first-place 42.21 and the Patriots going a second-place 42.29 to establish a school record with Anderson, Jeremiah Davis, Malakai Myles and Trebor Davis.

"Both of those squads should make some noise at the state meet," Bennett said.

Senior Michael Hermance passed Trebor Davis on the final stretch to pull out the win for Colonie, which just missed the school record of 42.14. Fabien DeSilva, Shai Young and Hubbard ran before Hermance closed.

"He [Trebor Davis] didn't have an insane lead, but it was enough to make me think there's some work to be done," said Hermance. "My thought was, 'All I've got is one job, and that's to get to the line before everyone else.'"

"It was a close race. It was a good race," Trebor Davis said. "Hopefully we'll see them again in the [state] final."


Schalmont junior Mia D'Ambrosio set a Section II record in winning the Division 2 100 dash (11.89), and set another Section II mark in the 200 preliminaries (24.43) before taking that final, too, in 24.47.

"I knew eventually I was going to hit those times," D'Ambrosio said. "To hit them now is awesome. Each race we try to PR and run faster. Keep going forward."

D'Ambrosio won the 400 at the state qualifier Thursday.

"I was at the Loucks Games earlier this year and that was a two-day meet," D'Ambrosio said. "I know how to prepare for that."

D'Ambrosio said she plans to run the 100 and 200 at the state meet.

"I definitely run faster when other girls are next to me," said D'Ambrosio, who ran alone in both finals Friday. "The state meet will be exciting. I'm looking forward to the outcome."


Niskayuna eighth-grader Kaleigh West set a school record in winning the D1 100 in 12.41. She had shared the school record at 12.44 before taking it down while edging Albany's Syaira Liverpool (12.67).

"I felt the Albany girl was coming up on me, and I had to push it," West said. "I stayed relaxed. I kept my form, and that was important."

West later anchored a first-place 400 relay for the Silver Warriors, who challenged the school record but came up just short with a 48.95.

"I'm always nervous, running up against juniors and sophomores," West said. "I knew I had some competition coming, but I tried to not let it get in my head."


This season the state adopted "Super Standards," which were times and distances athletes could achieve prior to the state qualifier at invitationals and sectional competitions that give them an automatic berth into the New York championship meet. To get there, they just need to compete at the state qualifier in some manner.

That put a different spin on the state qualifier as some of those who had previously qualified tried hard to win, some hardly tried, and others turned in efforts that were somewhere in between. Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake senior Tyler Berg was among those who had made the state meet earlier via the "Super Standards" this season in the 3,000 steeplechase and 3,200 run.

On Friday he placed third in the D1 steeplechase, and on Thursday he was ninth in the 3,000.

"Having the Super Standard takes a lot of pressure off," said Berg, who has committed to Columbia University. "I had some good workouts this week and my legs were a little tired. I just wanted to get my legs loose and get a little bit of a race pace."



100 — T. Davis (Schen), 10.97; Leigh (Tr), 10.98; J. Davis (Schen), 11.12; 200 — Tower (Shen), 22.54; Shaw (Mohon), 22.55; Fretto (Mohon), 22.78; 1,600 — Guerin (BS), 4:21.77; Cavaliere (Beth), 4:21.90; Logan (Q), 4:22.12; 1,600 relay — Guilderland (Nieves, Igweike, Soldevere, Tindale), 3:22.99; Colonie, 3:28.55; Shenendehowa, 3:29.15; 3,200 relay — Shenendehowa (Al. Hislop, Hickey, Schaepkens, Ai. Hickey), 7:50.46; Guilderland, 7:51.42; Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, 7:52.70; 110HH — Anderson (Schen), 14.29; Hubbard (Colo), 14.79; Kemp (Colo), 14.93; 3,000 steeplechase — O'Brien (Guild), 9:42.16; Langone (Shen), 9:51.16; Berg (BH), 9:52.03; 400 relay — Colonie (DeSilva, Young, Hubbard, Hermance), 42.21; Schenectady, 42.29; Guilderland, 42.96.


100 — West (Nisk), 12.41; Liverpool (Alb), 12.67; Beekman (Amst), 12.69; 200 — Ware (AP), 25.48; Morone (AP), 25.54; Perez-Tucker (Mohon), 26.33; 1,500 — Graham (BH), 4:40.26; Griffin (Shak), 4:43.61; Vendetti (BH), 4:49.83; Triple jump — Warner-Davis (Q), 36-10 1/4; Murray (Schen), 36-6 1/2; Tricozzi (BH), 35-11; Shot put — Chide Anameze (Shen), 39-8; Duchaussee (Sara), 38-10 1/2; Chida Anameze (Shen), 35-2 3/4; 100HH — Stanavich (Amst), 14.70; Peters (Shen), 15.73; Emma Caprood (Q), 15.99; 2,000 steeplechase — Tenney (Colo), 7:09.42; DeMars (BS), 7:20.29; Hesler (Nisk), 7:35.92; 400 relay — Niskayuna (Doriski, Wise, Matthews, West), 48.95; Mohonasen, 49.70; Averill Park, 49.99; 1,600 relay — Niskayuna (Matthews, Harris, Wise, Koes), 3:54.96; Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, 4:00.35; Guilderland, 4:00.69; 3,200 relay — Shenendehowa (Belleville, Jada Dennis, Jade Dennis, Sinnott), 9:11.90; Saratoga Srings, 9:14.44; Niskayuna, 9:32.91; High jump — Evans (Sara), 5-3; Donnelly (Guld), 5-3; Belanger (BH), 5-1; Pole vault — Calkins (Mohon), 11-3; Racana (Mohon), 11-0; McLaughlin (Shen), 10-6; Long jump — Koes (Nisk), 17 3/4; Tricozzi (BH), 16-8 1/4; Schaffer (Shen), 16-6 1/2; Discus — Chida Anamese (Shen), 128-7; Chide (Anameze (Shen), 127-1; Holmes (Guild), 103-1.



100 — Edwards (CR), 11.11; Ratelle (HV), 11.30; Seabury (IC), 11.33; 200 — Pritchett (HudF), 22.48; Roberts (MH), 22.85; Ratelle (HV), 23.40; 1,600 — Ensslin (Voors), 4:25.50; Goca (Rens), 4:31.47; Decker (Gal), 4:36.95; 110HH — Praileau (AA), 15.21; Jacobs (MH), 15.34; Bauer (WH), 15.37; 3,000 steeplechase — Mills (John), 10:10.15; Haworth (AA), 10:15.76; Goca (Rens), 10:16.05; 400 relay — Stillwater (Moran, Samchez, Lescault, Conti), 45.09; Lansingburgh, 45.31; Hudson Falls, 45.43; 1,600 relay — Hudson Falls (Studler-Morris, Saville, Horrigan, Pritchett), 3:33.38; Johnstown, 3:33.71; Ichabod Crane, 3:33.79; 3,200 relay — Scotia-Glenville (Bruce, Greski, Jeffes, Ostrander), 8:16.83; Schalmont, 8:18.46; Ichabod Crane, 8:37.17.


100 — D'Ambrosio (Schal), 11.98; Chartier (HV), 12.94; Thomas (Lans), 13.11; 200 — D'Ambrosio (Schal), 24.47; Canetto (TH), 25.22; Lacy (HudF), 25.35; 1,500 — Relyea (May), 4:45.02; Sgambelluri (Greenw), 4:50.22; Luke (SG), 5:00.38; 100HH — Boham (IC), 14.94; Jones (RCS), 15.46; D'Acchille (Greenw), 15.47; 2,000 steeplechase — Wright (Greenw), 7:13.49; Fitzmaurise (Greenv), 7:23.22; Burnell (HV), 7:32.93; 400 relay — Hudson Falls (Girard, A. Lacy, Sherman, K. Lacy), 50.63; Stillwater, 51.84; Emma Willard, 52.15; 1,600 relay — Holy Names (Bell, Harris, C. Vogel, I. Vogel), 4:08.62; Taconis Hills, 4:10.34; Stillwater, 4:11.13; 3,200 relay — Greenwich (Collins, Sgambelluri, Skiff, Wright), 9:38.52; Holy Names, 10:05.33; Mayfield, 10:09.02; High jump — Pearsall (MH), 5-1; Zacher (AA), 5-0; Spiezio (Greenw), 4-10; Pole vault — Brinsko (Still), 10-3; Schaeffer (Duanes), 10-3; Tyler (BP), 10-0; Long jump — Chamberlain (CR), 17-7; Moran (Still), 17-6 1/4; Jones (RCS), 17-5 3/4; Triple jump — Paul (HN), 35-11; Moran (Still), 35-4 1/4; Parrotti (BP), 34-6 3/4; Shot put — Haag (CR), 36-1 1/2; Robens (Mech), 33-8 1/2; Jarosz (HV), 32-2; Discus — Ryder (NL), 109-5; Robens (Mech), 107-5; Haag (CR), 107-4.

Reach Gazette Sportswriter Jim Schiltz at 518-395-3143, [email protected] or @jim_schiltz on Twitter.

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