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Schalmont sprinter among state meet favorites

Schalmont sprinter among state meet favorites

D'Ambrosio holds Section II records in 100, 200
Schalmont sprinter among state meet favorites
Schalmont junior Mia D'Ambrosio is the stat meet Division 2 No. 2 seed in the 100 and 200 dash.
Photographer: PETER R. BARBER

ROTTERDAM — Schalmont sprinter Mia D'Ambrosio was seeded eighth and ultimately placed 10th in the Division 2 400-meter competition last year at the state track and field championships at Cicero-North Syracuse High School.

The junior has made such huge strides since then, and will return to the New York showcase Friday at Middletown High School, sharing the spotlight with a world record holder.

D'Ambrosio will compete in the 100 and 200 dash alongside Buffalo seventh-grade sensation Jada Kenner. The youngster from Tapestry Charter School made an appearance at the William F. Eddy Jr. Memorial Track and Field Meet last month at Schenectady, where she beat D'Ambrosio to the finish line twice and was named the outstanding female competitor.

"I know the 100 is going to be close. It's going to go to who executes best. Who wants it most. It's going to be fast," D'Ambrosio said. "The 200 will be a little bit harder because her [Kenner] time is so low. As long as I PR, I will be happy, no matter what place I get."

D'Ambrosio is seeded No. 2 in both the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Division 2 100 and 200 behind Kenner. D'Ambrosio set Section II records in those events at the last week's state meet qualifier to gain her high seedings, with an 11.89 in the 100 final and a 24.43 in the 200 preliminaries.

"I didn't qualify last year in the 100 and 200," D'Ambrosio said. "I remember watching the 100 last year at the states and thinking, 'I want to do this.'"

Known as a hard-working athlete, D'Ambrosio made it happen by ramping up her effort even more.

"It's not just work," Schalmont coach Brian Croote said. "It's work beyond work."

D'Ambrosio has been popping fast times all spring in the 100 and 200 as well as the 400, where she ran a personal-best 56.47 when she swept the three races at the Section II Group 2 championship meet.

"Since indoor, I've wanted to get faster and reach my potential," the 17-year-old D'Ambrosio said. "In the 200, I'm a whole second faster, and that's kind of insane."

At the May 18 Eddy Meet, D'Ambrosio placed second to Kenner with a 12.07 in the 100 and a 24.64 in the 200. Kenner won the 100 in 11.91, and captured to 200 while tying a world record for 12-year-olds with a 23.72.

During the indoor season Kenner set an age-group 300 world record (39.24) when she won the state title. 

D'Ambrosio said she was thrilled to run against such an emerging star like Kenner at the Eddy Meet, and is anxious to do it again.

"I have watched the [Eddy Meet] races with coach Willis multiple times," D'Ambrosio said of her personal trainer, Jason Willis. "In the 100, I started to overstride. I was in the lead at 70 meters and he said, 'You got happy.' That's why she passed me. In the 200, I got out really fast. It was one of my best starts, and I didn't think anything went wrong. Watching the race, I saw that I started to swing my arms too high."

"She's become a student of the sport," Croote said of D'Ambrosio, who danced as a youngster before turning to track. "When she was in seventh and eighth grade, she was learning things. Now, it's a different type of learning. She is breaking her races down to the smallest details."

The Division 2 100 and 200 preliminaries are Friday, and the finals are Saturday. The top NYSPHSAA Division 1 and 2 runners advance to federation finals later Saturday to compete against those from the state's other associations.

Along with her 23.72 seed time for the 200, Kenner shows an 11.86 seed time in the 100, which she ran at the Williamsville Invite the week before the Eddy Meet.

The seed times of D'Ambrosio and Kenner are faster than any of the Division 1 sprinters set to compete.

"I want to run faster," D'Ambrosio said. "It's always about time. I have to have her [Kenner] there."

Section II has individual No. 1 seeds in Ama Boham of Ichabod Crane (D2 100 hurdles), Allie Ryder of New Lebanon (D2 discus) and Donald Jones of Albany Academy (Championship pole vault), and other No. 2 seeds in Kelsey Chmiel of Saratoga Springs (Championship 3,000), Amelia Canetto of Taconic Hills (D2 400), Shea Weilbaker of Saratoga Springs (Championship 3,200), Tyler Berg of Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (Championship 3,000 steeplechase) and Shane Racey of Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk (Championship pole vault). Shenendehowa's girls' 3,200 relay is also No. 2 (Championship).

Weilbaker will be going after a fifth consecutive state title after winning last year's outdoor 3,200, a cross county title last fall, and his second indoor 3,200 crown over the winter. Boham and the Shenendehowa relay also won state outdoor titles in 2018.

STATE TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS
SECTION II SEEDS
BOYS
Division 1

100 — 3. Michael Hermance (Colonie), 10.82; 8. Trebor Davis (Schenectady), 10.94; 11. Xavier Leigh (Troy), 10.98; 200 — 20. Colin Tower (Shenendehowa), 22.40; 400 — 17. Fabien DeSilva (Colonie), 49.96; 110HH — 4. Josiah Kemp (Colonie), 14.05; 10. Corey Anderson (Schenectady), 14.29; 13. Ryan LaPann (Queensbury), 14.65; 15. Cristian Hubbard (Colonie), 14.69; 400IH — 16. Peter Hansen (Ballston Spa), 55.93; Long jump — Gary Blanchard (Saratoga), 22-7 1/4; 10. Reynaldo Reid (Shaker), 22-2; Triple jump — 5. A.J. Weinstein (Columbia), 47 3/4; 9. Jordon Kimbrough (Guilderland), 46-2; Shot put — 6. James Cocca (Averill Park), 54-4; Discus — 5. James Cocca (Averill Park), 164-7; 400 relay — 3. Colonie, 42.21; 5. Schenectady, 42.29; 1,600 relay — 10. Guilderland, 3:22.99.

Division 2
100 — 12. Hunter Edwards (Cobleskill-Richmondville), 11.11; 21. Colin Ratelle (Hoosic Valley), 11.30; 200 — 14. Jaylen Pritchett (Hudson Falls), 22.37; 18. Seth Roberts (Maple Hill), 22.68; 400 — 3. Josh Jeffes (Scotia-Glenville), 49.42; 110HH — 12. Ahmad Praileau (Albany Academy), 15.21; 14. tie, Bryan Jacobs (Maple Hill), 15.34; 400IH — 6. Marcus Johnson (Canajoharie), 55.35; 15. Andrew Ferguson (Canajoharie), 57.71; Long jump — 9. Ahmad Praileau (Albany Academy), 21-4 3/4; 14. Jack Campito (Albany Academy), 20-8 3/4; Triple jump — 6. Sean Meher (Broadalbin-Perth), 45-3; Shot put 3 7. Thomas Cahill (Glens Falls), 51-11 1/2; 8. John Coddington (Broadalbin-Perth), 51-11Discus — 6. Thomas Cahill (Glens Falls), 151-4; 400 relay — 14. Stillwater, 45.09; 1,600 relay — 16. Hudson Falls, 3:30.98.

Championship
800 — 9. Evan Ensslin (Voorheesville), 1:55.16; 28. Dante Ubriaco (Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake), 1:59.45; 29. tie, Nick Yorke (Cobleskill-Richmondville), 1:59.76; 1,600 — 5. Matt Cavaliere (Bethlehem), 4:16.11; 13. Ben Guerin (Ballston Spa), 4:18.65; 24. Evan Ensslin (Voorheesville), 4:25.50; 3,200 — 2. Shea Weilbaker (Saratoga), 8:57.13; 3. Tyler Berg (Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake), 9:01.47; 8.. Marty Dolan (Niskayuna), 9:18.43; 14. Evan Brennan (Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake), 9:22.82; 30. Gabriel Winters-Bona (Scotia-Glenville), 9:53.59; 3,000 steeplechase — 2. Tyler Berg (Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake), 9:17.73; 6. Ezra Ruggles (Saratoga), 9:26.97; 8. Gregory Langone (Shenendehowa), 9:28.02; 14. Sean O'Brien (Guilderland), 9:42.16; 16. Henry Goca (Rensselaer), 9:42.60; Pentathlon — 12. Niko Mancini (Broadalbin-Perth), 3,100; 16. Thatcher Deyoe (Maple Hill), 3,073; 23. Ashton Capone (Saratoga), 2,940. High jump — Jonathan Ray (Shenendehowa), 6-6; 17. tie, Nick Flanagan (Colonie), 6-4; 17. tie, Jack Hogan (Hudson Falls), 6-4; 17. tie, Elijah Harris (Mohonasen), 6-4; Pole vault — 1. Donald Jones (Albany Academy), 15-9; 2. Shane Racey (Ravena), 157; 11. tie, Eli Sleasman (Shaker), 14-3; 33. Alex Robin (Shaker), 11-9; 3,200 relay — 3. Shenendehowa, 7:49.86; 4. Guilderland, 7:51.42; 28. Scotia-Glenville, 8:16.83.

GIRLS
Division 1

100 — 23. Kaleigh West  (Niskayuna), 12.41; 200 — 6. Lydia Ware (Averill Park), 24.99; 9. Sophia Morone (Averill Park), 25.07; 400 — 6. Lauren Santiago (Amsterdam), 56.07; 100HH — 6. Gabby Stanavich (Amsterdam), 14.70; 400IH — 6. Gabby Stanavich (Amsterdam), 64.42; Long jump — 17. Kristina Koes (Niskayuna), 17-5 3/4; Triple jump — 7. Julissa Forde (Shaker), 38-10; 16. Shakura Murray (Schenectady), 37-8; 20. Andraya Warner-Davis (Queensbury), 37-4; Shot put — 6. Chidera Anameze (Shenendehowa), 41-5 1/2; 12. Madeleine Duchaussee (Saratoga), 39-3 1/2; Discus — 4. Chidalu Anameze (Shenendehowa), 132-2; 9. Chidera Anameze (Shenendehowa), 129-0; 400 relay — 8. Niskayuna, 48.82; 1,600 relay — 6. Niskayuna, 3:54.96; 9. Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, 3:56.94.

Division 2
100 — 2. Mia D'Ambrosio (Schalmont), 11.89; 10. tie, Monique Benn (Ichabod Crane), 12.60; 200 — 2. Mia D'Ambrosio (Schalmont), 24.43; 4. Amelia Canetto (Taconic Hills), 25.22; 5. Ashleigh Lacy (Hudson Falls), 25.35; 400 — 2. Amelia Canetto (Taconic Hills), 57.41; 100HH — 1. Ama Boham (Ichabod Crane), 14.40; 4. Jalena Jones (Ravena), 15.28; 5. Lucia D'Acchille (Greenwich), 15.29; 400IH — 10. Clare Howard (Taconic Hills), 66.05; 13. Kyleigh Frank (Stillwater), 66.88; Long jump — 5. Kelly Moran (Stillwater), 17-11 1/2; 11. Olivia Chamberlain (Cobleskill-Richmondville), 17-7; 12. Jaleina Jones (Ravena), 17-6 1/2; Triple jump — 6. Kelly Moran (Stillwater), 37-1; 10. Samantha Paul (Holy Names), 35-11; Shot put — 5. Emma Haag (Cobleskill-Richmondville), 36-1 1/2; Discus — 1. Allie Ryder (New Lebanon), 122-5; 11. Emma Haag (Cobleskill-Richmondville), 113-2; 400 relay — 10. Hudson Falls, 50.51; 1,600 relay — 8. Holy Names, 4:08.62.

Championship
800 — 5. Jada Dennis (Shenendehowa), 2:11.41; 8. Jade Dennis (Shenendehowa), 2:12.74; 16. Quinn Collins (Greenwich), 2:15.34; 1,500 — 7. Rory Graham (Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake), 4:38.12; 13. Madison Relyea (Mayfield), 4:45.02; 3,000 — 2. Kelsey Chmiel (Saratoga), 9:37.71; 3. Ella Kurto (Saratoga), 9:46.76; 10. McKinley Wheeler (Saratoga), 10:06.92; 27. Teagan Wright (Greenwich), 10:51.91; 2,000 steeplechase — 5. Faith DeMars (Ballston Spa), 6:51.67; 14. Brynne Wright (Greenwich), 7:04.77; 18. Kathryn Tenney (Colonie), 7:09.42; 25. Tess Fitzmaurice (Greenville), 7:20.58; Pentathlon — 6. Haoley Ballard (Queensbury), 2,993; 13. Zoe Eggleston (Whitehall), 2,724; High jump — 10. tie, Anna Evans (Saratoga), 5-4; 10. tie,Makiya Donnelly (Guilderland), 5-4; 27. tie, Juia Zacher (Albany Academy), 5-2; 34. tie, Emma Pearsall (Maple Hill), 5-1; Pole vault — 8. tie, Lena Calkins (Mohonasen), 11-3; 16. tie, Emily Schaeffer (Duanesburg), 10-3; 16. tie, Paige Brinsko (Stillwater), 10-3; 3,200 relay — 2. Shenendehowa, 9:11.90; 5. Saratoga, 9:14.44; 17. Greenwich, 9:38.52.

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

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