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A look back at superb track and field performances

A look back at superb track and field performances

All-time area bests highlighted
A look back at superb track and field performances
Izaiah Brown of Amsterdam is the all-time Section II outdoor leader in the 200 and 400.
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While we wait for Section II's outdoor track and field athletes to get their chance to shine, let's take a look at some of the sensational performances from past seasons.

Here are 10 numbers that reflect some of those efforts, all of them centered around all-time area bests, and including only events that are currently contested at the state championship meet.

Some of the times an distances are Section II records, as well. Section II records can only be established at Section II championship meets, the state meet qualifier and at the state meet.


Position Diana Richburg has held on the Section II all-time 800-meter list since 1982, when the Lansingburgh star clocked a hand-held 2:03.7 at the All-Comers Meet in White Plains. Richburg set a state record in the event that lasted for three decades. How impressive was her performance? Hannah Reale of Shenendehowa is No. 2 on the all-time area list with a 2:07.27.


Number of events in which Izaiah Brown of Amsterdam established all-time Section II bests at the 2015 state meet Division 1 finals, when the Rams superstar clocked a 21.10 to place second in the 200 and clocked a 46.40 to win the 400. Both marks also established Section II records. In 2014 at the outdoor nationals, Brown, David Graveley, Julian Gallup and Andrew Druziak ran an all-time Section II-best 3:17.03 while placing fifth in the 1,600 relay.

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Glens Falls high jump sensation Shelly Choppa set state and national records — the state mark still stands — when she cleared 6-0 3/4 at the 1990 Keebler International Prep Invitational in Illinois. Choppa cleared 6 feet even as a sophomore and junior, and described her senior-season effort as "the perfect jump. Her scholastic resume also includes four state high jump titles.

The boys' state high jump record is also held by a Section II athlete, Dan Olson of Albany Academy, who cleared 7-3 at the 2001 Section II Class B championships.


The fastest 11 times on the girls' Section II all-time 3,200-meter relay list have been clocked by teams from Saratoga Springs and Shenendehowa. Shenendehowa tops the list with an 8:50.58 compiled by Emily Crounse, Danielle Jordan, Julia Zachgo and Hannah Reale at the 2016 outdoor nationals. Reale closed in 2:07.9.


Mia D'Ambrosio of Schalmont turned in a slew of super fast times as a junior in 2019, including a pair of all-time Section II bests in the 100-meter dash and 200-meter dash. The North Carolina State-bound star clocked an 11.89 in the 100 final at the state meet qualifier for one of them, and ran a 23.94 in the 200 preliminaries at the season-ending outdoor nationals for another.


Joel Carusone of Guilderland kept going higher and higher throughout his scholastic pole vaulting career, and peaked at 16-5 as a senior in 1999 when he won the state title with that effort and set a then-New York record. Shane Racey of Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk went 16-0 last season to tie for the No. 2 spot on the all-time Section II pole vault list with Adam Hume of South Glens Falls (2010). 


Leah Moran of Holy Names is the all-time Section II leader in the long jump and triple jump, establishing both of her marks at the 2015 Glenn D. Loucks Games in White Plains when she soared 19-11 and 40 1/2, respectively. The Stillwater native and current Indiana University senior went on to win state championships in both events in 2015, like she did in the 2014 season, too.


The top two boys' 400-meter relay times were actually recorded in the same race last season in the state federation final, when Colonie won in 41.39 with Josiah Kemp, Shai Young, Cristian Hubbard and Michael Hermance, and Schenectady placed second in 41.75 with Corey Anderson, Jeremiah Davis, Malakai Myles and Trebor Davis. Colonie also set the Section II record with its effort.


Only one athlete in New York boys' track and field history has thrown a discus farther than 200 feet, and that was Andy Bloom of Niskayuna, whose heave at the 1991 state meet qualifier covered 202-9. Officials on hand didn't have a measuring tape that went beyond 200 feet, and used a pencil to mark Bloom's effort until it could be officially recorded when the meet was over.

Bloom also holds the best all-time Section II mark in the shot put at 64-2 1/2. He would go on to win NCAA titles while at Wake Forest in both of the throwing events.


John Maloy of Shaker and John Moore of Fonda-Fultonville both won state 800-meter titles in 2006, and also clocked Section II's best times ever that season. Maloy won his state title in Division 1 and later placed first in the federation 800 in an all-time area best 1:51.51. Moore ran a 1:51.59 at the state meet qualifier, and later won the state Division 2 crown and placed second in the federation race.

Reach Jim Schiltz at [email protected] or @jim_schiltz on Twitter.

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