December 19, 2013

Saranac, Plattsburgh take CVAC track meet

PLATTSBURGH — The Saranac boys and the Plattsburgh girls opened the Champlain Valley Athletic Conference indoor track & field season on a positive note Wednesday.

The Chiefs took first overall in the boys’ event, while the Hornets picked up the victory in the girls’ meet.

Justin Liechty, Caiden Goodman and Dustin Durgan led the charge for Saranac with two wins apiece.

Liechty was a winner in the 3,200 relay with Conner Madden, Kolby Kitterle and Chad Dashnaw in a time of 10:18.4. Liechty was also a winner in the high jump with a jump of six feet, two inches, which broke the school record of six feet, one inch set by Kody Kowalowski in 2005. Liechty’s previous best was five feet, eight inches.

Goodman took first in the 55 dash (6.7) and was part of the 640 relay (1:19.5) with Hunter Church, Durgan and Sobaan Ayub.

Durgan added his second win in the 1,600 relay (4:33.6) with Mike Bernardi, Lance Hackett and Eli Fasking.

Plattsburgh’s Jeriqho Gadway picked up where he left off in the cross country season. Gadway captured three victories on the afternoon, winning the 1,600 (4:40.6), the 600 (1:32.0) and the 3,200 (9:56.9). The Hornets came in fourth in the event.

Ticonderoga, which took second, was paced by Jay Hebert and Jarryn Granger, who each captured two wins.

Hebert won the 55 hurdles (7.2) and the 300 (38.1), while Granger was first in the long jump (19-11) and the triple jump (40-00).

Saranac’s Colby Russell was a winner in the shot put (40-08¾), while Westport’s Jonathan Gay took the 1,000 (2:49.2).

Brooke Knight helped Plattsburgh to the girls’ victory with a pair of wins on the day.

Knight was a winner in the long jump (16-03¾) and the triple jump (35-00).

Beekmantown, which took third place, was led by Kallie Villemaire and Mikaela Frechette with two wins apiece.

Villemaire was first in the 300 (43.3) and was part of the 640 relay (1:31.6) with Frechette, Courtney Wilson and Elisabeth Plympton.

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