February 3, 2014

Moriah's Snyder, Saranac boys indoor standouts

CANTON — Moriah’s Halie Snyder shattered three Section VII records while the Saranac boys, on a record tear of their own, rolled to 37-point victory over 15 other schools Saturday night in the 2014 North Country Invitational in indoor track & field at St. Lawrence University.

Snyder was easily the individual standout of the meet with three victories, all in record efforts. She broke Section VII indoor records in the 55-meter sprint (7.0 seconds)m 300 meters (40.7) and long jump (17-10). Not only did Snyder accomplish the sweep in record fashion, she did it convincingly. Her margins of victory were 0.4 seconds in the 55 meters, 2.0 seconds in the 300 and 11 inches in the long jump.

While Snyder was dominating the girls’ competition, the Saranac boys were prevailing on the boys’ side in  big way. Several Chiefs turned in personal-bests, led by the 4x800-meter relay team of Dustin Durgan, Sean Tyrell, Justin Liechty and Zach LePage who ran an 8:26.7. It bettered the old school record of 8:37.00 and came within .27 of the Section VII mark.

Sobaan Ayub was a three-time winner for Saranac, setting a school record for the 55-meter hurdles of 8.1 seconds. He came back to win the 300-meter dash and joined Lance Hackett, Liechty and Durgan in edging Ogdensburg by 0.3 seconds to win the 4x400 relay in 3:37.1.

Teammate Caiden Goodman tied the school record for the 55-meter dash, finishing second in 6.5 seconds.

The Chiefs scored in all but two of the 14 events to finish with 113 points, well ahead of runner-up Ogdensburg, with 113.

Malone, led by Abe Gravell’s winning high jump of 6-feet-1-inch, came in fourth with 45 points while Plattsburgh High, on the strength of another stellar performance by Jeriqho Gadway, was seventh with 36 points. Gadway won the 1,600 in 4:28.1 and the 3,200 in 10:00.8. Westport’s Jonathan Gay was runner-up in the 1,600 with a personal-best of 4:39.9 while Seton Catholic’s Evan Page placed second in the 3,200 in 10:11.4.

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