February 9, 2014

Deshaies, Carpers lead PHS girls to Sect. VII victory

PLATTSBURGH — The Plattsburgh High girls’ indoor track and field team found itself in a battle with Beekmantown and Saranac all season long.

But when it mattered most, Saturday belonged to the Hornets.

Plattsburgh High collected three event wins to total 155 points, claiming the Section VII championship at the Plattsburgh State Field House.

“To us, it’s very important,” Hornets co-coach Vern Harrison said. “A lot of the girls were working hard all season to get to this point, and it’s just good to see all that hard work pay off.”

The Hornets had a plethora of athletes participate in multiple events, making the five-hour event a marathon in itself.

“All the meets are all the schools, so you move people around and you find what they’re comfortable with,” Plattsburgh High co-coach Adam Mehan said. “A lot of the harder work (Saturday) was our distance team, really. We needed them to step up, and we had to find people and plug them into events that they’re not accustomed to doing. It was an impressive performance from our mid-distance and our distance team, especially because those races are kind of clumped together.”

Picking up 26 points for the Hornets was Claire Deshaies. Deshaies was a victor in the 600-meter run before finishing second in the 55-meter dash and 300-meter dash.

“I was pleased with my performance in the 600-meter run,” Deshaies said. “I started track in my eighth-grade year, and then I did cross country, so I think the 600 is a nice blend of both.”

Deshaies’ teammates, Ashlee Carper and Kaylia Carper, were impact athletes for both Harrison and Mehan.

Ashlee Carper took the win in the 55-meter hurdles, while her twin sister earned first-place honors in the triple jump.

The Eagles finished second, recording 121 points, while Saranac (84), Ticonderoga (48) and Seton Catholic (38) completed the top five. Moriah (30), Peru (28), AuSable Valley (11) and Westport (0) completed the running order.

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