February 18, 2013

43 athletes earn spot in states for track

NCCS's Honan breaks Sect. VII triple jump record

PLATTSBURGH — Section VII had 43 athletes earn spots in the NYSPHSAA Indoor Track and Field Championships March 2 at Cornell University at Saturday’s qualifying meet at the Plattsburgh State Field House.

The boys had 24 athletes capture spots, while the girls earned 19.

The top relay teams and top two finishers in each individual event qualify for the state championships.

Saranac led the way with 13 athletes in all, nine boys and four girls. Plattsburgh was next with 10 athletes (seven girls, three boys), while Ticonderoga will send eight (seven boys, one girl).

Seton Catholic had six athletes qualify (four boys, two girls), Peru three (three girls) and AuSable Valley two (one boy, one girl).

Mallory Honan, who is Northeastern Clinton’s lone representative to compete, qualified in three separate events Saturday.

Honan took first in the 55 hurdles (8.6) and the long jump (16 feet, ½ inch). She also will compete in the triple jump after she broke her own Section VII record of 34-4½ with a jump of 36-7¾.

The Hornets had three athletes earn spots in three different events. Claire Deshaies, Adrienne Nye and Rayanna Canet. Brooke Knight, Anna Hewitt, Taylor Canet and Ashlee Carper will each compete in two events.

Lexi Blockson and Elysha O’Connell both will represent the Chiefs for two events, while Alexis Bruno and Abby Cerne will compete in one.

Melissa Whyman captured a pair of events on the day for the Knights, with Margaret Champagne picking up a win in the 3,000.

The Indians’ Ashley Leta, Brianna Pena and Natasha Lindor, the Sentinels’ Naomi Forkas and the Patriots’ Ashlee Estes will each represent their schools in one event.

Saranac will send the most athletes to the state meet, but Ticonderoga’s Jarryn Granger will be competing in the most events.

Granger picked up wins in the long jump (20-7¾), the triple jump (40-5¼) and is part of the 640 relay squad (1:18.8).

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