April 23, 2013

Saranac boys, Beekmantown girls look for repeats in track

Editor’s Note: Information from Lake Placid was not received in time for press run.

The 2012 track and field season came to a strong end for many Section VII athletes.

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The section was well represented in the state meet with Section VII capturing two Division II titles and a Federation title.

Peru’s Dan Lennon took first in the 3,200 meter run, and has since moved on to compete at Syracuse.

Beekmantown’s Jess Huber teamed with Kallie Villemaire, Courtney Wilson and Mikaela Frechette to win the 400 relay. Huber has also graduated and is running for the Vermont Catamounts.

Villemiare, Wilson and Frechette, however, all return to lead a strong Eagles squad, which is coming off a Section VII title.

Ticonderoga’s Jay Hebert, who as a sophomore captured the Federation title in the 110 hurdles, returns for his junior season for the Sentinels.

Saranac lost a slew of athletes from last season’s fourth straight Section VII title, but also return many — and have added a lot to the roster as well in hopes of a fifth straight title.


The Patriot boys finished the season with a 4-3 record, and a sixth-place finish in the Section VII championships.

Jumps will continue to be the area of strength with senior Paul Ford returning. Senior Alexander Connor and sophomore Brandon Ruocco will be the leaders in distance runs, while sophomore Jacob Montefusco and senior Michael Thompson control the sprints. Senior Garth Benway and sophomore Elijah Fitzgerald will provide the strengths in the throws.

AuSable Valley girls, 2-5 a season ago, return school record-holder Rachel Knapp to the fold and she will continue to be a strength in the sprints. Ashle Estes also returns as a versatile athlete who will run sprints, hurdles and do jumps as well as throw shot put.

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