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May 5, 2014

Big weekend for area track athletes

Christopherson, Remillard, Huber, Gadway win events; others turn in top 7 finishes

GENESEO — North Country athletes left their mark on the State University of New York Athletic Conference championships in track & field over the weekend.

Four former Section VII and Section X standouts turned in winning efforts while three others produced top-five finishes.

Connor Christopherson, a freshman at Cortland, captured the men’s decathlon with 5,850 points, beating out runner-up Alex Choi of Plattsburgh, with 5,503.

Christopherson, the former Saranac star, tallied 770 points in the 110-meter hurdles (15.67), 757 in the 100-meter dash (11.48) and 716 in the 400 dash (52.21) on his way to victory.

Charles Remillard, a junior at Oneonta, ran a 9:31.04 to win the 3,000-meter steeplechase. The Peru product beat out former Seton Catholic standout Mitch Ryan, a freshman at Oneonta, who came in second in 9:31.65.

Remillard also placed fifth in the 5,000 meters with a time of 15:48.79.

Plattsburgh’s Jess Huber and Amanda Gadway also claimed gold medals in the conference championships.

Huber, who came in second in the 100-meter dash, turned the tables on her Fredonia rival by winning the 200 in 24.43 seconds — a new Geneseo facility record.

The former Beekmantown star also took in the long jump with a leap of 17 feet, 4 inches.

The Gadway sisters of Malone also enjoyed a stellar weekend at the SUNYAC meet with Amanda Gadway winning the hammer throw with a toss of 149 feet, 4 inches. The junior also placed second in the discus with a school-record heave of 132-5.

Ashley Gadway, also a junior, earned a third place in the shot put with a throw of 39-10. She was seventh in the discus with a 120-5 effort.

Oneonta sophomore Micah Patterson, who starred at Saranac, finished fourth in the men’s 400-meter dash with a time of 50.13. Patterson won the qualifying preliminary in 49.71.

Not only did Huber reset her own program records in the two races, she also put forth two of the top-five times in all of NCAA Division III during the meet.

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