---- — Twenty girls’ track and field athletes collected all-star recognition at the Section VII Track and Field State Qualifier at AuSable Valley Central School May 31.
Andy Hastings, whose Beekmantown squad finished undefeated in the Champlain Valley Athletic Conference and captured their second straight Section VII championship, was honored with the 2013 Coach of the Year award.
New York State sportsmanship awards were given out at the New York State Championships in Middletown June 8 and were voted on by all coaches in Section VII.
This year’s recipient of the New York State sportsmanship award was Mallory Honan of Northeastern Clinton.
EKMW and Lake Placid were honored by Section VII representatives with the Ray Holmes Sportsmanship Award.
Coach of the Year
Andy Hastings, Beekmantown- “It is an honor to be chosen Coach of the Year,” Hastings said. “This was possible because of the efforts of the entire coaching staff, which includes Gary Phillips (throws), Ron Moss (sprints) and Cheryl Turner (jumps).”
Kallie Villemaire, Beekmantown- Only a sophomore, Villemaire established herself as one of the top sprinters in the area. She was undefeated in Section VII in the 200 meters and finished second at the Queensbury Invitational. Villemaire posted a season-best time of 25.2 seconds at the State Qualifier and finished an impressive third at the New York State Track and Field Championships. A fierce competitor, Villemaire possesses the rare combination of talent and a strong work ethic.
Mikaela Frechette, Beekmantown- A talented multi-event athlete, Frechette dedicated herself to becoming one of the top 400-meter hurdlers in the area. She improved her personal best time by over three seconds, while winning the event at the State Qualifier meet. Frechette eclipsed her personal best once again, finishing eighth at the New York State Track and Field Championships with a time of 1:09.13. Frechette is a leader by example.
Emily Anderson, Beekmantown- A junior captain for the Eagles, Anderson is a four-time Section VII champion. She finished undefeated in Section VII in the discus and posted a second-place finish at the Queensbury Invitational. Anderson qualified for the New York State Track and Field Championships by breaking her own school record with an outstanding throw of 115 feet, eight inches. She finished ninth at the New York State Track and Field Championships. Anderson works very hard at the technical aspects of her event.
Beekmantown, 4x100 Relay Team- The team of Frechette, Carlee Casey, Courtney Wilson and Villemaire dominated the event by finishing undefeated in Section VII and winning the Queensbury Invitational. The defending state champions worked very hard to perfect their baton exchanges and improved greatly throughout the season. They posted a season-best time of 50.5 seconds at the State Qualifier and finished 12th at the New York State Track and Field Championships.
Maria Remillard, Peru- Remillard is a junior at Peru. She has been a valued member of the track and field team since her freshman year. She demonstrates stellar athletic ability as well as leadership qualities and was named a captain this past season. Remillard has competed at the state level since her freshman year; this year she is racing in the 2,000-meter steeplechase.
Lea Perry, Peru- Perry is a junior at Peru. Perry transferred to the district in the ninth grade from Texas and has been an important member of the team ever since. Perry is a very talented all-around athlete, who demonstrates competitiveness among many events. Perry has competed at the state level since coming to the area; she competed in the high jump event this season.
Mallory Honan, Northeastern Clinton- This past year was Honan’s sixth year on varsity track and field and fifth year attending the New York State Track and Field Championships. Honan has the Section VII record in the 100-meter hurdles (15:44 FAT), long jump (18’3”) and triple jump (37’5”). She will be attending the University of Vermont in the fall on a track and academic scholarship.
Celine Bouvier, Northeastern Clinton- A Notheastern Clinton senior, Bouvier has been a varsity track and field athlete for six years. Competing in the pentathlon (2,462 points), this year was her second trip to the New York State Track and Field Championships. Two years ago, she participated in high jump (5’0”). She holds the school record in both of these events as well as being a member of the record holding 1,600-meter relay (4:06.8). Bouvier will attend St. Lawrence University this fall.
Halie Snyder, EKMW- A junior from Moriah, Snyder was once again a leader for the EKMW girls’ team in the sprints and jumps in addition to serving as team captain. Highlights for Snyder during the season include placing in the long jump at the Eddy Invitational, sectional titles in the long jump and 100-meter dash, second-place finishes at sectionals in the 200 and 400-meter sprints and qualifying for states in the 100-meter dash and 200-meter dash.
Melissa Whyman, Seton Catholic- A junior, Whyman overcame injury and illness early in her career to set personal records this season from the 400 all the way up to the 3,000. She won the 800 at the Anthony Luciano Invite (Hudson Falls) with a personal record of 2:18.27. Then, she went on to win the 3,000 at the Queensbury Invitational in a personal record of 10:52.05. She lowered her 1,500 personal record to 4:52.40 at the Eddy Meet. Whyman set a new personal record of 2:16.90 in the 800 at the state meet to finish seventh just outside the medals.
Margaret Champagne, Seton Catholic- Champagne, only a freshman, saw big improvements this year. She set a personal record of 4:55.29 in the 1,500 to finish second at the Queensbury Invitational. Then, she went on to set a personal record of 10:37.36 in the 3,000 to finish fifth at the Eddy Meet. Champagne improved her personal record in the 3,000 at the state meet to make the podium with a sixth-place finish in a new personal record of 10:25.36.
Seton Catholic, 4x800 Relay Team- The relay team of Champagne, Maddy Murnane, Paige Spittler and Whyman ran their best at the state qualifier this year with a time of 10:14.64. Alternate Maddy Munn replaced Whyman at the state meet due to the change in schedule.
Annie Frenette, Saranac Lake- A senior, Frenette concluded her career with six years of varsity track and field. She competed in 400, 200, 800, 4x100, 4x400 and long jump. Frenette was a sectional champion in the 4x400 and competed in the 2013 New York State Championshops.
Vanessa Salamy, Saranac Lake- Salamy was a member of the varsity track and field team for five years and was a team captain. She competed in the 100-meter hurdles, 100, 4x100, 400-meter hurdles, 200 and triple jump. She was a 4x400 sectional champion and competed in the New York State Championships in 2011 and 2013.
Samantha Martin, Saranac Lake- A junior, Martin was a team captain for the Red Storm in 2013. She frequently competed in the 4x800, 4x400, 800 and discus. Martin was a sectional champion in the 800 and 4x400 and participated in the 2013 New York State Championships.
Kate Stevens, Saranac Lake- Just a freshman, Stevens competed in the 100, 4x100, 400 and 4x400. She was a sectional champion in the 4x400 and competed in this year’s state record.
Claire Deshaies, Plattsburgh High- As a freshman, Deshaies was the Hornets’ dominant sprinter. Her work ethic is second to none, and it clearly paid off as she owns the Plattsburgh High record in the 400.
Meghann Wood, Saranac- Wood is a junior, who emerged on to the scene after a very successful indoor season. Her hard work and dedication paid off, earning her a sectional championship in the shot put with a throw of 32’1”. Wood continued her success, winning the state qualifier meet with a throw of 34’10” and representing Section VII in the girls’ shot put this year. Her personal best of the 2013 season was 35’2”, and she looks to improve and continue her success next season.