RFA freshman flexes muscles


LEADING THE LADY BLACK KNIGHTS — RFA’s Mariah Mays competes in the shot put event during the Copper City Classic invitational on Saturday at the Stadium. Mays won the discus throw and was third in the shot put to lead the Lady Black Knights to a seventh-place finish in the team standings. (Sentinel photo by John Clifford)

ROOM TO SPARE — RFA’s Megan Beschusio, right, clears the obstacle in her path during the 400-meter hurdles race in the Copper City Classic on Saturday at the Stadium. (Sentinel photo by Makenzi Enos)

LEADING THE WAY — Remsen’s Anna Roberts paces a group of runners during the 3,000-meter race in the Copper City Classic on Saturday at the Stadium. Roberts went on to finish seventh in the race. (Sentinel photo by John Clifford)

The Rome Free Academy girls track and field team placed seventh during the Copper City Classic invitational on Saturday at the Stadium.

The Lady Black Knights tallied a team score of 29 points to tie for seventh with Canton, as Bethlehem went on to win the invite on 120 points. South Lewis placed sixth with 30 points, Holland Patent took 12th with 20 points, and Remsen captured 15th at 19 points.

Freshman Mariah Mays led Rome by capturing a win in the discus throw on a heave of 120 feet, 11 inches while also capturing the Davis Washington Discus Award. She also hit the qualifying standard for the upcoming Emerging Elite Discus event at the Outdoor Track and Field Nationals to be held in North Carolina on June 13-15.

Mays also had a third place result in the shot put.

Megan O’Connell finished fourth in the 100-meter dash for RFA, as Tricia Loso picked up second in the high jump outdoor pentathlon as well as the outdoor pentathlon’s 800 run and third place finishes in the outdoor pentathlon and the long jump outdoor pentathlon.

Katie Gotch was sixth in the high jump, Allison Cosimeno took eighth in the shot put, Teresa Anken claimed ninth in the 400 hurdles, Jamie Marcinkowski was ninth in the triple jump, and the 400 relay squad of O’Connell, Gotch, Marcinkowski and Nicole Anken took fifth.

South Lewis scored victories by Victoria Campanian in the 2,000 steeplechase at 7 minutes, 30.6 seconds and Sara Young in the pole vault at 10 feet. Campanian was also fifth in the 1,500 run, while Ronni Ehlers took fifth in both the 200 dash and the 400 hurdles. Angela Hutchinson was eighth in the 200 dash, and Elaine Mathis took eighth in the discus.

Remsen was triumphant in the 3,200 relay, with Makenna Cooley, Anna Roberts, Ashley O’Connor and Erin O’Connor crossing the line first.

Megan Will was the runner-up in the shot put, Aly Atwell-Chwazik ran to sixth in the 400 hurdles, Erin O’Connor was seventh in the 800 run and Roberts was seventh in the 3,000 run. Courtney Taylor picked up eighth in the 200 novice dash and Ashley O’Connor was 10th in the 400 dash,

Andrea Marfone took third in the 100 hurdles for Holland Patent, while Shay Callahan came away in fourth in the 400 dash, Harley Buczkowski picked up fourth in the shot put, and Kaitlyn Mytych was ninth in the pole vault.

Wildcats claim own tourney

The Adirondack softball team came out triumphant in its Thomas A. Maurer Tournament in Boonville by first beating Beaver River in the first round, 4-2, then crushing Whitesboro, 20-5, in the championship.

In the first round, Crystal Gydesen went 2-for-4 at the plate with two RBIs and a double for Adirondack. She even went 2-for-2 and scored two runs, two RBIs and doubled in the championship game, while Katarina Candee added three hits, scored two runs and had an RBI. Erika Charbonneau belted two hits, scored three times and had two RBIs, and Kylie Kaiding recorded two hits, scored two runs and drove in two runs as the Wildcats racked up 16 hits along the way.

Elizabeth Riegler recorded wins on the hill in both games to raise her’s and the Wildcats’ record to 10-1.

Lady Wings edge Morrisville

In more softball action, Rome Catholic came up with a 9-8 win over Morrisville-Eaton in a Center State Conference crossover at Kost Field.

Megan Melioris led the 2-10 overall Lady Redwings offensively by going 4-for-4 with three doubles, four RBIs and scored twice. Megan Safin batted 3-for-4 with a double, and Samantha Targduno had two hits, scored twice and stole a base.

Jessica Hartman was the winning pitcher after tossing a complete game and giving up five hits and striking out 10.

Oriskany blanks Little Falls

The Oriskany softball squad captured a 3-0 shutout win over host Little Falls in a CSC crossover matchup. Meghan Carlo had 12 strikeouts on the mound to notch her record to 7-1 on the season.

Alyssa Balfe was 2-for-3 with a two-run double in the sixth inning, and Tori Watson had an RBI in the second.

Oriskany moves to 11-1 overall.

Rome doubles team wins

RFA’s Mark Fanelli and Dylan Furney came out on top during the Tri-Valley League Boys Tennis Invitational at the Parkway courts in Utica.

Fanelli and Furney beat New Hartford’s Suveer Desai and Nikhil Varma in the finals to claim the championship in the second doubles bracket, while teammate Zach Warren finished as the runner-up in the fourth singles bracket.

Camden’s Ryan Lisenko was also second in the third singles bracket.

Bulldogs bounce Waterville

In more boys tennis, Westmoreland beat Waterville, 4-1, in a CSC meet.

Tyler Witter, Connor Acee and Ryan Murphy also recorded singles wins for the Bulldogs, and the group of Ian and Zach Dunning claimed a doubles victory.

Westmoreland goes to 10-2 overall and 7-2 in league play.