Area athletes secure Section III class crowns
Several local boys and girls track and field teams came away with top finishes during their respective Section III class championship meets held at various sites on Friday.
The South Lewis girls team grabbed a second-place overall finish in the Class C-1 and C-2 Championships held at Herkimer High School, while Westmoreland finished fifth during the same event. Tully won the Class C-1 meet with 144 total points, as South Lewis finished with 89 points, and Westmoreland had 46 points. West Canada Valley won the Class C-2 meet with 162 points.
In the boys Class B-1 and B-2 Championships held at Canastota High School, Holland Patent took fourth place as Vernon-Verona-Sherrill finished in seventh in the B-1 meet, and Adirondack took fifth place in the B-2 competition. Solvay won the B-1 event with 112 total points as Skaneateles was second with 105, Ilion was third with 88 and Holland Patent finished with 78 points. VVS had 32 points.
Christian Brothers Academy won the B-2 meet with 200 points, as Adirondack finished with 41 points.
During the Class A meet in Fulton, Camden took ninth place overall with 22 points, while Indian River won the overall event with 110 total points.
Leading South Lewis was Victoria Campanian as she won three events, taking first in the 1,500 and 3,000 distance races as well as the 2,000 steeplechase.
Sara Young won the pole vault competition and was also fifth in the high jump, while the four-person relay team of Ronni Ehlers, Gabrielle Hartley, Angela Hutchinson and Christina Platt won the 1,600 relay.
Hutchinson was second in both the 100 and 200 dashes, and also took fifth in the long jump event, as Ehlers was second in the 400 hurdles, Mary Faduski was second in the outdoor pentathlon event, and the relay team of Ehlers, Hartley, Alexis Olmstead, and Chloe Stinebrickner were fourth in the 400 relay.
For the Westmoreland girls, Skyler Zawko was a sectional champion in three events, winning the 100 dash and the long and triple jumps.
Alexa McGregor took second in the shot put event, as Kendra McGregor was fifth in the discus, Jessica Harper took sixth in the 400 dash, Kelli Brasie was sixth in the 200 dash, Monica Cook was sixth during the 400 hurdles, the four-person team of Emily Gubbins, Anne Quirk, Morgan Murling, and Harper came in fifth during the 3,200 relay, and the quartet of Zawko, Cook, Murling, Harper came in sixth in the 1,600 relay.
During the boys B-1 Championships, Holland Patent was guided by Noah Roberts as he won the 110 hurdles and 400 hurdles events.
Todd Stevens won the 3,000 steeplechase and Elliot Connors won the pole vault to lead the Golden Knights.
Kevin Sidoran was third in the 800 run, Erran Gates was fourth in the 400 dash, Colton Paulo was fourth in the 110 hurdles, the four-person relay team of Gates, Stevens, Sidoran, and Barrett Celecki took second in the 3,200 relay run, while Rob Chmielewski, Aaron Constantini, JT Doolittle, and Paulo took third in the 400 relay, and Gates, Stevens, Michael Lynsky, and Bryce Zayachek were third in the 1,600 relay event.
For VVS, Brett Fields won the shot put and took third during the discus throw. Matt McCoy took second in the 400 dash, James Koperda was second in the pole vault, Erick Faherty was fifth in the 3,200 run, and Nick Stoltz was fifth in the 110 hurdles and fifth in the 400 hurdles.
For Adirondack during the B-2 championship meet, Gabe Acey took third during the 1,600 run, as Kyle Swiecki was second in the 400 hurdles and was also fourth in the 110 hurdles, Coty Lutz was fifth in the 3,200 run, Kyle Meyers was fifth in the discus event, the team of Evan Rockwood, Brandon Norton, Meyers, and Koperda were third during the 400 relay, Sage Chase, Nick Hardy, Zachary Coscomb, and Hunter Bickham were fifth in the 1,600 relay, and the quartet of Acey, Tyler Pocchiari, Eddie Pugh, and Mason Hedeen were fifth during the 3,200 relay competition.
Leading Camden during the Class A Championships was Aaron Davis after he won the pole vault event with a 13 foot vault.
Also placing for the Blue Devils were Ward Seymour, third in the pole vault; Kevin Jones, fifth in the 100; Brandon Arbes, fifth in the 800, and the fourth-place 400 relay team of Jones, Seymour, Joe Muller and Dustin Lewis.