Proctor’s Washington sets Section III record, others qualify for state track and field meet


There were several athletes from the area that have qualified for the New York state track and field championships next weekend at Cicero-North Syracuse High School.

Utica Thomas R. Proctor High School senior Tamiah Washington set a Section III record at the state qualifier meet on Thursday at C-NS High School. 

Washington, who is set to go to NCAA Division I Texas Tech in the fall, won the long jump and triple jump events. She set the Section III record in the triple jump with a mark of 41 feet, 2.25 inches. The previous record was 40-3.25.

She had a mark of 18 feet, 7.75 inches in the long jump. 

She was also first in the 400-meter dash 57.81 seconds and was the lone participant to finish in under a minute. 

Also in Division I, Rome Free Academy had two athletes qualify for the championships. Emily Toth-Ratazzi won the 2,000-meter steeplechase in 7 minutes, 9.25 seconds, which  suprassed her own school record.

Imani Pugh won pentathlon – she won four of five events – to finish with a school record of 2,937 points. That surpassed Tricia Loso’s mark of 2,754 from 2014.

RFA also had three runner-ups who will be alternates at next weeks state meet, according to coach Nick Jeror.

The 4x100-meter relay team of Amya McLeod, Jaleea Garner, Alyce Frost and Chulisa Ruiz set a season-best time of 51.34. 

Marlo Townsend set a season-best of 7:35.88 in the steeplechase behind Toth-Ratazzi. Kayle Bertini was also runner-up in the 400 hurdles in a time of 1:09.13.

In Section III Division II, Clinton senior Claire Barone finished tied for second in the pole vault with a mark of 9 feet, 6 inches. 

She previously qualified for the pole vault with a school record of 10 feet, five inches. 

Sauquoit Valley freshman Addison Lazarek was first in the Division II triple jump with a mark of 36 feet, 7.50 inches.

Central Valley Academy’s Nicholas Shedd qualified by winning the 110-meter high hurdles in 15.63 seconds and the 400-meter hurdles in 57.55.

New York Mills’ Joey Cirasuolo won the shot put with a mark of 45 feet, 3.75 inches. 

From Canastota, Devon Youker finished first in the 100-meter dash in 10.80 seconds.


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