The Daily Star
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Mitchel Couch helped Oneonta High’s boys to a narrow victory.
Jennifer Jelic paced the Yellowjackets’ girls to an easy win.
Both OHS track teams earned team victories in the Section Four Class B meet Thursday at Windsor.
OHS’ boys rode a second-place finish by their 1,600-meter relay team to a one-point victory over Maine-Endwell and two points clear of Susquehanna Valley.
The Yellowjackets had 92 points.
In the meet-ending relay, Ryan Minerosa, James Longo, Mat Robinson and Ben Gollin crossed in 3 minutes, 37.83 seconds. The host school won in 3:36.98, but second place was enough for the Yellowjackets, who came into the relay trailing SV, which finished sixth.
Couch placed first in the shot put and discus. He put the shot 42 feet, 7 inches to just beat three other competitors who exceeded 42 feet. Couch had an easier time in the discus, where his throw of 141-5 was over 9 feet ahead of runner-up John Gage of SV.
OHS also received victories from Gollin in the 1,600 (4:32.77) and Aaron Murphy in the triple jump (40-4).
Cameron Hazard’s 11-0 clearing in the pole vault placed him second.
Longo and Robinson placed third and fourth, respectively, in the 400 hurdles. Longo finished in 1:00.33 and Robinson crossed in 1:00.95.
Oneonta’s girls finished with 139 points _ 47 ahead of runner-up M-E.
Jelic won the 100 hurdles in 15.94 and the 400 hurdles in 1:06.53. She also joined Mary Buzzanca, Alexandra Sakoulas and Abby Picinich on a 400 relay that finished second in 52.06. M-E won in 51.91.
Oneonta’s 1,600 relay of Buzzanca, Missy Emilio, Sakoulas and Jelc crossed second in 4:18.92. Waverly won in 4:08.93.
Emilio, Fable Booker, Taylor Hitchcock and Claire Buzzanca placed second in the 3,200 relay, finishing 10:13.43. Waverly was first in 10:09.88.
“The girls just performed admirably today,” OHS girls coach Dave Forbes said. “We placed in every event except the triple jump.”
Picinich finished runner-up in the 100 and 200, with the latter erasing a school record that had stood since 1988. Picinich finished the 200 in 26.71, a fully-automated time that translates into a faster clocking than the hand-held 26.7 run by Mindy (Graves) Gelbsman in 1988. Allexandra Laubert of M-E won the event in 26.63.
Picinich’s 100 time was 13.10, just off the winning time of 12.97 by M-E’s Casey Lee.
Brittney Herrick and Natalie Vanderlaan-Meyering placed 1-2 in the high jump. Both cleared 5-0, but Herrick won on fewer misses.
Emilio and Hitchcock had respective second-place showings in the 800 and 1,500. Emilio finished in 2:28.32 and Hitchcock crossed in 5:08.30.
In the shot put, Herrick placed second at 31-6 ¾ and Michelle Lee St. Marthe was third at 31-5 ¼.
The Section Four State Qualifier will start at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at Vestal.
Section Four Class C
Austin McCarroll won the 800 meters in his personal-best time, Austin Dean placed first in the discus and Sidney won the 400 relay en route to the boys title in the Section Four Class C track meet Thursday at Newark Valley.
The Warriors finished with 94 points _ 18 better than runner-up Trumansburg. Gilbertsville-Mount Upton/Morris and Unatego finished tied for fourth with 36 points, and Bainbridge-Guilford/Afton was seventh with 32.
McCarroll was pushed in his 800 victory. He crossed in 1 minute, 58.02 seconds. Evan Degraw of Union Springs was second in 1:59.19.
“The kid from Union Springs went out in the lead and Austin stayed on him,” Sidney coach Paul Sims said. “He outkicked him at the finish line.”
It was part of a big day for McCarroll, who also finished fourth in the triple jump (40 feet, 9 inches) and anchored 1,600 and 3,200 relay teams that finished second and third, respectively.
The 1,600 relay was among the best race’s of the meet. Chenango Forks set a facility record in winnig at 3:31.40, just ahead of Ethan Green, Dean Howard, Hunter Sowersby and McCarroll, who finished in 3:31.55.
“If he had another 10 meters, he would have caught him,” Sims said of McCarroll’s anchor leg.
Howard, Cole Matthews, Thomas Hoskins and McCarroll finished the 3,200 relay in 8:31.53. Trumansburg won in 8:21.44.
Sidney’s 400 relay of Aaron McCarroll, Green, Sowersby and Nate Magnussen won in 45.24, just ahead of the GMUM team of Justin Cole, Eddie Ray Cotton, Lucas Seneck and Aiden Staib, which crossed in 45.64.
Dean won the discus at 140-3, about 2 feet shy of his best this season. Teammate Collin Brandl finished third at 130-2.
Perhaps the best performance by an area thrower came from B-G/A’s Pedro Aparicio, who won the shot put at 48-4 ¼, his best distance of the season.
Two of the area’s premier sprinters -- Unatego’s David VanAlstine and Cotton – had a pair of tight finishes. VanAlstine won the 100 in 11.78, just ahead of runner-up Cotton, who crossed in 11.84.
“That was a really good race,” Unatego coach Mike Hamilton said.
In the 200, winner Robert Smith of Whitney Point finished in 23.80, followed by Cotton (24.16) and VanAlstine (24.17).
Cotton long jumped 19-11 ¾ to finish second. Unatego’s Josh Winchester placed second in the high jump (5-10) and B-G/A’s Adam Bauerle was second in the 3,000 steeplechase (10:25.77), an event held Monday at Vestal.
B-G/A’s girls placed highest among area teams at third with 49 points. Dryden won with 122, followed by Newark Valley.
Sophomore Julia Knapp won the 100 hurdles in a stadium-record of 15.89 for the Bears. Knapp also placed first in the 400 hurdles (1:08.64) and finished runner-up in the long jump (16-0).
Knapp anchored the Bears’ 400 relay team that included Christina Bochicchio, Katrina Ross and Mitilda Knapp. It finished in 52.17 in a race won by Dryden in 51.69.
GMUM’s Christina Hawkins had a big night in the throws, sweeping both events by wide margins. She won the discus (100-8) by over 12 feet and the shot put (34-4 ¼) by about a foot and a half.
Unatego’s Michaela Reynolds cleared her personal-best of 5-1 to win the high jump. Reynolds’ teammate, Katrina Clark finished second in the 800 (2:30.33) and third in the 1,500 (5:13.34).
Section Three Class C-1
Behind victories from Lucy Ford and Kristin Ratliff, Cooperstown’s girls finished third in the Section Three Class C-1 meet Thursday at Sauquoit Valley.
Ford, on the mend from an ankle injury, cleared 5-0 to win the high jump.
Ratliff’s big meet included a first-place showing in the 400 hurdles (1:10.40), a second-place effort in the 2,000 steeplechase (school-record 7:48.4) and a third-place finish in the 100 hurdles (17.07).
Ford also placed third in the shot put (29-21/4) and Liz Millea tied for the third in the pole vault (7-6).
Cooperstown’s 400 relay team of Maya Wasson, Ford, Millea and Chantel Huntington placed second in 53.47.
Cooperstown finished with 70 points in a meet won by Tully with 114. The host school was second with 91.5.
Cooperstown’s boys placed seventh Thursday at Morrisville-Eaton with 37.5 points. Tully won with 137.5.
Johnny Zhang paced Cooperstown with a victory in the triple jump. He covered 39-8 ½.
Joe Harmon and Jimi Scrafford finished second in the 1,600 and 3,200, respectively. Harmon crossed in 4:38.91 and Scrafford finished in 10:39.35.