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April 24, 2014

Freshman's performance jumps out for Cooperstown girls track

Staff Report

That Cooperstown freshman Samantha Fanion won the 800 meters Wednesday night at Central Valley was no surprise.

She’s among Cooperstown’s best distance runners.

Her victory in the high jump did turn some heads, though.

Fanion just started practicing the high jump about three weeks ago and cleared 5 feet to win the event.

“This girl can do anything,” Cooperstown coach Connie Herzig said of Fanion, whose first try in the event came this past Saturday at Bainbridge-Guilford, where she cleared 4-4. “She cleared 5-0 on her first try. I didn’t see it. She came over to me and said, ‘I got 5 feet.’ I said, ‘In what?’ I made her say it like six times. It was like, wow.”

The accomplishment was even more impressive because two of her teammates cleared 4-10, including defending Division II state champion Lucy Ford, who finished third in the event.

Freshman Mia Stearns also cleared 4-10, marking her personal best.

The meet ended in a rare three-way tie as Cooperstown, Central Valley and Holland Patent finished with 59 points apiece.

Fanion won the 800 in 2 minutes, 42.5 seconds. Grace LeCates (400, 1:04.7) and Danielle Perrino (400 hurdles, 1:12.9) also had wins for Cooperstown, which received a second from Ford in the shot put (31-0).

Sean Mebust won the high jump at 5-6 to lead Cooperstown’s boys, who fell to Holland Patent, 91-45, and to Central Valley, 74-56.

Johnny Zhang contributed seconds in the long jump (18-5) and the triple jump (34-6) for the Hawkeyes, who also received runner-up finishes from Daniel Francis (400, personal-best 56.5), Jacob Lansing (3,200, 11:35), Max Bonderoff (400 hurdles, 1:06.7), Ken Stahl (shot put, 34-9) and Noah Briggs (discus, 95-0).

Trentin Carentz, Ken Roberts, Lansing and Nate Wilcox finished second in the 3,200 relay (10:08.5).

Cooperstown will host the 12-team Don Howard Invitational at 4 p.m. Friday. Bainbridge-Guilford/Afton, Canajoharie, Cobleskill, Marathon, Norwich, Oneonta, Saranac, Sidney, Unatego and Whitesboro also will compete.

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