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June 6, 2014

Area's best athletes have one-track minds

8 standouts compete for state titles this weekend

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If Robinson can drop another second this week, he’d stand a good shot at placing in the top six in D-II.

“That would be a spectacular meet,” Cotter said if Robinson places. “His goal is to run a PR. Wherever that lands him will be great.”

Next year: Robinson will compete at SUNY Delhi.

MATTIE SEAMANS

Event: 800.

State-meet pedigree: First appearance.

When she competes: 3 p.m. today (D-II final).

How she got here: Seamans placed second overall and first among D-II competitors in the Section Four State Qualifer, running a personal-best 2:19.18.

Seed: Seamans is 26th overall and 14th in D-II. The top seed in D-II is Hamilton’s Sage Hurta at 2:11.61.

Etc.: Windham’s track program is 3 years old and Seamans is the first from her school to make it to the state meet.

She had to pass two runners down the final straightaway to qualify last week.

“Probably her biggest strength is speed coming down the home stretch,” Windham coach Jesse Berube said of Seamans. “Speed is her strong suit and that’s what she likes to use.”

Berube said getting under 2:20 was Seamans’ goal this season.

“She was super-ecstatic,” Berube said of Seamans’ reaction to her time last week. “She’s so excited. It’s a big accomplishment to get out of the section.”

She’s dropped 4 1/2 seconds off her best time from last season.

“We’re hoping to get as close to 2:15 as we can, but we’re not putting any time on it,” he said. “We just want her to race and have fun.”

Next year: Seamans will run at Hamilton College.

Rob Centorani can be reached at rcentorani@thedailystar.com or 607-432-1000, ext. 209.

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