Oneonta High senior Jennifer Jelic and Sidney’s boys 1,600-meter relay team set meet- and school-records Saturday in leading their respective teams to second-place finishes in the N.Y./Pa. Invitational at Windsor.
In a loaded 400 hurdles field, Jelic took down Bainbridge-Guilford/Afton’s Julia Knapp and Union-Endicott’s Kathy Cadet, and broke a 25-year-old school record in the process.
“An outstanding, aggressive 400 hurdles,” OHS coach Dave Forbes said in describing Jelic’s win. “She took off, she was solid of out the blocks and never misstepped a hurdle.
“Cadet and Knapp didn’t fade,” he continued. “Jen just looked so strong. She never slowed down all the way to the end.”
Jelic crossed in 1 minute, 4.98 seconds. That beat the meet record of 1:05.87 set by Cadet last season and the school record of 1:06.8 set by Jill Hurley in 1988.
“It’s definitely one of the older ones,” Forbes said of the mark Hurley set during the Reagan administration. “Jen has been close to it. She just ran a perfect race (Saturday).”
Knapp, a sophomore who has twice placed in the 400 hurdles at the state meet, finished second in 1:06.36. Cadet crossed 1:06.46.
“It’s such a drastic drop in time that it’s hard to predict the future,” Forbes said when asked what kind of Jelic could run before season’s end.
Jelic, who had never cracked 1:07 in the event, helped the Yellowjackets to 62 points. Elmira won the 26-team tournament with 70.
Oneonta’s 1,600 relay team of Abby Picinich, Mary Buzzanca, Jelic and Missy Emilio finished first in 4:19.45.
Running the third leg, Jelic received the baton in third place. After running a 1:03 split, she handed off to Emilio with the Jackets in first place, and Emilio also ran a 1:03 to give OHS a three-second win over Elmira.