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May 6, 2013

Jackets sweep Don Howard Invitational


Oneonta High’s boys and girls cruised to victories in the Don Howard Invitational on Saturday at Cooperstown.

Led by Athlete of the Meet Ben Gollin, the Yellowjackets’ boys compiled a 191 points to beat runner-up Coopersown by 67 points in the nine-team meet.

Gollin won the 800- and 1,600-meter races in 2 minutes, 2.68 seconds and 4:35.45, respectively.

Teammate James Longo earned Runner of the Meet honors. He won the 400 hurdles in 1:01.57, barely beating teammate Mat Robinson, who crossed in 1:01.87. Longo also joined Ryan Minerosa, Tim Bemis and Scott Conrade on a winning 1,600 relay that finished in 3:37.69.

The Yellowjackets’ Mitchel Couch won the discus with a personal-best throw of 141 feet, 7 inches. He also placed second in the shot put at 43-0. Cobleskill’s Don Thorington won at 50-2.

Oneonta also received victories from Skylar Thompson in the 100 (11.67), Logan Mancuso in the 3,200 (10:43.98) and Tim Bemis in the long jump (18-4).

Robinson cleared 5-10 to place second in the high jump, the same height as winner Zach Haskin of Cobleskill. Haskin won on fewer misses.

The host school received wins from Jacob Miller in the 200 (23.98), Johnny Zhang in the triple jump (37-5) and Sean Mebust in the pole vault (10-6).

Oneonta’s girls finished with 177 points to beat runner-up Cobleskill by 78.

The highlight no doubt came in the high jump, where Cooperstown’s Lucy Ford, and Oneonta High’s Brittney Herrick and Natalie Vanderlaan-Meyering all turned in personal-bests.

Ford won at 5-4 ¼. Herrick cleared 5-4 and Vanderlaan-Meyering made it over 5-1.

Cooperstown girls coach Connie Herzig said Ford thought she was attempting a meet-tying record of 5-5, but after she cleared the bar on her first attempt, an official measured the bar. Because there’s a sag in the bar, Herzig said, the height was revised to 5-4 ¼.

Herzig said Ford said her left foot “felt funny” after clearing 5-4 ¼, so she decided to stop there. Herrick cleared 5-3 and 5-4 on her final attempt.

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