Oneonta High’s Jennifer Jelic earned a pair of runner-up finishes in the hurdles and helped the Yellowjackets’ 400-meter relay team to a school record Thursday during the Southern Tier Athletic Conference Track and Field Championships at Union-Endicott.
Jelic highlighted the efforts of sixth-place OHS with a second in the 100-meter hurdles (16.08 seconds) and another second in the 400 hurdles (1:05.24). Jelic finished behind Kathy Cadet both times as the U-E standout won in 15.14 and 1:04.43, respectively.
“The Cadet girl took her out of the blocks in the 100,” OHS girls coach Dave Forbes said. “There was almost a second difference. In the intermediates, Cadet surged ahead on the first turn, but Jen caught her on the backstretch. Hurdles four through seven, it was pretty much tied. Cadet just stepped it up on hurdles nine and 10. Those two slugged it out.”
Jelic joined Abby Picinich, Mary Buzzanca and Alexandra Sakoulas on the relay team that finished its preliminary in 51.28, breaking the school record of 52.3 set by Mindy Graves, Molly Denicore, Melanie Grover and Jill Hurley in 1988.
“It was a smooth race on their part,” Forbes said of the foursome that finished sixth in the finals. “The hand-offs were pretty good.”
Natalie Vanderlaan-Meyering also had a second, clearing 5-feet in the high jump. She finished two inches behind Vestal’s Kari Stromhaug and earned the runner-up spot on jumps as Megan Casler of Horseheads also conquered the 5-foot mark. Vanderlaan-Meyering was in line for a victory on misses as top three went for the final attemps at 5-2. Stromhaug was the only won to clear the height.
Picinich contributed a third in the 200 (27.52) for the Yellowjackets, who amassed 37.5 points. Vestal won the girls title with 105 points.
Mitchel Couch paced Oneonta’s boys with a second in the discus (141-6). Vestal’s Jon Edwards won the event at 152-10.