The Daily Star
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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.
Ben Gollin placed third in the 1,600 for the Jackets, whose 21 points edged Norwich by one for eighth place in the team standings. Corning cruised to the boys crown with 129.5 points.
The Yellowjackets will compete in the Section Four Class B meet Thursday at Windsor.
Sidney’s boys and Bainbridge-Guilford/Afton’s girls cruised to titles Thursday in the Midstate Athletic Conference meet at Greene.
The Warriors’ 157-point total was 54 ahead of runner-up B-G/A. Unatego finished third with 81.
Austin McCarroll’s big day for Sidney included individual victories in the 800 (1:59.90) and the triple jump (40-1). He also teamed with Dean Howard, Cole Matthews and Thomas Hoskins on Sidney’s winning 3,200 relay team that crossed in 8:46.20.
Mike Ward contributed wins in the 110 hurdles (16.4) and the 400 hurdles (1:01.5) for the Warriors, who also received a win from Austin Dean in the discus (139-1).
B-G/A’s Pedro Aparicio placed first in the shot put at 45-5 ½.
Unatego sprinter David VanAlstine won the 100 in 11.1 and the 200 in 22.9. The Spartans also received a victory from Josh Winchester, who cleared 5-10 in the high jump.
Unadilla Valley’s Dylan Thomson won the 1,600 in 4:30.30.
B-G/A’s girls finished with 172 points. Runner-up Sidney had 128 followed by Unatego with 95.
Julia Knapp led the Bears with wins in the 100 hurdles (15.7), the 400 hurdles (1:08.5) and the long jump (15-2). She also anchored B-G/A’s wining 400 relay that finished in 51.9. Christina Bochicchio, Katrina Ross and Mitilda Knapp also ran on the relay.
Mitilda Knapp also won the 100 (13.1) and the 200 (28.3).
Daphne Knapp contributed a win in the 3,000 for the Bears. She finished in 12:26.0.
Sidney received first-place finishes from throwers Cindy Kaptan and Bethany Karl. Kaptan won the discus at 87-6 and Karl took the shot put at 32-4.
Unatego’s Katrina Clark had first-place finishes in the 800 (2:30.7) and the 1,500 (5:12.0). Teammate Michaela Reynolds won the high jump (4-10) and the triple jump (31-4).
Kim Kehr of Walton won the 400 in 1:01.1. Delhi received a win from Amelia Legg, who cleared 6-6 in the pole vault.
Host Cherry Valley-Springfield rolled to the Tri-Valley League boys team championship with 126 points Thursday, beating runner up Gilbertsville-Mount Upton/Morris by 28.
Dustin Collins won two individual titles for the Patriots, taking the triple jump at 42-1.5 and the high jump at 5-10.
Ben Drugatz also earned a T-V title for the Patriots, winning the 400 in 53.35. That marked one of three sub-54-second efforts as Jerry Murello of Laurens finished second in 53.68, followed by CV-S’ Nick Mills at 53.88.
Mills and Drugatz also led the victorious 1,600 relay team as they were followed by Kyle Jaquay and Isiah Montgomery for a 3:45.45 finish.
Drugatz anchored the winning 3,200 relay team as well. He joined Kyle Jaquay, Ethan Drugatz and Elijah Lyon for a championship time of 8:57.67.
GMUM had double-winners in Eddie Cotton and Cameron Grant Hill. Cotton won the 100 (11.34) and the long jump (19-3). He was denied a third individual title when Antonio Gomes of Downsville ran a 22.72 to beat Cotton by .08 seconds in the 200.
Hill’s double came in the 1,600 (4:47.0) and the 3,200 (10:50.01).
Milford’s Elijah Coley swept the hurdles, winning the 110 in 17.38 and the 400 in 1:03.20. He edged Tom McGroder of Edmeston in the latter by .26 seconds.
Downsville’s Steven Casciola also earned two titles, winning the shot put at 40-9 and the discus at 118-2.
Other T-V champs were Schenevus/Worcester’s Brian Young (800, 2:08.14); Davenport/South Kortright’s Sean O’Connor (3,000 steeplechase, 11:07.30); and the GMUM 400 relay team of Lucas Seneck, Justin Cole, Aiden Staib and Cotton (46.47).
The girls meet featured a much closer team finish as GMUM edged Richfield Springs, 80-74, for the title.
Christina Hawkins paced the GMUM girls with wins in the shot put (34-2) and the discus (106-1).
Teammate Emily Leboffe contributed a title in the 3,000 (12:08.73).
Richfield Springs stayed close with six champions, including doubles for Christina Gurley (100, 13.12; 200, 27.48) and Tessa Buck (long jump, 13-10.5; triple jump, 32-9.5).
Buck and Gurley joined Petra Peretin and Morgan Sylvester for victories in the 400 relay (54.26) and the 1,600 relay (4:23.17) as well.
Other double-winners were Milford’s Hannah Saggese (400, 1:03.52; 800, 2:31.61) and Edmeston’s Madison Kline (1,500, 5:29.25; 2,000 steeplechase, 8:01.97).
Saggese also anchored the winning 3,200 relay team, which featured Lia Solensten, Lizette Holiday and Keira Higgins and finished in 10:45.16.
Hurdles titles went to Davenport/SK’s Sarah Haight (100, 17.21) and Stamford’s Cassie Ehrhart (400, 1:11.01).
Shianne Coss rounded out the T-V girls champs with a win in the high jump at 4-6. Haight also cleared 4-6 but lost on jumps.