“He was sitting with me and not really working that hard,” McNamara said. “I was hitting them in 30s (seconds). I said, 'You can go by me now.' He hit the last three in 24s and 25s and I said, 'OK, we have ourselves an athlete.'”
McNamara said he wouldn't be surprised if Gomes dropped by a second by next spring.
“He's very excited about (next season),” the coach said. “He's already talking about workouts for the summer.”
Unatego senior David VanAlstine also competed in the 200. He finished 15th in D-II in 23.74.
Bainbridge-Guilford/Afton sophomore Julia Knapp earned a medal in her third straight state meet. She placed fifth in the D-II 100 hurdles in a time of 15.14.
As an eighth-grader Knapp finished sixth among D-II public school competitors in the 400 hurdles. She did likewise last year, as well as finishing third in the D-II 100 hurdles.
A pair of OHS athletes just missed the awards podium in their events. Seniors Mitchel Couch and Jenn Jelic placed seventh among D-II athletes in the discus and 400 hurdles, respectively.
Couch's best throw covered 142-2 — 5 inches off of sixth place.
Jelic crossed in 1:07.69.
Both OHS standouts will compete for SUNY Delhi next season.
Sidney's 400 and 1,600 boys relay teams couldn't repeat their performances from last week's Section Four State Qualifier, when both teams set school records.
The Warriors' 400 relay squad of Aaron McCarroll, Ethan Green, Hunter Sowersby and Nate Magnussen placed 11th in D-II in 45.26. That team ran a 44.70 last Thursday.
Green and Sowersby joined Dean Howard and Austin McCarroll on a 1,600 relay squad that placed 10th in D-II in 3:28.86. Last week, that foursome finished in 3:26.14 to win an overall sectional title.
Gilbertsville-Mount Upton/Morris senior Eddie Ray Cotton finished 12th in the D-II 100 in 11.35. B-G/A junior Pedro Aparicio was 14th in the D-II shot put at 42-10.