Sidney senior-to-be Ashley Mahlmeister earned a bronze medal in the scholastic triple jump at Binghamton University on the opening day of the Empire State Games on Thursday.
Mahlmeister's best effort covered 36 feet, 5 inches, 1 3/4 inches behind silver medalist Theresa Kennedy of Albany. Marlene Ricketts of Westbury won the gold medal at 39-5 3/4.
Mahlmeister, the reigning Daily Star's Female Athlete of the Year, also qualified for the finals of the 100-meter hurdles. She finished third in her heat at 15.55 seconds and fifth overall. The finals are at 8:15 this morning. Mahlmeister will also compete in the long jump today.
In the open men's javelin, Oneonta's Charles Morris finished fourth with a throw of 171-3. He narrowly missed out on a medal as third-place finisher Peter Godios of Amherst threw 172-11.
Recent Unatego graduate Cody Dill and Walton senior-to-be Cody Reed went a combined 7-0 at Binghamton University to advance to today's gold-medal round.
Dill went 4-0 to win his pool in the open freestyle 119-pound division. Included in Dill's victories was a win over Rocky Point's Darren Goldstein, who has the most medals in Empire State Games history, regardless of sport.
"It's one of the best tournaments I've seen (Dill) wrestle," said Central Region coach Andy Hadlock, who served as an assistant coach at Unatego during the high school season. "He was setting up his shots well and finishing his shots. He wrestled smart. He was just in control of every match."
Dill, a Section Four Division II champion as a junior in 2007 and a sectional finalist this past season, also defeated Carlos Soto, who wrestled for Oneonta State this past season. The scoring system goes by periods, with a wrestler needing to win two out of three periods, or score a pin to win a match. All four of Dill's matches went the minimum two periods.
Against Goldstein, Dill won the first period, 4-1, and led handily in the second period, when Goldstein suffered an injury that ended the match.
"It's really a feather in Cody's cap, because Goldstein has won the most medals in Empire State Games' history and I know the guy, and he's good," Hadlock said.
In his first match, Dill defeated fellow Central Region wrestler Elliot Saavedia, winning the first period, 3-1, and the second, 5-2.
He beat Soto, 7-1, 7-0.
Reed went 3-0 in the scholastic freestyle division at 192 pounds.
A Section Four Division II finalist this past year, Reed defeated Christopher Cuzzola, 7-0, 7-0, in his first match.
He won his second match by pin in the second period and his third match in two periods.
Today's opponents for Dill and Reed were not announced Thursday night.
Afton's Tamara Lewis won a silver medal in 35-44 age group, finishing a time trial at Chenango Valley State Park in 29:07.09. Lewis finished behind Chenango Forks' Marsha Kapinus, who crossed in 28:37.82 in the two-person division.
Bainbridge's Rick Bunting finished eighth out of nine participants in the 65-and-over division time trial. He crossed in 33:07.56.
In the 45-54 age-group time trial, Richfield Springs' Richard Trimble placed 14th in the 15-man division. He finished in 27:20.37.
John Saphier of Cooperstown was 18th out of 20 in the 55-64 time trial, finishing in 29:15.84.
Unadilla Valley graduate Zack Thomsen scored three points in Central's 97-84 open men's loss to Hudson Valley at BU's Events Center.
Oneonta High's Alex Mirabito, who'll enter his senior year in the fall, plays for Central's scholastic team. It played Hudson Valley at 10 a.m. Thursday, but results from that game were not posted on the Empire State Games' website.
The Central scholastic team lost, 3-1, to Long Island at Vestal High.
Sidney's Kim Young is on Central's roster.