OHS squads take 4th; Matthews wins two

JARED BOMBA | The Daily Star Sidney’s Liam Matthews clears the final hurdle on the way to winning the 400-meter hurdles Wednesday at Oneonta High School.

The Oneonta boys and girls teams led local participants in Wednesday’s Section IV Class C Championships by each finishing in fourth place.

Trumansburg won the boys team title with 109 points, while the Yellowjackets totaled 52.5. Sidney, bolstered by 29 points from Liam Matthews, took sixth with 44 points, while Harpursville-Afton took 10th with 21.

Matthews’ 29 points were the most by any competitor. He tallied 20 of those points in the hurdles, winning both the 110- and 400-meter editions.

In the 110 hurdles, he clocked a season-best time of 15.34 to win by 1.73 seconds. He was equally dominant in the 400, bettering his season best by more than three seconds to win in 59.17. He was the only competitor to break one minute.

Matthews went on to tie for second in the pole vault, clearing a height of 11-6, and take fifth in the long jump with a leap of 20-1.

Bradley Morell also won a pair of events, claiming both of the throws for Oneonta by wide margins. In the discus, Morell’s distance of 162-7 was good for first place by more than 42 feet. Sidney’s Kevin McEwan was also in the points, taking fourth at 115-11.

In the shot put, Morell posted a distance of 48-5, winning by almost six feet over McEwan in second (42-7).

Paul Zimmer also earned an individual victory for Oneonta, pulling away from the field and beating his personal best with a time of 4:34.78. Teammate John Hendley was fifth in 4:49.98, while Sidney’s Noah Artis took sixth in 4:54.67.

Two other local athletes earned second-place finishes. Oneonta’s Ardell Wellman sprinted to a time of 23.66 in the 200, missing first by two tenths of a second. In the 400, Harpursville-Afton’s Dawson Williams took second in 51.85, while Oneonta’s Kyle Rowe was third in 52.75.

On the girls side, Lansing won the team title with 110 points, while Oneonta totaled 51. Harpursville-Afton was 10th with 13 points and Sidney was 11th with 12.

Morgan Jipson earned the lone victory for the host Yellowjackets, marking a distance of 17-3.5 to better her season best by a foot and win by more than nine inches. Jipson also took fifth in the triple jump with a distance of 33-9, while teammate Miriam Fonjweng was sixth at 33-0.

Lindsey Frederick was the only other local athlete to reach the top of the podium, winning the shot put with a distance of 33-10. Oneonta’s Gabriella Ragozzine was fifth with a distance of 28-7.5.

Ragozzine overtook Frederick in the discus, taking second at 87-1. Frederick was fifth at 83-4.

Olivia O’Donnell also earned a second-place finish for Oneonta, finishing the 800 in 2:28.38. Harpursville-Afton’s Morgan Fleming was sixth in 2:34.26.

Yuliah Johnson earned a pair of top-five finishes in the sprints. In the 100, she tied for third with a time of 13.18, and in the 200, she came out of the penultimate heat to take fifth in 28.34.

Oneonta’s Erin Stalder was fourth in the 400 with a time of 1:03.47, and Yellowjacket Maddie Hansen was fifth in the high jump at 4-8 to round out local top-five performances.


Unatego won its third straight Section IV Class D title behind four individual wins by Jacob Haqq on Wednesday at Marathon.

The Spartans totaled 81 points, 15 ahead of second-place Odessa-Montour with 66. Walton (62), Delhi (48.33) and Bainbridge-Guilford (46.33) rounded out the top five.

Haqq swept the sprints for two of his wins. In the 100, his time of 11.56 edged South Kortright’s Michael Premura-Milton (11.64) in second, and B-G’s Nick Petrutoni (11.74) in third.

In the 200, those three filled the same slots as Haqq took first in 23.17. Premura-Milton finished in 23.30 and Petrutoni clocked a time of 23.98 to take third.

Haqq bested Petrutoni again in the long jump, marking a distance of 21-5 to take first. Petrutoni was second at 20-7, and B-G’s Gavin Farrell was fourth at 19-1.5.

Haqq’s fourth victory came in the triple jump with a distance of 42-6.75. B-G’s Eian Hall (second, 41-0.25) and Farrell (third, 39-10) filled the next two spots.

Aidan Cutting also won a pair of events for Unatego. In the 3,200, Cutting finished in 10:18.19 to win by more than 21 seconds. Delhi’s Ty Saleman was second and Franklin’s Tyler Gregory was third.

Cutting took first again in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, clocking a time of 10:04.44 to beat Delhi’s Diego Aguirre (second, 10:30.42) and Unatego’s Zach Craft (third, 11:27.20).

Cutting was second in the 1,600, finishing in 4:31.97, and Unadilla Valley’s Josh Nogaret was third in 4:39.93. They were bested only by Walton’s Isaac Vesterfelt, who clocked a winning time of 4:31.77 to edge Cutting by two tenths of a second.

Vesterfelt’s was the only individual victory for third-placed Walton, though Morgan Condon earned a pair of top-three finishes in the hurdle events. In the 110, Condon took second in 59.32, while the 110 saw him take third in 16.29.

Walton also won the 400 and 1,600 relays in 46.21 and 3:35.81, respectively.

Premura-Milton did earn an individual victory, winning the 400 in 52.03. UV’s Ben Avolio took second (52.38) and Walton’s Jose Mirabal was third (53.28).

Nogaret also tallied a first-place finish along with his third in the 1,600, taking the 800 in 2:04.25. Vesterfelt was just behind Nogaret in 2:04.35, and Delhi’s Jonathon Hadley was third in 2:05.36.

Schenevus/Worcester’s Josh Wayman continued to dominate the local high-jump scene, taking first place at 6-2, winning by four inches. Downsville’s Logan Cicio was third at 5-8.

Alex Cronkhite rounded out local wins in the pole vault, clearing 12-6 to win by six inches. Teammate Ryan Burr was second with a height of 12-0, 18 inches higher than Odessa-Montour’s Andy Hartford in third.

Stamford’s Daniel Olson was second in the shot put at 43-5, just ahead of GMU’s Jacob Walling in third (41-2).

In the discus, Walling paced local finishers with a distance of 128-9. Franklin’s Cole Ruff was third at 119-7, and teammate Chris Kuntz was fourth at 118-11.

In the girls meet, Delhi totaled 83 points to come up three points short of winners Odessa-Montour (86). B-G was third (49.5), CV-S took fourth (43) and Downsville was fifth (37).

Lindsey Wright led the Bulldogs in the field, winning the discus with a throw of 97-9. CV-S’ Miranda Mabie was second at 83-7, and Downsville’s Alisha Trautschold took third at 81-1.

Wright also took second in the shot put with a distance of 34-0. UV’s Molly Avolio won by four inches with a throw of 34-4, and Meghan Saggese of Laurens was third at 31-4.5.

In the pole vault, Delhi’s Aolani McCarthy was second, clearing 8-0.

Jillian Lees paced Delhi on the track, winning the 800 with a time of 1:01.69. Cella Schnabel took second in the steeplechase for the Bulldogs, clocking a time of 8:03.00, just ahead of teammate Camille Mueller in third at 8:24.92. Deposit-Hancock’s Kelsey Young won in 7:55.77.

Schnabel third in the 1,500 and fourth in the 3,000, both of which were won by B-G seventh-grader Ethne Degan. Degan clocked a time of 4:57.51 to win the 1,500 by more than 12 seconds, and finished the 3,000 in 10:49.84 to win by almost 30 seconds. Young was second in 11:18.66 and Delhi’s Autumn Dorr was third in 11:26.09, just ahead of Schnabel in fourth.

Erica Selfridge took second in the triple with a distance of 33-5.25, the first of two second-place finishes.

Unatego’s Jade Foster won the 200, clocking a time of 26.36, ahead of Selfirdge in second (27.34). In the long jump, Foster won with a leap of 16-3.

Mariah Saggese of Laurens won the high jump, clearing a height of 4-10. Stamford’s Melanie Hoyt was third at 4-8.


Section IV Class C Meet

at Oneonta

Wednesday’s meet

Top local finishers

Boys: 1, Trumansburg 109; 4, Oneonta 52.5; 6, Sidney 44; 9, Harpursville-Afton 21.

100 meters: 8, Seth Foster (HA) 11.97.

200: 2, Ardell Wellman (O) 23.66.

400: 2, Dawson Williams (HA) 51.85.

800: 11, Jack Gustafson (O) 2:18.47.

1,600: 1, Paul Zimmer (O) 4:34.78.

3,200: 7, Elijah Baciuska (HA) 10:56.47.

110 hurdles: 1, Liam Matthews (S) 15.34.

400 hurdles: 1, Liam Matthews (S) 59.17.

3,000 steeplechase: 7, Brandon Hoover (HA) 11:44.33.

400 relay: 4, Oneonta 46.50.

1,600 relay: 2, Harpursville-Afton 3:35.45.

3,200 relay: 6, Sidney 10:07.00.

High jump: T11, Jonathan McNamara (S) 5-9.

Long jump: 5, Liam Matthews (S) 20-1.

Triple jump: 10, Lance Maben (O) 36-11.

Shot put: 1, Bradley Morell (O) 48-5.

Discus: 1, Bradley Morell (O) 162-7.

Pole vault: T2, Liam Matthews (S) 11-6.

Girls: 1, Lansing 110; T4, Oneonta 51; 10, Harpursville-Afton 13; 11, Sidney 12.

100 meters: T3, Yuliah Johnson (O) 13.18.

200: 5, Yuliah Johnson (O) 28.34.

400: 4, Erin Stalder (O) 1:03.47.

800: 2, Olivia O’Donnell (O) 2:28.38.

1,500: 6, Autumn Nealis (O) 5:29.94.

3,000: 12, Ting Poon (O) 13:11.52.

400 hurdles: 7, Naomi Cook (O) 1:18.84.

1,600 relay: 3, Oneonta 4:24.85.

High jump: 5, Maddie Hansen (O) 4-8.

Long jump: 1, Morgan Jipson (O) 17-3.75.

Triple jump: 5, Morgan Jipson (O) 33-9.

Shot put: 1, Lindsey Frederick (S) 33-10.

Discus: 2, Gabriella Ragozzine (O) 87-1.

Pole vault: T8, Annalise Grant (O) 7-0.

Section IV Class D Meet

at Marathon

Wednesday’s meet

Top Local Finisher

Boys scores: 1, Unatego 81; 3, Walton 62; 4, Delhi 48.33; 5, B-G 46.33; 7, Unadilla Valley 34; T-8, South Kortright & CV-S 29; 10, Franklin 25; 11, G-MU 19; 14, Schenevus/Worcester 11; T-16, Stamford & Downsville 8; 18, Laurens 5; T-22, Richfield Springs 1.

100 meters: 1, Jacob Haqq (U) 11.56.

200: 1, Jacob Haqq (U) 23.17.

400: 1, Michael Premura-Milton (SK) 52.03.

800: 1, Josh Nogaret (UV) 2:04.25.

1,600: 1, Isaac Vesterfelt (W) 4:31.77.

3,200: 1, Aidan Cutting (U) 10:18.19.

110 hurdles: 3, Morgan Condon (W) 16.29.

400 hurdles: 2, Morgan Condon (W) 59.32.

Steeplechase: 1, Aidan Cutting (U) 10:04.44.

400 relay: 1, Walton 46.21.

1,600 relay: 1, Walton 3:35.81.

3,200 relay: 1, Delhi 8:33.39.

High jump: 1, Josh Wayman (S/W) 6-2.

Long jump: 1, Jacob Haqq (U) 21-5.

Triple jump: 1, Jacob Haqq (U) 42-6.75.

Shot put: 2, Daniel Olson (S) 43-5.

Discus: 2, Jacob Walling (G-MU) 128-9.

Pole vault: 1, Alex Cronkhite (C) 12-6.

Girls scores: 1, Odessa-Montour 86; 2, Delhi 83; 3, B-G 49.5; 4, CV-S 43; 5, Downsville 37; 6, Unatego 36; 11, Unadilla Valley 19; 12, Laurens 17; T-17, Stamford 8; 20, Franklin 4; 22, South Kortright 1.5.

100 meters: 4, Dana Stepp (U) 13.27.

200: 1, Jade Foster (U) 26.36.

400: 1, Emily Brown (Do) 1:01.69.

800: 1, Jillian Lees (De) 2:26.23.

1,500: 1, Ethne Degan (B-G) 4:57.51.

3,000: 1, Ethne Degen (B-G) 10:49.84.

100 hurdles: 2, Rebecca Phillips (CV-S) 17.12.

400 relay: 2, Unatego 52.73.

Steeplechase: 2, Cella Schnabel (D) 8:03.00.

1,600 relay: 2, Cherry Valley-Springfield 4:32.47.

3,200 relay: 1, Delhi 10:49.52.

High jump: 1, Mariah Saggese (L) 4-10.

Long jump: 1, Jade Foster (U) 16-3.

Triple jump: 2, Erica Selfridge (B-G) 33-5.25.

Shot put: 1, Molly Avolio (UV) 34-4.

Discus: 1, Lindsey Wright (D) 97-9.

Pole vault: 2, Aolani McCarthy (D) 8-0.

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