Section 5’s top indoor track and field athletes performed well at the state championships on Saturday at Cornell University’s Barton Hall.
Canandaigua’s Christine Lyttle took second place in the 55-meter hurdles in public schools and fifth in all of the state. Teammate Sam Harding took fourth in the pole vault in public schools and fifth in the state.
Both performances are the best individual boys and girls finishes in school history.
Lyttle ran a time of 8.36 in the finals, a new school record.
“It was a great end to the season for me,” Lyttle said. “My goal time for the whole season was 8.3 and I was happy I could finally get that in my last chance ever.”
Harding tied his school record jump of 14 feet and 6 inches. The senior finished just 6 inches shy of the state champion, Shaker’s James Steck.
“I really feel fantastic,” Harding said. “I don’t think there’s much I could’ve done in order to improve on the performance I had today.”
Marcus Whitman’s Rebekah Champlin finished fourth in the 1,500 race walk in public schools and fifth in the state (7:12.18). The senior has been recovering from a stress fracture in her foot.
“For me it was really a miracle just because I was seeded ninth,” Champlin said. “I have been struggling with a stress fracture for about a year. I just didn’t think I could place as well as I did last year. It was really a blessing to be able to finish at such a high point.”
Aquinas’ 4x400 relay team of Isaac Darling, Ben Drexler, Khris Greggs and Josh Hanna finished fourth in the 4x400 relay (3:29.65).
Fairport’s Amanda Burkey finished second in the high jump (5-6).
Gates-Chili’s Charlene Kearns finished third in the pole vault (11-6).
Greece Athena’s Brian Smith finished third in the 55 (6.48) and fourth in the 300 (34.84). Teammate Keith Pease placed fourth in the 1,600 (4:18.16).
Greece Odyssey’s Victoire Kothor finished fifth in the shot put (40-5).
Greece Olympia’s Desmond Mobley won a state championship in the long jump with a leap of 23-5.75 and finished seventh in the high jump (6-4). Teammate Carnell Noble finished eighth in the 55 (7.83).
Honeoye Falls-Lima’s Sydney Kurtic finished seventh in the shot put (38-4.75).
Irondequoit’s Ryan Cribbin finished seventh in the shot put (53-1.5).
Marion’s Mackenzie Sturtz finished fourth in the high jump (5-6).
McQuaid Jesuit’s 4x800 relay team of Michael Sullivan, A.J. Stuver, Nate Howe and Austin Peters finished eighth (8:04.46).
Penfield’s Katie Lembo finished second in the 3,000 (10:02.19). Teammate Melissa Tylock finished fourth in the race walk (7:11.77).
Rush-Henrietta’s Mickey Burke finished third in the 3,200 (9:20.93). Teammate Ceara Watson placed fourth in the 600 (1:35.58), and the Royal Comets’ 4x800 relay team of Emma Jones, Watson, Alex Cooper and Alana MacDonald finished third (9:24.47).
Page 2 of 2 - Spencerport’s Madeline Kopp finished second in the 300 (39.64). Teammate Eric Zemaitis finished eighth in the long jump (21-4).
Webster Thomas’ Eileen O’Hara grabbed third place in the 1,500 (4:39.98).
The boys intersectional medley relay team of Victor’s George Mertens, Marion’s Jared Gonzalez, Penfield’s Derek Swarthout and Gananda’s Bobby Cooper finished 10th (9:14.98).
The girls intersectional medley relay team of Churchville-Chili’s Karli O’Neil, Canandaigua’s Jessica Colmerauer, Williamson’s Cassidy Bishop and Brockport’s Autumn Albrecht finished sixth (10:36.71).