Five Canandaigua and two Victor athletes will represent their schools and Section 5 at the New York State Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The competition takes place today and Saturday at Middletown High School.
Canandaigua is sending seniors Sam Harding, Jessica Colmerauer and Christine Lyttle; junior Julia Gleason; and freshman Kellee Washburn. Victor is sending junior Steevie Hill and sophomore Christian Johnson.
Washburn, Colmerauer, Gleason and Lyttle are going as a 4x100-meter relay team. The four broke a Canandaigua school record that had stood since 2005 with a time of 48.83 and took first at Section 5’s Meet of Champions last week. Their previous best time was 50.37.
“We’ve definitely been eyeing (the record) all year long,” Colmerauer said. “The weather wasn’t cooperating for us at a lot of the meets, but at state quals it was conducive for us to beat the record and we crushed it.”
It’ll be the first time at a state meet for Washburn and Gleason. Colmerauer went for the intersectional medley relay for indoor this year. Canandaigua track coach Arlene DeVinney believes it’s the first time the school has sent a 4x100 team to states.
Lyttle is making her fourth appearance at a state track meet — two for indoor and two for outdoor. The senior ran a 100 hurdles time of 14.98 to take first at the meet of champions and break her own school record.
“I think I’ve been ready to break 15 for a while, but I finally did it,” said Lyttle, who agreed that rough weather this spring held her back.
At indoor track states, Lyttle took second place in the 55-meter hurdles in public schools and fifth in all of the state. She’s hoping to get back on the podium again.
Harding is also making his fourth state track appearance. The senior cleared 14 feet, 7 inches at the meet of champions to win the event. The distance also broke his own school record by an inch. Harding said he was close to getting over the bar at 15 feet.
At indoor states, the senior finished fourth in public schools and fifth in the states.
“I’d like to clear 15 feet,” he said. “The club I attend in Warsaw has a club record of 15-2 or 15-1. If I clear 15-3, I’ll take that record."
Hill and Johnson are making their first state appearances in the discus for the Blue Devils.
Hill placed second at the meet of champions with a throw of 117-6. The junior’s previous best was 105-7. She also broke the school record of 115-4, which stood since 1999.
“I think I was seeded fifth, and I didn’t think I had a chance of going to states,” she said. “I wasn’t thinking about how well I was going to do. I wasn’t all nervous, I was just really relaxed. Being relaxed helped me not freak out.”
Page 2 of 2 - Johnson took first at the meet of champions with a throw of 137-9. His personal best this season was 144-0.
“It’s definitely an amazing feeling because I’m a sophomore and I wasn’t expecting to go,” Johnson said. “Going into the state qualifier meet, I didn’t expect to win it.”
Victor throwing coach Ryan Horst said it’ll be good experience for the two throwers, since neither is a senior and they’ll have nothing to lose.
Also representing Section 5 are Marion’s Brandon VanderBrook (100 and 200), Ian Gillens (shot put and discus) and Mackenzie Sturtz (high jump); Newark’s Joe Verkey (discus); and Harley-Allendale Columbia’s Isabel Hirtelen-Booker (100 hurdles).