Section 5 athletes grabbed an impressive amount of first-place finishes at the New York State Track and Field Championships at Middletown High School on Saturday.
Aquinas’ Josh Hanna, Greece Athena’s Brian Smith, Greece Olympia’s Desmond Mobley and 4x100 relay team, Honeoye Falls-Lima’s Hannah Cole, Penfield’s Katie Lembo, Rush-Henrietta’s Brennan Root, Spencerport’s Madeline Kopp, Webster Schroeder’s Valarie Palermo, and Webster Thomas’ Eileen O’Hara all finished first in either the state or their respective division.
Hanna won a Division 2 state championship in the 400-meter dash (49.51). Brian Smith won the overall championship in the 200 (21.36). Mobley won the overall championship in the long jump (24 feet, 9 inches) and tied for third in the high jump (6-6). Olympia’s 4x100 team of Mobley, Craig Hardgers, Ja’Marie Jefferson and Carnell Noble won the overall championship in 42.03. Lembo won the overall championship in the 3,000 (9:41.67) and finished fifth in the 1,500 (4:35.43) in Division 1. Cole won the Division 2 title in the 2,000 steeplechase (6:52.83) and finished third overall. Root won the overall championship in the 3,000 steeplechase (9:09.88). Kopp won an overall championship in the 400 (54.99) and finished ninth in the 100 (12.61). Palermo won an overall championship in the 2,000 steeplechase (6:43.78). O’Hara won an overall championship in the 1,500 (4:28.94) and finished sixth in the 3,000 (9:58.23).
Canandaigua’s Christine Lyttle finished third in Division 1 among public school athletes in the 100 hurdles (15.03) and ninth overall. Teammate Sam Harding took 15th in the pole vault with a jump of 13-6. The Braves’ 4x100 relay team of Lyttle, Kellee Washburn, Jessica Colmerauer and Julia Gleason placed 14th (49.71).
Victor’s Christian Johnson took 15th in the discus (145-10) and teammate Steevie Hill took 17th in the girls discus (110-7).
Greece Olympia’s boys won the team competition with 27 points.
Aquinas’ 4x400 relay team of Hanna, Khris Greggs, Ben Drexler and Isaac Darling finished 11th overall (3:22.30). Brighton’s Will Ronchetti finished ninth in the 3,200 (9:19.22). Brockport’s Denzel Knight finished eighth in the triple jump (45-5.5). Gates-Chili’s Korey Beasley finished fourth in Division 1 in the 100 (10.94) and fourth in the state championship heat (10.83). He also took ninth in the 200 (22.00). Greece Athena’s Keith Pease took fourth in Division 1 in the 1,600 (4:12.39). Harley-Allendale Columbia’s Isabel Hirtelen-Booker finished second in the 100 hurdles in Division 2 (14.73) and third overall in the state championship race (14.66). Hilton’s Tyler Ranke finished second in the state in the 3,000 steeplechase (9:14.93) and teammate Zoe Camillaci placed fourth in the pole vault (11-3). Honeoye Falls-Lima’s Sydney Kurtic finished third in Division 2 in the discus (126-9) and fourth in shot put (37-2.5). Marion’s Brandon VanderBrook took second in Division 2 in the 200 (22.26) and fourth in the 100 (10.97). Teammate Ian Gillens placed 26th in the shot put (46-10.75) and Mackenzie Sturtz tied for 12th in the high jump (5-2). Newark’s Joe Verkey placed 17th in the discus (145-3). Penfield’s Harper Stewart placed 14th in the pentathlon (2,631 points). Pittsford Sutherland’s Colby Bleier placed ninth in the 400 hurdles and teammate Davida Hawkes finished ninth in the triple jump (36-1.5). Rush-Henrietta’s Mickey Burke placed third in Division 1 in the 3,200 (9:02.13) and teammate Ceara Watson placed fifth in the 400. The Royal Comets’ boys 4x800 relay team of Burke, Root, Pat Shenal and Mikey Schantz took sixth (7:50.11) and the 4x100 team of Tyrone Burno, Josh Wray, Malcolm Fowler and Chancellor Harris finished eighth (42.96). Rush-Henrietta’s girls 4x800 team of Watson, Emma Jones, Alex Cooper and Alana MacDonald finished seventh (9:15.89) and the 4x100 team of Watson, Elvira Martinez, Kathleen Zimmer and Brianna Colello finished 17th (4:00.12).