Riders show well at Colonial track championships

KINDERHOOK–Last week the boys and girls Ichabod Crane track teams competed in the Colonial Council Track Championships held at their home track, and while neither team brought home a team title, both showed well at the event. The boys’ team scored 98 points, good for third place on their side behind Fonda-Fultonville and Albany Academy. The girls’ side scored 48.25 points, putting them in 6th place overall.

The Rider boys had 19 scorers in the 18-event field, scoring in 13 different events. Gavin Clark-Gartner was one of three Riders to take a first place at the meet, claiming the 400-meter hurdle title, beating his nearest competitor by over 3 seconds. Isaiah Turek had the other individual win for the Riders taking home the high jump as he cleared 6’2″ on his first attempt. The other ICC win on the day came in the 4×400 meter relay as the team of Clark-Gartner, Ian Cooke, Spencer Johnston and Mark Korycinski pulled out a close race.

Clark-Gartner while being part of two first-place finishes also scored with a third in the 110-meter hurdles, while Turek came through impressively for ICC finishing second in the long jump, second in the 110-meter hurdles and third in the 200 meters. Johnston and Cooke who were a part of the 4×400 relay team also pointed in the 400 meters, finishing fifth and sixth, while Korycinski added points with a fourth place finish in the 1600 meters. Matthew Farragher scored in two events for ICC earning points with a third place finish in the 400-meter hurdles and third place in the 3000 steeplechase.

Devyn Fernandez and Andrew Becker went fifth and sixth in the 3200 meter race, Joe Kaiser was the third scorer for ICC finishing in fifth place in the 400 hurdles, Luykas VanAlstyne finished fifth in the 3000 steeplechase and Austin Hover brought home fifth in the triple jump to round out the individual scorers for the Riders. Ichabod Crane’s top relay teams finished fifth in the 4×100 and second in the 4×800.

For the girls, the points were dominated by just a few athletes. Jenn Receveur won the pole vault, clearing 10’9″, over a foot more than the second place finisher. Receveur also brought home points with third place finishes in the 100-meter hurdles and the long jump. Mikela Freeman also scored in three events for the Riders, bringing home a tie for third place in the high jump, fourth place in the 1500 meters and fifth place in the 800 meters. Sarah Barie finished fourth in the 100 meter race and fifth in the 200 meters.

Alexa Baker added a fifth place finish in the 400 meter hurdles, while Sarah Dempsey added a fifth in the 2000 meter steeplechase. The 4×800 relay team added a third place finish, while the 4×400 team finished in sixth.

Both teams and individual athletes now gear up for sectionals. The Class BB boys and girls sectionals were scheduled for Thursday at Johnstown.

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