Chatham boys win sectionals, other area athletes do well

CHATHAM–Days after capturing the Patroon Conference Track and Field title, the Chatham boys brought home the Class CC title on Saturday at Stillwater. The Panthers had 21 point-getters and earned four first place finishes. Chatham dominated the relays, bringing home first place in 4×100 (Raphael Joseph, Travis Overby, Billy Whitbeck and Sam Mackerer), 4×400 (Ryan Mackerer, John Mackerer, Travis Overby and Billy Whitbeck) and the 4×800 (Ross Wightman, Ian Allen, Ryan Mackerer and Ian Brokaw-Schillinger). Ross Wightman had the only individual win on the day, taking home the 3000 meter Steeplechase, with teammate Ian Allen taking home fourth.

Wightman’s day wasn’t over with just those two events, as he also pointed in two more, earning second in the 400 meter hurdles and a fourth place finish in the pole vault. Sam Mackerer added to his one relay win with a pair of third place finishes in the 100 meters and the 800 meters. Travis Overby added to his two relay wins with a fourth place finish in the 200 meters, while Billy Whitbeck added to his two relay wins with a fourth place in the 400 meters.

Jason Summers put together an impressive day as well finishing second in the 110 meter hurdles and high jump and third in both the long jump and the triple jump. Peter Howes pointed in two events, earning second place in both the shot put and the discus.

A number of athletes also picked up points in single events to help Chatham to the title, including Ethan Engel, with a sixth place in the 100, Gabe Franck with third in the 110 hurdles, Ian Allen with fourth in the Steeplechase, Brad Oram with sixth in the 1600, Tyler Rivera with sixth in the Pole Vault and Max Logonia with a third place finish in the Pentathlon.

The Chatham girls team finished in sixth place Saturday, with six scoring events. Jenelle Wallace brought home first place in the 100 hurdles and finished third in the 400 hurdles. Chatham relay teams in the 4×400 and 4×800 took sixth and fifth respectively. Liz Tucksmith added a fourth place finish in the discus.


Taconic Hills

The Titans of Taconic Hills also had solid showings on Saturday in the Class CC Sectionals in Stillwater. The Titan boys finished in sixth place, while the girls finished in seventh. On the boys side eight individual athletes pointed and two brought home wins. In the hotly contested 100 meter race Steven Essig took home first place, while Chris MacArthur won the Pentathlon. Garrett Simmons and Will Baker were the only Titans to point in two events, with Simmons finishing second in the 200 meters and sixth in the shot put and Baker bringing home fourth in the shot put and fifth in the discus. Ian Rasweiler finished third in the 400 meters, while Gage Arcuri finished fifth in the long jump.

Abbegail Nack and Bridgett Aliyah each pointed in two events for the Lady Titans, as Nack went for sixth place in both the 100 meters and the Long Jump, while Aliyah finished fifth in both the 400 hurdles and the high jump. Genetieve Bergeron finished third in the pole vault and Litteasha Johnson matched that result in the shot put. Nicole Hallenbeck finished fourth in the Pentathlon while the Titans 4×400 relay team finished fifth.



On Friday at Broadalbin-Perth Central Schools the Class B Sectionals were contested and the Hudson boys finished ninth and the girls went thirteenth. Kadeem Chung was the big point getter for the boys, winning third long jump, finishing second in the 100 meters and fifth in the 200 meters. Mohammed Ghani added a sixth place in the 200, while Patrack LaChance earned a fifth place finish in the 3000 meter Steeplechase. The Hudson relay team also brought home a fourth in the 4×100.

For the girls Hannah Jepson finished second in the 400 hurdles, Abigail Weinman finished fourth in the Pentathlon and Allie Bartolotta had a fifth place finish in the 1500 meter. The Lady Bluehawks’ 4×400 relay team had a sixth place finish.


Ichabod Crane

Last Thursday the Riders boys and girls competed in the Class B Sectionals at Knox Field at Johnstown High School. The boys finished in third place overall while the girls finished eighth. Isaiah Turek was the star of the day for the Riders bringing home a trio of first place finishes, capturing the long jump, triple jump and high jump crowns and adding in a third place finish in the 110 meter hurdles. Gavin Clark-Gartner also had a big day, scoring in three events, with a win in the 400 hurdles, a second place finish in the 110 hurdles and a fifth place finish in the 200 meters.

Mark Korycinski finished fifth in the 800 meters, while Ian Cooke (200 meters) and Matthew Farragher (400 hurdles) each added sixth place finishes. ICC also earned points with a third place finish in the 4×400 and fourth place in 4×800.

For the girls Alexa Baker finished second in the Pentathlon, while Mikela Freeman had a third in the 800 meters. Mariela Jacome finished fifth in the 400 meters and Sydney Sericolo rounded out the individual scorers with a sixth in the 400 hurdles. The 4×800 relay team finished in second while the 4×400 added a fourth.


New Lebanon

At Fort Plain in the Class C Sectionals New Lebanon brought home an eighth place finish for the boys, while the girls finished ninth. While the boys did not have any winners, they had some solid finishes, including Aaron Stall, who finished third in the 1600 meters, while Chris York came in fifth. Corey Houston had a fourth place finish in the 800 meters, while Connor Feather (3200 meter) and Dan Benson (400 hurdles) each added fifth place finishes. The boys 4×800 relay team added a third place finish while the 4×400 finished in fifth.

For the girls Demery Weeks scored twice, finishing fifth in the 400 and sixth in the 200 meters. In the Discus Jill Risko finished fourth and Eva Weeks finished fifth. Katarina Lichak added a sixth in the 800 meters while the 4×800 relay team finished third and the 4×400 team finished fifth.

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