NY State Meet Coverage: Garden City 4x800 and Jordan Yamoah break NY State records

A complete winners table with photos and over 2000 pictures are in the galleries. Check out the field event pictures which are probably the deepest we've ever had.

Gallery 1 by Tim Fulton

Gallery 2 by Jacob Bergmeier (full gallery to come)-

Friday Highlights

Complete Boys Results

Complete Girls Results

427 National Elites

30 Videos Posted - Over 20 video interviews and 15 event videos

Garden City wins epic 4x8: State record and three teams under 8:51

The talk all day was about the 4x800m. Sure the fields were loaded but for some reason the state meet never seemed to measure up to the seed times or the hype.

This year for the first time the 800m was run as a Federation final on Friday, meaning that the 800m runners did not have to race again on Saturday as usual. That opened up a spot in the order of events for the 1500/1600m runs on Saturday in the morning, which would give some runners more rest for the 4x800m. If that wasn't enough Mother Nature provided some extra rest and relief from the heat in the form of passing thunderstorms. What resulted was a perfect storm of events that combined to leave organizers asking why they hadn't done this years ago.

Garden City pulled out an amazing win over arguably the two most decorated distance schools in the history of high school girls track and cross country. Their winning time of 8:49.88 broke the old state record of 8:50.41 set by the legendary Boys and Girls team in 2002 at The Penn Relays.

Fayetteville-Manlius was 2nd in 8:50.56 and Saratoga Springs was 3rd in 8:50.70. Garden City's time is the 2nd best time in US history while FM and 'Toga now rank #4 and #5 all time.

Menges and Brianne Bellon of Saratoga took the stick together but Menges came out of the zone in first and FM's anchor quickly got back into the mix. All three anchors had to run under 2:08.5.

FULL 4X800M RELAY RESULTS - 10 TEAMS UNDER 9:12

Official Splits (from LeoneTiming)

GARDEN CITY SPLITS

1- Taylor Hennig - 2:17.78

2 - Katie O'Neill - 2:13.21

3 - Emma Gallagher -2:11.05

4 - Emily Menges - 2:07.86

FM:
2:17.04
2:12.09
2:13.52
2:07.93
Saratoga:
2:13.04
2:14.80
2:14.30
2:08.57
Boys 4x800
Liverpool:
1:59.05
1:57.12
1:51.49
1:51.14
Mike Quercia anchoring Marcellus: 1:49.74
Warwick:
1:56.19
1:55.48
1:54.67
1:56.64


FRIDAY HIGHLIGHTS

Top 7 Events From Day One of the NYSPHSAA Track and Field Championships

7. Newburgh outduals Monroe-Woodbury in the 4x400m, breaking the meet record with their 3:13.96 time. Monroe ran 3:14.56 for 2nd. Both teams are now ranked in the top 8 All Time in NY State History. CLICK HERE FOR LIST.
6. Melissa Kurzdorfer (Lancaster) throws a NYS #1, US #6 162-08 to earn some redemption over rival and shot put winner Vanessa Stewart (North Babylon).
5. 7th seeded Kim McKay (Kellenberg) pulls a huge upset to win the girls 800m run in 2:07.75 - a NYS #1 , US #5 time and a nearly 5 second PR.
4. Otis Ubriaco (Burnt Hills) surges by in the final inches of the boys 3200m run to snatch the victory from Chad Noelle (Greene), 9:04.75 to 9:04.77 in a NYS #1 time.
3. Brandon Hutchinson (Bay Shore) out duels Justin Williams (Longwood) in the boys triple jump as both fly to top 15 US rankings with 50-02.50 and 50-00.00 respectively.
2. Brycen Spratling (Webster Schroeder) wins the state 400m in his first track season ever, running a near meet record 46.81 for the US #4 time this year.
1. Junior Jordan Yamoah (Arlington) breaks Joel Carusonee's (Guilderland) 1999 state record of 16-5 in the pole vault with a clearance of 16 ft. 6in.
all photos by Tim Fulton and Jacob Bergmeier

All Time NYS 4x400m Relay Times

3:11.6+ - White Plains - 1966
3:12.27 - Newburgh - 2003
3:12.9+ - Boys - 1971
3:13.54 - Transit Tech - 2001
3:13.7+ - Andrew Jackson - 1966
3:13.8+ - Mt. Vernon - 1976
3:13.91 - Monroe Woodbury - 2010 (State Qualifier)
3:13.96 - Newburgh - 2010 - (NY State Champs)

+ = 4x400 yards converted down to 4x400m relay

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