1/04 - NAC Meet #2 - St. Lawrence University
Indian River senior Geneen Dore staked her claim to a top state ranking when she obliterated the field at the NAC Meet in upstate New York. She blistered a 7.2 55m dash win, crossing the line 3/10ths ahead of 2nd placer (and 9th grader) Kyla Kenyon of Tupper Lake. Dore's mark, although hand timed, places her well within striking distance of the state leaders and in some heady company midway through this indoor season.
1/05 - Southern Tier Classic - Cornell U.
Soph star Melissa Kurzdorfer doubles up, winning both the shot and weight throw with impressive marks in both. Although not quite topping her national sophomore class record set the week before, Kurzdorfer's 15.10m throw was nearly double that of her closest competitor. She followed this up with a winning throw of 42-07.50 in the shot to easily outdistance second place. The 10th grade phenom is currently 3rd on the indoor national list in the weight throw, led only by 2 upper classmen from out of state.
Long Islander Maddie Adams made the long trip upstate from Garden City, dominating the girls 1500m race with a winning time of 4:45.97, breaking the tape nearly 20 seconds ahead of second placer Katie Dickman.
Andy Kahl of Cicero North Syracuse equalled his state-leading mark of 6-08.00 (2.03m) in the boys high jump for the second time this season, and currently sits atop the state leaderboard by 3 inches over Jordan Addison.
A.J. Johnson launched himself onto the leadboard this week, as the previously unheralded senior from Corning, NY lept 23-00.00 (7.01m) to go from unranked to state leader by nearly half a foot.
Gregory Manning out of the 2nd heat mananged to pound out a respectable 1:24.36 600, which is NY #1 on a flat track and one of the best flat track times in the US thus far.
1/05 - Section 2 League Meets - Union College
Deemed the unofficial heartland of girls distance running, Section 2's reputation for distance running excellence was certainly on show this week as cross country stars Sam Roecker, Meaghan Gregory, Hannah Davidson and Caitlin Lane toed the line in their respective events, some for the first time since the cross country season ended. Davidson made a solo run of it in her heat of the 1000m run, winning going away in 2:57.2 in a field stacked to the brim with other burgeoning Saratoga stars. Teammate Cassie Goutos doubled up, winning the 1500 meters event in 4:55.2 after placing third earlier in 3:08.0 behind 2 of her own teammates in the 1000m run.
For Burnt Hills, it was a bit of a coming out party, with many of their young stars racing for the first time since cross country season, and others matching up in fast-paced races for the first time this year. The girls 1000 meter race saw Greenwich star Caitlin Lane pull out the win over the tough Burnt Hills star Sam Roecker, 2:58.5. to 3:00.2, both times placing the girls well up on the state leaderboards. In her first track race since last spring, Burnt Hills junior Meaghan Gregory made an impressive debut, rocketing out from the gun and leading, wire to wire on her way to a 4:43.4 victory. After suffering a tough bout of mono midway through the cross country season, Gregory appears to be back on her feet and ready to rejoin teammate Sam Roecker at the head of NY distance running.