Eastern States produces some fine performances


New Rochelle, NY

While the Eastern States Championships have become more of a local meet it still serves a purpose.  It allows some athletes one more chance to qualify for states or nationals while also serving as a sharpening meet for those who have already secured their ticket to the championship meets.


One interesting race was the boys 4x400m relay.  Four Section 1 teams were trying to get the qualifying time of 3:23.34 and earn a trip to the state championships and four teams went home disapointed.  Roosevelt missed by .06 when they ran 3:23.40 for the win, Tappan Zee was on target threw three legs but feel down with 200m to go, White Plains dropped the stick with 100m left, and Suffern checked in late and had to run in the slower section.

The 4x800m was won by Somers, NY in 8:02.25.  The Tuskers had to hold off a hard charging Germantown Friends, PA team.  Somers anchor Albert Tunas, who'll be racing for Iona College next year, bore down and found a little more with a 1:57.9 anchor.


Germantown Friends did get a win on the day though as Gus McKenzie ran 6:13.48 to win.  Beacon, NY's Mike Debronsky was 2nd in 6:17.70.


Archbishop Molloy's Sean Collins was a double winner, taking both the 110m (14.68) and 400m hurdles (55.73).


Mt. St. Michael won the 4x200m in 1:29.98.  Lakeland/Panas, NY ran 3:30.78 in the 1600m SMR, the 3rd best time in NYS this season.


St. John the Baptist and Ursuline both had great day.  Victoria Lundin of SJB won the 200m in 25 while teammate Ryan Wooley took the 400m hurdles in 61.48.


Ursuline's Jackie McCarthy and Shanel Golding went 1-2 in the 800m with McCarthy winning in 2:16.81.  Teammate Kaitlin Mallinson was 2nd in the 400m in 56.05 as Wooly also won the open 400m in 56.02.  Ursuline then came back and won the 4x400 in 3:57.11.


Full Gallery to be posted Monday