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Plattsburgh's Claire Deshaies (from right), Seton Catholic's Ashley Leta and Beekmantown's Kallie Villemaire compete in the girls' 600-meter run, placing first, third and second in the event.
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Sisters Ashlee (right) and Kaylia Carper take first and second place, respectively, in the 55-meter hurdles for Plattsburgh. (Gabe Dickens/P-R Photo)

Deshaies, Carpers lead PHS girls to Sect. VII victory


PLATTSBURGH — The Plattsburgh High girls’ indoor track and field team found itself in a battle with Beekmantown and Saranac all season long.

But when it mattered most, Saturday belonged to the Hornets.

Plattsburgh High collected three event wins to total 155 points, claiming the Section VII championship at the Plattsburgh State Field House.

“To us, it’s very important,” Hornets co-coach Vern Harrison said. “A lot of the girls were working hard all season to get to this point, and it’s just good to see all that hard work pay off.”

The Hornets had a plethora of athletes participate in multiple events, making the five-hour event a marathon in itself.

“All the meets are all the schools, so you move people around and you find what they’re comfortable with,” Plattsburgh High co-coach Adam Mehan said. “A lot of the harder work (Saturday) was our distance team, really. We needed them to step up, and we had to find people and plug them into events that they’re not accustomed to doing. It was an impressive performance from our mid-distance and our distance team, especially because those races are kind of clumped together.”

Picking up 26 points for the Hornets was Claire Deshaies. Deshaies was a victor in the 600-meter run before finishing second in the 55-meter dash and 300-meter dash.

“I was pleased with my performance in the 600-meter run,” Deshaies said. “I started track in my eighth-grade year, and then I did cross country, so I think the 600 is a nice blend of both.”

Deshaies’ teammates, Ashlee Carper and Kaylia Carper, were impact athletes for both Harrison and Mehan.

Ashlee Carper took the win in the 55-meter hurdles, while her twin sister earned first-place honors in the triple jump.

The Eagles finished second, recording 121 points, while Saranac (84), Ticonderoga (48) and Seton Catholic (38) completed the top five. Moriah (30), Peru (28), AuSable Valley (11) and Westport (0) completed the running order.

Other Beekmantown event winners include Kirsten Villemaire, Lindsey Gonyea, Elisabeth Plympton, Kimberlin Ratliff, Tristen Reid, Courtney Wilson and Kallie Villemaire.

Saranac’s Lexi Blockson, Elysha O’Connell, Abby Cerne and Victoria Yip won the 3,200-meter relay, while O’Connell took the 3,000-meter run and Meaghann Wood was a winner in the shot put.

Halie Snyder (Moriah), Margaret Champagne (Seton Catholic) and Lillith Ida (Ticonderoga) also earned first-place honors.

Athletes will get six days off before returning to the Field House for the Section VII state qualifier meet.

“A lot of them will rest (today) and be light on Monday, but they’ll get into event-specific training,” Harrison said. “It will be some hard work. They’ll have to maintain focus on what they’re doing.”

Mehan believes his squad should be at its peak after Saturday’s team win.

“Next week is just going to be a cleanup of technical stuff,” Mehan said. “But right now, this is great for the girls. A lot of people stepped up and contributed throughout.”


Team scores

1, Plattsburgh High, 155. 2, Beekmantown, 121. 3, Saranac, 84. 4, Ticonderoga, 48. 5, Seton Catholic, 38. 6, Moriah, 30. 7, Peru, 28. 8, AuSable Valley, 11. 9, Westport, 0.


3200 relay- 1, Saranac (Blockson, O’Connell, Cerne, Yip), 11:24.0. 2, Beekmantown, 11:31.8. 3, Plattsburgh High, 11:33.4.

55 hurdles- 1, A. Carper (PHS), 9.1. 2, K. Carper (PHS), 9.6. 3, Ida (TCS), 9.9.

55- 1, Snyder (MCS), 7.3. 2, Deshaies (PHS), 7.4. 3, Plympton (BCS), 7.5.

1500- 1, Champagne (SC), 4:56.6. 2, Ki. Villemaire (BCS), 4:57.3. 3, Leta (SC), 5:17.0.

1000- 1, Ki. Villemaire (BCS), 3:11.5. 2, Champagne (SC), 3:12.3. 3, Kelley (PHS), 3:34.5.

640 relay- 1, Beekmantown (Gonyea, Plympton, Ratliff, Reid), 1:32.8. 2, Ticonderoga, 1:33.1. 3, Plattsburgh High, 1:36.2.

600- 1, Deshaies (PHS), 1:44.8. 2, Ka. Villemaire (BCS), 1:46.9. 3, Leta (SC), 1:47.2.

300- 1, Snyder (MCS), 42.0. 2, Deshaies (PHS), 43.3. 3, Frechette (BCS), 45.7.

3000- 1, O’Connell (SCS), 11:35.9. 2, DeJordy (SC), 12:03.4. 3, Clemons (PCS), 12:23.8.

1600 relay- 1, Beekmantown (Gonyea, Wilson, Ka. Villemaire, Ki. Villemaire), 4:36.1. 2, Peru, 4:50.7. 3, Saranac, 5:00.3.

High jump- 1, Ida (TCS), 4’10”. 2, Frechette (BCS), 4’08”. 3, Estes (AVCS), 4’06”.

Long jump- 1, Snyder (MCS), 17’06.25”. 2, K. Carper (PHS), 17’04.75”. 3, Knight (PHS), 16’00.5”.

Triple jump- 1, K. Carper (PHS), 35’09”. 2, Knight (PHS), 35’06.75”. 3, Wilson (BCS), 32’06”.

Shot put- 1, Wood (SCS), 33’08.25”. 2, Bushey (PHS), 27’05.75”. 3, LaValley (BCS), 27’05.5”.

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