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Beekmantown's Kallie Villemaire competes during last Friday's state qualifying track and field meet at AuSable Valley. Villemaire and her 400-meter relay team are returning to states after capturing the Div. II title a season ago. (P-R Photo/Rachel Moore)

Section VII gears up for state track and field meet

MIDDLETOWN — Many local athletes are competing in the weekend’s New York State Track and Field Championships begin today in Middletown.

Ticonderoga’s Jay Hebert is seeking his second straight Division II state title in the 110-meter hurdles and his first in the 400-meter relay. Hebert took the federation title in the 110-meter hurdles last year. A Federation race consists of the eight fastest runners regardless of school size or division.

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Hebert ran a 14.33 division time and a 14.41 federation time last year. He owns the Section VII 110-meter hurdles record at 14.07.

The Sentinals will send Marcus Moser, Justyn Granger, Coleman Granger, Shawn Silliman and Nikolas Theiss with Hebert to make up a four-man relay team to be decided at the meet. The team’s 45.54 qualifying time was good enough for the 14th seed of the event.

Saranac will send 11 athletes to the meet with Conner Christopherson participating in three events. His 15.24 110-meter hurdle time was good for a sixth seed, while his 57.24 placed him 10th in the 400-meter hurdles.

Christopherson may get a chance to run the 400 relay with teammates Dustin Durgan, Ty Tedford, Sabaan Ayub, Lance Hackett or Justin Liechty. The team is seeded fifth with a qualifying time of 3:26.69.

Ayub will also run the 200 meter and Tedford will try his speed in the 400-meter run.

Liechty and Hackett will also be on hand to run the 800 relay with teammates Sean Tyrell, Ben Strack, Nick Dormann or Zach Lepage.

Jeremy Bullis will be the Chiefs only hope in the discus as his 153 foot, 2 inch throw was good for a sixth-seed placement.

Beekmantown’s Nathan Foster will be on hand to run the 100-meter. He is seeded 19th with a time of 11.34.

Northeastern Clinton’s Rodney Grimshaw will run the 100-meter dash as a 24th seed (11.54) and follow that up with a seventh-seed placement in the long jump with a distance of 21 feet, 8 inches.

Ausable Valley’s Paul Ford will compete in the triple jump as an 11th seed (40-05) and the high jump in the 25th spot (6-02).

Garth Benway was able to qualify seventh in the shot put with his 49-11 toss for the Patriots.

Plattsburgh will be represented by Jeriqho Gadway, who is the 30th seed in the 1,600 (4:29.44), and Hakim Bouzidane, who is running the pentathlon and is the 24th seed.

Seton Catholic will have some distance runners in the field with Evan Page ranked 27th (9:50.52) in the 3,200-meter and Mitchell Ryan grabbing the No. 15 spot with his 9:44.94 in the steeple chase. Ryan placed 10th in last year’s steeplechase.

The EKMW Emus will send Jon Gay , who qualified 35th in the 800-meter run.


Mallory Honan will try to end her Northeastern Clinton Central School track career in style as she is competing in three events. Honan’s 15.44 qualifying time in the 100 hurdles put her at No. 6. Last year she finished fifth in the event with a time of 16:56.

Honan also qualified No. 3 in the long jump with her 18-03.25 jump. Last year she finished with a 17-07.25 jump that was good for third place. She will also participate in the triple jump in the No. 4 spot with a 37-05 qualifier.

The Cougars’ Celine Bouvier is the only local athlete competing in the pentathlon. She qualified 23rd with a total of 2,452 points.

The Beekmantown girls’ team will try to repeat last year’s Division II championship win in the 400 relay. Mikaela Frechette, Courtney Wilson and Kallie Villemaire are the three returning winners and they will be joined by Carlee Casey, Kristen Villemaire or Emily Anderson.

The team ran a 50.12 to win it all last year and this year they qualified with a 50.74 to place them in the No. 11 spot.

The Eagles will also see Anderson compete in the discus as she posted a qualifying distance of 115-08 to put her in the eighth seed. Teammate Kallie Villemaire ran a 25.44 200-meter run to give her the No. 3 seed and Mikaela Frechette will run the 400-meter hurdles thanks to her 13th seed time of 1:09.04.

Seton Catholic’s Melissa Whyman is competing in three events for the Knights and hopes to best last year’s 14th-place finish in the 3,200 relay. This year she will be joined by Margaret Champagne, Maddy Murnane, Maddy Munn or Paige Splitter.

Whyman will also run as the 25th seed in the 800-meter (2:18.27) and the 21st seed in the 1,500-meter run (4:52.40).

Champagne will also have a chance at the 3,000-meter run where she is the 23rd seed (10:37.36).

Kaylia Carper will lead the Hornets as the No. 6 seed in the long jump (17-07.5) and Claire Deshaies, who is the 13th seed in the 400 (1:00.24).

Peru will look to Maria Remillard for a chance at the 2,000-meter steeplechase. Last year, she finished 11th with a time of 7:57.14. This year she qualified 27th with a faster time of 7:51.40.

Lea Perry will have a shot at the high jump for the Indians with her five foot qualifying jump.

Megann Wood will launch the shot put for Saranac and will be her schools only female athlete competing. She qualified with a distance of 34 feet, 10 inches.

EKMW has Halie Snyder running the 100 and 200-meter dash. She qualified 21st in the 100 with a 12.94 run and 20th in the 200 with a 26.64 time.

Saranac Lake will have a shot at the 1,600 relay with its 15th-seeded (4:17.24) team made up of Annie Frenette, Vanessa Salamy, Samantha Martin, Kate Stevens or Logan Hochwald.