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State track meet compressed into one day

MIDDLETOWN — Track and field athletes from across New York will have an additional challenge at this year’s NYSPHSAA championships.

Heavy rain and flash flood warnings Friday caused the first day of the meet to be cancelled, leading to all the events being crammed in today. The revised schedule calls for an 8:30 a.m. start at Middletown High School. Race officials announced the postponement before noon Friday.

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Most of the class finals have been turned into Federation finals, according to Mile Split New York.

The National Weather Service has a more positive outlook for Middletown today, calling for a mostly cloud day with a high near 80 degrees, and a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon.

Saranac boys’ coach Chris Verkey’s first state meet as an athlete was in 1995, and he’s been coaching for 11 years. He said he’s never experienced or heard of anything like this happening before. Even with rain in the forecast, he never expected a postponement.

“All of my kids were mentally prepared to compete out in the rain (Friday),” he said, adding that running in the rain during the Section VII championships two weeks ago helped prepare his team for such conditions.

“They’ve eliminated some semis here and there in different events, put some different events in different places at the meet to try to make it the most user friendly for all the athletes,” Verkey said. “But there’s a lot of athletes that are going to have to double back in a lot of events that they probably weren’t expecting to.

“The decision-making on what events you’re going to run at the state meet typically is done because of the schedule. You’re going to have people who weren’t expecting to run certain events twice in one day.”

Saranac’s Connor Christopherson is scheduled to compete in three events — 110 hurdles, 400 hurdles and the 1,600 relay.

Long distance events are usually spaced out between the two days, but now athletes like Seton Catholic’s Margaret Champagne and Melissa Whyman will have a lot of running to do in one day. Both are part of the Seton’s 3,200-relay team, originally set for Saturday. Whyman qualified for both the 800 — originally Friday — and 1,500 — originally Saturday. Champagne is competing in the 3,000, which was set to go Friday.

A revised schedule can be found on Mile Split New York’s website.

Section VII Athletes and Division II Seeds


100- Halie Snyder (EKMW – 21); 200- Kallie Villemaire (B’town – 3), Halie Snyder (EKMW – 20); 400- Claire Deshaies (PHS – 13); 100H- Mallory Honan (NCCS – 6); 400- Mikaela Frechette (B’town – 13); 800- Melissa Whyman (Seton Catholic – 14); 1500- Melissa Whyman (Seton Catholic – 9); 3000- Margaret Champagne (Seton Catholic – 11).

400 relay- Beekmantown (Mikaela Frechette, Courtney Wilson, Kirsten Villemaire, Carlee Casey, Kallie Villemaire, Emily Anderson – 11); 1600 relay- Saranac Lake (Annie Frenette, Vanessa Salamy, Samantha Martin, Kate Stevens, Logan Hochwald – 15); 3200 relay- Seton Catholic (Margaret Champagne, Maddy Munn, Maddy Murnane, Paige Spittler, Melissa Whyman – 12).

Long jump- Mallory Honan (NCCS – 3), Kaylia Carper (PHS – 6); Triple jump- Mallory Honan (NCCS – 4); High jump- Lea Perry (Peru – 16); Shot put- Megann Wood (Saranac – 10); Discus- Emily Anderson (B’town – 8); Steeplechase- Maria Remillard (Peru – 27); Pentathlon- Celine Bouvier (NCCS – 10).


100- Nathan Foster (B’town – 19); 200- Sooban Ayub (Saranac – 17); 400- Ty Tedford (Saranac – 9); 100H- Jay Hebert (Ti – 1), Connor Christopherson (Saranac – 6); 400- Connor Christopherson (Saranac – 10); 800- Jon Gay (EKMW – 17); 1500- Jeriqho Gadway (PHS – 14); 3000- Evan Page (Seton Catholic – 12).

400 relay- Ticonderoga (Marcus Moser, Justyn Granger, Coleman Granger, Shawn Silliman, Jay Hebert, Nikolas Theiss – 14); 1600 relay- Saranac (Dustin Durgan, Connor Christopherson, Ty Tedford, Sobaan Ayub, Lance Hackett, Justin Liechty – 5);

3200 relay- Saranac (Justin Liechty, Sean Tyrell, Ben Strack, Nick Dormann, Lance Hackett, Zach Lepage – 11).

Long jump- Rodney Grimshaw (NCCS – 7); Triple jump- Paul Ford (AuSable Valley – 11); High jump- Paul Ford (AuSable Valley – 13); Shot put- Garth Benway (AuSable Valley – 7); Discus- Jeremy Bullis (Saranac – 6); Steeplechase- Mitchell Ryan (Seton Catholic – 4); Pentathlon- Hakim Bouzidane (PHS – 11).