PLATTSBURGH — Halie Snyder is competing in indoor track and field right now, but every day in practice she goes outside to run hills through the cold and snow.
The Moriah senior said it was worth it Saturday, when she won the 300-meter dash at the Section VII State Qualifying Meet at the Plattsburgh State Field House.
“That race is about endurance and speed, and you have to have both and you have to maintain the speed until the end, because the end is the most important part,” Snyder said. “My coach Howie (Hammonds) makes me run hills, which definitely came in handy for (Saturday).
“Everything’s worth it.”
The top two finishers in each event qualified for the NYSPHAA Indoor Track & Field Championships, which will be held March 1 in Ithaca. Saranac’s Justin Liechty and Ticonderoga’s Jarryn Granger turned in the top performances in the boys’ meet Saturday, both qualifying in three events.
Snyder, who clocked 41.6 seconds in the 300, was also a three-time qualifier. She won the 55 dash in 7.2 seconds and later claimed the long jump with a mark of 17 feet, 10 ¼ inches. She said she doesn’t get to practice the long jump much, so she had to “wing it.”
Snyder has broken multiple Section VII records this season. She’s the only girl competing for Moriah this season.
“I feel like I’ve been so successful because I feel like I’m driven to do so,” Snyder said. “I run as an individual, and I just want to show everybody that you can do anything. I want to be an influence on younger kids because not many people at my school do track. So I want more people to do that.”
Plattsburgh High’s Kaylia Carper was second in the long jump and also placed second in the triple jump behind teammate Brooke Knight (36- ¼). In the 55 hurdles, Carper was edged out by her twin sister Ashlee (9.3). Kaylia crossed the line in 9.6, and both will run at the state meet.
“That race started off rough. I went over it with the wrong leg at first,” Kaylia said. “But I picked up my speed, and I three-stepped. And right at the end of the race, my sister, before she even crossed the line, she turned to make sure I was right there beside her. To make sure that we were going together.”
Another Plattsburgh runner, Claire Deshaies, won the 600 in 1:50.7 and took the lead late during the anchor leg of the 3,200 relay to grab a win for the Hornets along with Alyssa Rector, Taylor Canet and Brooke Kelley.
Saranac’s Lexi Blockson (600), Abby Cerne (1,000) and Elysha O’Connell (3,000) all qualified individually as well as in the 3,200 relay. Blockson was also on the 1,600 relay team that ran uncontested. Saranac’s Meaghann Wood took first in the shot put (35-5 ½).
Elisabeth Plympton and Kallie Villemaire of Beekmantown were both on the winning 640 relay squad and also qualified in the 55 and 300, respectively. Courtney Wilson and Mikaela Frechette joined them on the relay.
Ticonderoga’s Lillith Ida won the high jump (4-10) and qualified in the 640 relay. Seton Catholic runners took the top spots in the distance races: Margaret Champagne in the 3,000 with a time of 10:52.5 and Ashley Leta in the 1,000 in 3:13.9
Granger led off the Ticonderoga boys in the 640 relay and was joined on the team by Jay Hebert, Marcus Moser and Coleman Granger. No other teams competed.
“It’s a lot different. You always like having someone to go against; it makes you push harder,” Jarryn Granger said. “It kinda made us a little mad, but that’s all right. We wanted one more chance to get pushed, try to break the section record for this building.”
He added that the Chiefs will push for the school record and maybe even the section record at the state meet.
Jarryn Granger will be busy at that meet; he also won the long jump (21-2 ¾) and the triple jump (41-8) Saturday. The Sentinels’ Shawn Silliman qualified in the 55 hurdles, finishing behind Hebert (7.5), and the 600. Coleman Granger placed second in the high jump.
Saranac’s Liechty won the 600 in a time of 1:29.1 and qualified in the distance relay and the 1,600 relay. Lance Hackett placed second in the 300 and was on the 1,600 relay.
Sobaan Ayub was also part of the relay squad, and he claimed the 300 in 38.4.
“I got off the first lap really well, and I was actually struggling around the second turn,” he said of the 300. “But once I saw it was possible, I just kept in the race and finished strong. I didn’t have a time goal, but I actually ran my best for this facility with a 38.4.”
Sean Tyrell, also a Saranac athlete, grabbed a win in the 1,000 (2:44.4), while Ryan Kneussle claimed the high jump (5-10) and Colby Russell won the shot put (42-7).
Westport’s Jonathan Gay earned a spot in the state meet in both the 1,000 and 1,600. Jeriqho Gadway of Plattsburgh took first in the 1,600 in 4:34.8, and teammate Skyler Barriere clocked the fastest time (6.6) in the 55 dash. Seton Catholic’s Evan Page won the 3,200 (10:26.8).
3,200 relay- 1, Plattsburgh (Rector, Canet, Kelley, Deshaies), 10:27.5. 2, Saranac (Blockson, Cerne, O.Connell, Thew), 10:27.9.
55 hurdles- 1, A. Carper (PHS), 9.3. 2, K. Carper (PHS), 9.6.
55 dash- 1, Snyder (Mor), 7.2. 2, Plympton (Beek), 7.4.
1,500- 1, Ki. Villemaire (Beek), 5:14.8. 2, Clemons (P), 5:30.5.
1,000- 1, Leta (SC), 3:13.9. 2, Cerne (Sar), 3:33.6.
640 relay- 1, Beekmantown (Frechette, Plympton, Wilson, Ka. Villemaire), 1:28.2. 2, Ticonderoga (Kuhl, Price, Vradenburg, Ida), 1:31.9.
600- 1, Deshaies (PHS), 1:50.7. 2, Blockson (Sar), 1:52.4.
300- 1, Snyder (Mor), 41.6. 2, Ka. Villemaire (Beek), 43.4.
3,000- 1, Champagne (SC), 10:52.5. 2, O’Connell (Sar), 11:43.5.
1,600 relay- 1, Saranac (Threlkeld, Bruno, Blockson, Haley), 5:03.3.
High jump- 1, Ida (Ti), 4-10. 2, Fisher (P), 4-6.
Long jump- 1, Snyder (Mor), 17-10 ¼. 2, K. Carper (PHS), 17-8 ¾.
Triple jump- 1, Knight (PHS), 36- ¼. 2, K. Carper (PHS), 36-0.
Shot put- 1, Wood (Sar), 35-5 ½. 2, LaValley (Beek), 29-3.
3,200 relay- 1, Saranac (Liechty, Dashnaw, Madden, Frostick), 10:19.1.
55 hurdles- 1, Hebert (Ti), 7.5. 2, Silliman (Ti), 8.0.
55- 1, Barriere (PHS), 6.6. 2, Nadeau (Mor), 6.7.
1,600- 1, Gadway (PHS), 4:34.8. 2, Gay (West), 4:56.2.
1,000- 1, Tyrell (Sar), 2:44.4. 2, Gay (West), 2:44.7.
640 relay- 1, Ticonderoga (Ja. Granger, Hebert, Moser, C. Granger), 1:17.8.
600- 1, Liechty (Sar), 1:29.1. 2, Silliman (Ti), 1:29.4.
300- 1, Ayub (Sar), 38.4. 2, Hackett (Sar), 39.5.
3,200- 1, Page (SC), 10:26.8. 2, Lepage (Sar), 10:39.4.
1,600 relay- 1, Saranac (Liechty, Hackett, Bernardi, Ayub), 5:07.5.
High jump- 1, Kneussle (Sar), 5-10. 2, C. Granger (Ti), 5-4.
Long jump- 1, Ja. Granger (Ti), 21-2 ¾. 2, Boyd (Sar), 19-5.
Triple jump- 1, Ja. Granger (Ti), 41-8. 2, Fink (Sar), 39-10 ¾.
Shot put- 1, Russell (Sar), 42-7. 2, McLoughlin (Ti), 36-2 ¾.
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