CICERO - Her second trip to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Track and Field Championship produced a third-place finish for Gloversville's Chanel Thomas.
The senior athlete launched a school-record leap in the long jump and backed it up with a solid run in the 800-meter to finish third in the Division 1 (large school) pentathlon championship Saturday at Cicero-North Syracuse High School.
With a leap of 5.38-meters (17-8 feet), Thomas moved from sixth in the D-1 standings to second with the 800-meter run remaining. Thomas paced herself on the opening lap and passed two competitors in the final 100-meters to finish 12th with her time of 2:43.98.
Gloversville’s Chanel Thomas, center, awaits the start of the 800 meters during the girls pentathlon at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Track and Field Championships on Saturday at Cicero-North Syracuse High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)
Although Thomas' time brought her 528 points, pushing her final total to 2,973 points, Harper Stewart of Penfield clocked in with a 2:26.40 to collect 739 points to earn the silver medal with 2,974 points.
"One point? That's crazy," Thomas said after seeing the score posted on the field's jumbotron. "Oh well, what am I going to do about it now. I have had fun."
Thomas, who was awarded the Section II Sportsmanship Award in Friday's opening ceremonies, won her heat in the 100-meter high hurdles with a time of 15.53, while clearing the bar at 4-09.5 in the high jump and recording a throw of 27-10 in the shot put on Friday.
Gloversville's Chanel Thomas entered Saturday's portion of the Division 1 girls pentathlon in sixth .
On Saturday, she moved into contention for the gold medal, winning the long jump segment of the five-event pentathlon with a school-record leap of 17-08 to move into second in the standings.
Thomas started in the second lane and settled in deep in the pack as the front runners broke away.
Thomas closed in the final 100-meters but came up just short at the finish and took her spot in the third slot on the podium.
"I have been consistent throughout the year at 2:43 so I would have like to have done better but there is nothing I can do about it now," Thomas said. "I am just happy."
Thomas wrapped up her athletic career at Gloversville High School with two outdoor state championship appearances, two indoor track state meet opportunities, three-time offensive MVP on the girls soccer team and was named Fulton County Female Athlete of the Year on Thursday night at the Fulton Montgomery Chamber of Commerce sports award dinner.
"It has been a journey. It really has and I had fun," Thomas said. " I cannot imagine not doing sports. I would be bored. When I get back to school, I won't know what to do. I am so used to going to practice right after classes. I will enjoy it for a little bit, but then I won't know what to do."
Thomas, who is headed for a career in nursing, thanked all the people who have helped her achieve success in her athletic and scholastic career.
"I have to thank my mom, my dad, my sisters, my whole family," she said. "My coaches especially for dealing with me all the time. I have had a good support group including people donating money to help me get to nationals last year. I have to thank everyone for that. I definitely want to thank my teachers for helping me keep my grades up and when I needed extra help they were there for me. They knew how stressful it was with track and soccer all the time."
Brown, Rams win Federation titles
Amstedam's Izaiah Brown returned to the CNS track Saturday and completed his sweep of the Division 1 400-meter dash by winning the Federation championship Saturday.
Brown won his second-straight NYSPHSAA championship on Friday with a time of 47.57. Saturday he hit the finish line first with a time of 47.80.
The Rams 4x400-meter relay team of David Graveley, Julian Gallup, Andrew Druziak and Brown finished fourth Friday but came storming back to win the Federation championship with a time of 3:17.87 bettering their time from Friday of 3:20.25.
Brown turned in an anchor leg on the championship run with a lap of 46.078.