Queensbury boys and girls win Foothills Council track and field championships

Scotia-Glenville's Aleksey Falcon competes in the 110-meter hurdles at the Foothills Council championships track and field championships at Schuylerville High School.

Scotia-Glenville’s Aleksey Falcon competes in the 110-meter hurdles at the Foothills Council championships track and field championships at Schuylerville High School.

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SCHUYLERVILLE — The Queensbury boys and girls track teams came in first place at the Foothills Council championships on Wednesday night.

Queensbury’s boys team earned a total of 173 points, besting Broadalbin-Perth’s 132 points, who came in second. The Spartan girls tallied 121 points, as they also topped Broadalbin-Perth, with 94 points. 

“A lot of people think of this as an individual sport,” said Queensbury coach Matt Crossman, “but the whole team, everyone in shot put and discus, the sprinters, distance and jumpers – the amount of collective people that has to come together to get a win here, it takes a lot.”

“It shows a lot of their hard work,” Crossman added, “They hold each other accountable and when you have that, you’re going to do pretty well.”

For Broadalbin-Perth, the girls 4 by 1,600 relay team of Aubrey Fisher, Haley Tomlinson, Emma Frasier and Erica Lin came in first place with a time of 4:23.55. Giavna Abel also earned first place in the discus throw with a mark of 100-4.

The Patriots boys took home three events, including Rylee VanAlstine in the 400-meter dash, Sam Hotaling in the high jump, Hunter O’Dell in the triple jump. Broadalbin-Perth’s Connor Couperus earned second place in the 3000-meter steeplechase, while Antonio D’Aniello took second in the pole vault. The team of Stephen Chrysler, Dean Smith, O’Dell and Hotaling earned second in the 400-meter relay.

The Scotia-Glenville girls earned one victory, winning the 3200-meter relay. The team of Stephanie James, Schuyler Long, Briar Wells and Ashley Green ran for a time of 10:30.87.

 “We were seeded second, so I told everyone, we got this,” James said. “We went out and did our thing. The last leg was a little scary, but we were able to hold on. I’m really proud of everyone.”

“We’ve got this one and the Eddy Meet on Saturday at Schenectady,” she added on the season nearing its end. “That one’s going to be fun. Then sections and maybe state qualifiers – we’ll have to see about that.”

Scotia’s Kiera MacIntosh came in second place in the 3,000-meter run, while Abby Snyder came in second in the 100-meter hurdles. Emily Heiner also got a second place finish in the 100-meter dash.

Tyler Knaggs won two events on the boys side for the Tartans, in the 1,600 and 800. Aidan Percenti came in second place twice in the 200 and 400 meter dash. Aleksey Falcon came in second place in the 400-meter hurdles.

Schuylerville’s Nikki Stark had a strong performance, winning the 110 and 400-meter hurdles. She also came in second in the 200-meter dash. Ryan Stark also won the pole vault for the Black Horses.

Keira Rogan and Adeline Ballou earned second place in the 800-meter run and 2,000 steeplechase, respectively.

Following Queensbury and Broadalbin-Perth, the Schuylerville girls came in third place with 89 points, South Glens Falls was fourth with 76 and Scotia was fifth with 64.33.

The Gloversville girls came in sixth place, scoring 57 points, while Amsterdam scored 34 points, good for seventh place. Johnstown had 6.33 points, for 10th place.

“This is a big competition,” said Amsterdam’s Ryleigh Phillips, who ran in the 110-meter hurdles and 4 by 100-meter relay. “A lot of us went out and got personal records, personally I did too. It’s really important for us to be pushing each other and we definitely did that today.”

“I feel like this is my place to be,” she added, “so I’m going to miss all the people, the experiences and making friends, things like that.”

In the girls’ high-jump, Gloversville’s Zoie Tesi and Anna Murphy had the top two scores, with 5-3 and 5-1, respectively. Tesi also won the long jump, at 16-3.25, and the triple jump, at 36-1.50. Allison Ebersole came in second in the triple jump at 34-4 and Anna Murphy came in third at 33-9.50.

The Scotia boys came in third with 101 points and were followed by Amsterdam, with 44. Johnstown scored 29 points, for seventh place, and Gloversville came in 10th with four points.

Amsterdam’s Rizalino Reyes earned a second place finish in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.64. Aundray Fowler, also of the Rams, came in second in the high-jump, at 5-6.

Team scores: Queensbury 173, Broadalbin-Perth 134, Scotia-Glenville 101, Amsterdam 44, South Glens Falls 39, Glens Falls 5, Johnstown 29, Schuylerville 18, Hudson Falls 11, Gloversville 4.
Individual events
100 — Caprood (Q), 11.34; 200 — Caprood (Q), 23.11; 400 — VanAlstine (B-P), 50.71; 800 — Knaggs (S-G), 2:02.03; 1,600 — Knaggs S-G), 4:42.11; 3,200 — Burgess GF), 10:13.11; 3,000 steeplechase — Davidson (Q), 10:24.84; 110 HH — Demers (Q), 16.69; 400 IH — Demers (Q), 1:00.61; 400 relay — Queensbury (Kelly, Demers, Jones, Caprood), 44.98; 1,600 relay — Queensbury (Campopiano, Gileski, DiPlacido, Demers), 3:37.05; 3,200 relay — Glens Falls (Healy, Stedman, Slingerland, Burgess), 8:43.73; High jump — Hotaling (B-P), 5-8; Long jump — Chrysler (B-P), 20-2.25; Triple jump — O’Dell (B-P), 41-3.75; Shot put — Ball (Q), 46-11.; Discus — Ball (Q), 160-4; Pole vault — Johnson (SGF), 11-6.
Team scores: Queensbury 121, Broadalbin-Perth 94, Schuylerville 89, South Glens Falls 76, Scotia-Glenville 64.33, Gloversville 57, Amsterdam 34, Glens Falls 24.33, Hudson Falls 21, Johnstown 6.33.
Individual events
100 — Sefcik (SGF), 12.75; 200 — Sefcik (SGF), 27.13; 400 — Mower Q), 1:01.44; 800 — Powers (Q), 2:23.81; 1,500 — Powers (Q), 5:00.53; 3,000 — Powers (Q), 11:10.25; 2,000 steeplechase — Habshi (Q), 7:51.36; 100 HH — Stark (Schuy), 16.20; 400 IH — Stark (Schuy), 1:08.75; 400 relay — Queensbury (J. Ross, S. Ross, McMaster, Hand), 52.64; 1,600 relay — Broadalbin-Perth (Fisher, Tomlinson, Frasier, Lin), 4:23.55; 3,200 relay — Scotia-Glenville (James, Long, Wells, Greene), 10:30.87; High jump — Tesi (Glov), 5-3; Long jump — Tesi (Glov), 16-3.25; Triple jump — Tesi (Glov), 36-1.5; Shot put — Leonard (Q), 30-6.75; Discus — Abel (B-P), 100-4; Pole vault — Stark (Schuy), 10-6.

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