Bombers track takes on sectionals
PERU — While the Lake Placid boys and girls track and field teams didn’t bring home a banner the two squads posted some solid results at the Section VII championship meet that involved a bit of controversy at Peru High School on May 24.
Following the conclusion of the meet, it was announced that the Peru Nighthawks had won the sectional title. But due to a timing service error, it was discovered that field results were not counted, which gave Saranac Lake its third straight sectional title.
The Red Storm boys won the meet with 129 points, while the Nighthawks settled for second place with 122. The Lake Placid boys scored 25 points to finish seventh out of 11 teams.
On the girls’ side, Saranac Central claimed the title with 246 points while Lake Placid finished in fifth with 31 and Saranac Lake placed ninth with 16 points.
Lake Placid’s Lilly Rother had the best finish by any Blue Bomber, taking third place overall in the 3,200-meter race in 11 minutes, 23.58 seconds. Kai McKinnon took fifth in the 1,500-meter race in a time of 5:25.52, with Rother right behind her in sixth at 5:25.78.
Keene junior Pia Morelli, competing for Lake Placid, took fifth place in the 400-meter in 1:00.66 and teammate, Lily Jones, also from Keene, won the shot put with a throw of 26-11. Jones also finished in 12th place overall in the 200-meter event at 30.66.
Liana Shambo had a solid day finishing inside the top 10 for the long jump competition, taking ninth with a leap of 13-7.5.
Lake Placid’s 4×400-meter relay team of McKinnon, Morrelli, Clara Boutelle and Zarella Gulli took fourth in 4:41.11, while the team’s 4×800-meter relay team of McKinnon, Morrelli, Rother and Holly Erenstone also finished fourth with a time of 10:59.49.
On the boys’ side, local runners took five of the top-10 slots in the 1,600-meter race, with Saranac Lake’s Sam Ash claiming the top spot in 4:32.61, followed by his teammate Jake Kollmer (4:38.45) in third. Lake Placid’s Aidan Fay (4:38.57) placed fourth and teammate Andrew Scanio (4:44.78) was sixth. The Red Storm’s Aiden Hesseltine took 10th in 4:51.31.
The Lake Placid duo of Fay (10:04.87) and Scanio (10:05.41) finished second and third in the 3,200-meter, respectively. Ash (10:25.42) placed fifth and Kollmer (10:29.91) was seventh.
Junior Jesse Marshall led Lake Placid in the jumping events, with a ninth-place finish in the triple jump with a leap of 35-11. Marshall also took 10th in the long jump with a leap of 17-04.
In the sprints, Sean Roth, a junior, took 14th in the 200-meter in 26.01.
The Blue Bomber boys competed in just one relay event, placing sixth in the 4×800-meter event with a time of 9:25.71. The team consisted of Scanio, Ethan Cash, Brendan Murphy and Jackson Ruppert.
Following the sectional meet, the Lake Placid track and field teams were slated to compete at the state qualifier meet on June 2 at Beekmantown High School.