Westhill girls track earns sectional Class B-1 crown

first_imgIt all ended well for the Westhill girls track and field team as it held off Camden to earn the Section III Class B-1 championship Thursday at Chittenango High School.With 110 points, the Warriors finished just ahead of the Blue Devils’ second-place total of 104 points as the Westhill boys finished third with 97 points behind host Chittenango and Camden.In one event, the 100-meter hurdles, Westhill’s girls got 20 points as Ashley Heffernan won in 16.11 seconds, with Lauren Holstein third in 17.46 seconds and Lauren Marshall (17.61) in fourth place. Mesa-Espinosa got to second place in the 100-meter dash in 12.81 seconds behind Syracuse ITC’s Fannie Kumeh (12.60), also nearly winning the 200-meter dash as her 26.19 seconds trailed Camden’s Mackenzie Mix (26.18) by one-hundredth of a second.Lennah Abraham was second in the discus, throwing it 112’1”, and added a sixth-place shot put toss of 30’4”. Brigid Heinrich was fifth in the discus with 89’4”.Bolesh was fourth in the 400-meter dash in 1:00.36, while Bendall needed 1:11.54 to finish third in the 400 hurdles and was sixth in the pole vault, topping 8 feet. Margaret Hunt, clearing 4’8”, claimed third place in the high jump.Kaylin Battista, with 1,994 points, was fourth in the pentathlon, ahead of Quinn Mannion (1,876) in fifth place. The Warriors also finished fourth in the 4×800 relay in 10:32.96.For the Westhill boys, the most success came from field events such as the shot put, which Evan Ballard won by throwing it 45’ ½” as Ben Helfeld was third with 43’11 ½” and Charlie Doebert (40’10 ½”) was fifth.Ballard swept both throwing contests as his discus throw of 122’11” edged Camden’s Jon Smith (121’7”), with Doebert getting third place by heaving it 115’11” and Helfeld fourth with 115’9”.Elliott Rouse cleared 5’10” in the high jump and gained second place,Dan Washburn was victorious in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, going 10:27.5 to beat the field by nearly half a minute as Scott MacBain finished eighth in 11:47.1.MacBain, Jacob Fricano, Brian Kenny and Brendan Rewakowski were second in the 4×800 in 8:37.24.Tom Howard got third place in the 100 sprint  in 11.63 seconds, added a third in the 200- in 23.03 seconds and helped the Warriors take third place in the 4×100 relay in 45.90 seconds.Washburn had a fourth-place mile of 4:34.49 as Westhill finished fifth in the 4×400 in 3:46.52. Andrew Centore was fifth in the triple jump, going 39’11 ¼”.Luke Kelly was fourth in the pentathlon with 2,246 points as Michael Savage (1,872) was sixth. Will Remillard was sixth in the 400 hurdles in 1:04.39, with Will Thornton sixth in the 800 in 2:04.82.Solvay tied Oneida and Christian Brothers Academy for sixth place in the boys sectional B-1 meet with 33 points, including a victory for Brendon Carolina in the long jump as he went 20’9 ½” to beat Oneida’s Zander Farr (20’6”) for the top spot.Carolina, X’Zavier Morris, Allen Cawthon and Elijah Wright were second (45.77 seconds) to Camden (45.38) in the 4×100 as Justice Shirley was fourth in the high jump, clearing 5’8”.Carolina was fourth in the 100 in 11.68 seconds, with Cawthon (11.73) sixth as he also got eighth place in the 400 sprint. Michael Pellizzari was fifth in the discus with a throw of 115’8”.The Solvay girls had 14.5 points, most of them from Kyra Crossett winning the high jump by clearing 4’10” as Allison Dooher tied for fifth and Erica Bagozzi was fifth (8’6”) in the pole vault.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Heffernan got second place in the pole vault, clearing 9 feet 6 inches, and went on to finish third in the long jump, going 16’2 ¾” as Ashley Bolesh was sixth with 15’4 ½”.Another key win came in the 4×100 relay, where Heffernan, Katherine Evans, Erica Gangemi and Angie Mesa-Espinosa claimed a thriller over Vernon-Verona-Sherrill, edging the Red Devils by one-hundredth of a second, 51.95 seconds to 51.96. Evans also finished sixth in the 800-meter run in 2:37.09.Just as important was the Warriors taking the 4×400 relay late in the meet. Mesa-Espinosa, Evans, Bolesh and Lauren Bendall went 4:12.07 to edge South Jefferson (4:12.30) as Camden settled for third place.center_img Tags: Solvaytrack and fieldWesthilllast_img read more

MBB : 1999-2000 SU players remember record start

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 18, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Mark: [email protected] | @mark_cooperjr Tony Bland has the formula to beat Syracuse.The former Orangemen guard — part of the 1999-2000 SU team whose 19-0 start to the season was eclipsed by this year’s team on Monday — is an assistant coach at No. 16 San Diego State. He watches as many SU games as he can and TiVo’s the games the No. 1 team plays on TV.And he’s got a method to attack the team.‘I think the other team needs to do a whole bunch of praying, do a whole bunch of wishing and then they have a chance,’ Bland said. ‘Unless they’re playing the Aztecs.’The 1999-2000 Syracuse team was erased from the record books for the best start in school history when the 2011-12 Orange beat Pittsburgh, 71-63, to reach the 20-0 plateau. But players and coaches who were a part of one of the best runs in team history are content with the record being broken. They see a current team with broader goals than winning 20 consecutive games, and they see a team with the talent to do it, too.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘Initially you’re like oh, you want to keep your names in the record books,’ said Bland, who started all 32 games in 1999-2000. ‘But when you’re a fan of Syracuse basketball, you’re excited to see those guys break the record.‘And I think that’s how myself and Jason Hart and Etan Thomas and Damone Brown and all those guys who were on that team, I think that’s how we felt about that.’This year’s team has already done something the 1999-2000 team never experienced: ascend to the No. 1 ranking.Twelve seasons ago, SU was ranked No. 4 when it fell to Seton Hall, 69-67, on Feb. 7, 2000, in game No. 20.‘Records are made to be beaten,’ said Hart, another guard on that team. ‘If I was somebody who only cared about something for my personal glory, then I wouldn’t be a true Syracuse fan. I hope they win every single game they play.’Bland said he remembers Seton Hall playing a flawless game against his Orangemen that night. The Pirates were an unranked team.So was Syracuse’s next opponent, Louisville. But one loss quickly spiraled into two as the Orangemen fell by 13 to the Cardinals on the road.‘When we were 17-0, 18-0, we felt kind of invincible,’ Bland said. ‘And it may be part of the reason why we lost, so I want these guys to stay on edge. I want these guys to know that they are 19-0, 20-0 now, that guys will come gunning for them.’The Orangemen dropped two more regular-season games and fell to Georgetown in their first game in the Big East tournament. In 1999-2000, Syracuse went 7-6 in its final 13 games after winning 16 of its first 19 games by double-digits.The cloak of invincibility was yanked away. Hart said the level of focus needed to keep a lengthy winning streak going is enormous.‘The players are going to say there’s no pressure, but I think it is pressure,’ he said. ‘Because you’re putting pressure to try and stay perfect. And people always say that a loss can help you — a loss can help you.‘But winning every game, it teaches you how to focus, and it’s obvious since they haven’t lost any games, this team has a high level of concentration.’This year’s team has more talent than the 1999-2000 team, Hart said. And he said SU clearly didn’t handle it well back then when it lost for the first time.The Orangemen did rebound to make the Sweet 16 before losing to eventual national champion Michigan State. But in totality, SU fizzled down the stretch in 2000.This year’s team could be different. There’s still no sign of when it will lose — the Orange’s next four games are against unranked teams. Louis Orr, an assistant on the 1999-2000 team and the current head coach at Bowling Green, raved about what he has seen of Syracuse this year.‘They lead the country in steals, they’re active, their defense is active and they block over seven shots a game,’ Orr said. ‘All the defensive stats. And then they’ve got balanced scoring and they share the ball. And they’re probably, if not the best, one of the best teams in transition in the country.’The big thing for Syracuse, Orr said, will be how it responds to that first loss.It takes an immense amount of determination to discard the first loss and to avoid the blame game that comes with a poor performance.But until the first loss happens, Bland said he’ll be pleased to see the streak continue.‘Unless they were facing the Aztecs, I hope they don’t lose a game,’ Bland said. ‘If they ever do, I just hope that they know that they have to bounce back really fast and work that much harder.’[email protected]center_img Commentslast_img read more