Broadalbin-Perth’s Derwin wins state title

From left, Perry's Edwin Rojo-Altamirano, Briarcliff's Jack Zimmerman, Broadalbin-Perth's Jeff Derwin, Pembroke's Kilian Lewis and Canajoharie's Mikey Hartlieb stand on the podium after placing in the top five in the Division II discus Friday at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Track and Field Championships at Union-Endicott High School in Endicott. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

ENDICOTT — When the official announced Jeff Derwin’s throw as 182 feet five inches, the Broadalbin-Perth cheering section erupted with a loud cheer.

The celebration quieted as the distance became a question and was remeasured and came back as 172 feet, 5 inches.

It did not matter as the throw was still just under 11 feet further than Briarcliff’s Jack Zimmerman, giving Derwin the gold medal for the Division II (small-school) discus Friday at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association track and field championship meet at Union-Endicott High School.

“I knew it was a decent throw but honestly I overreacted,” Derwin said. “I honestly thought it was about 165, but when he said 182, I think my stomach came up to my lungs. I didn’t expect that. But 172 is still a PR for me by three foot. I have been chasing 170 all year, so I am pumped about that.”

Earlier in the meet Derwin added a silver medal to his accomplishments in the D-2 shot put with a best throw of 66-6 3/4. Zimmerman, the 2016 champions, successfully defended his championship with a throw of 57-10 1/2.

Canajoharie’s Mikey Hartlieb joined Derwin on the podium for the D-2 discus, launching a personal best throw of 157-7 on his last throw in the finals to take home a fifth-place medal.

“It is an amazing feeling,” Hartlieb said. “Last year I didn’t throw anywhere near my best at all. To be able to comeback this year and perform close to where I wanted to is absolutely incredible.”

On the track the Broadalbin-Perth 4×100-meter relay team of Chris Wagner, Jacob Bunker, Zach Johnson and Ivan Roberts placed second in their qualifying heat with a school-record time of 44.38. The time held up to place the Patriots eighth overall in the event won by UPrep of Rochester with a time of 43.17.

“This team started to come together as a whole around the Foothills Championships,” Broadalbin-Perth sprint coach Vinnie Calderone said. “Once we had that team assembled we thought we had a good combination. Every meet you could see the times drop significantly And they made it here. They are all underclassmen except for Jake Bunker and he could be hard to replace.”

Amsterdam’s Kevon Boucaud and Gabby Stanavich advanced through Friday’s preliminary round and qualify for today’s championships.

Boucaud placed second in his preliminary in the D-1 100-meter dash with a time of 11.11 and is seeded fifth in today’s final.

Stanavich finished third in her preliminary for the D-1 100-meter hurdles, missing the automatic berth in the championships. She did post the eighth fastest time of 15.18 seconds to earn the final berth in the finals.

Boucaud also competed in the D-1 long jump, posting a best jump of 22-1 to finish eighth.

Fonda-Fultonville Brittany Castelluccio qualified for the D-2 long jump and placed ninth overall with her best leap of 16-3.

The NYSPHSAA meet continues today with Fort Plain/Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville’s Tyler Brado joining the action in the D-2 high jump.

Derwin and Hartlieb will return to action today for a shot at the Federation championship in the shot put and discus against competitors from the D-1, private and parochial schools.