Relyea, Stanavich post top-six finishes at state championships
MIDDLETOWN — Four area athletes were among those competing at the New York State Public High School Track and Field Championships at Middletown High School on Saturday.
Johnstown’s Sebastian Mills, Broadalbin-Perth’s Niko Mancini, Mayfield-Northville’s Madison Relyea and Amsterdam’s Gabby Stanavich all were in action Saturday.
Stanavich, a senior, placed fifth in the finals of the Division I (large-school) 100-meter hurdles with a time of 15.00 seconds. Valley Stream South’s Chibugo Obichere won with a time of 14.06 seconds. She also placed sixth in the Federation 100-meter hurdles with a time of 15.08 seconds.
On Friday, Stanavich was sixth in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:05.91. Spencerport’s Vanessa Watson won with a time of 59.12 seconds.
Stanavich also earned the Section II Sportsmanship Award. She is the sixth Amsterdam athlete to earn the award since 2013, joining John Hardies, Izaiah Brown, Olivia Lazarou, Brenda Santana and Lauren Santiago.
Relyea, a sophomore, was 12th overall in the 1,500 meters with a school-record time of 4:43.33. She placed fourth among Division II competitors. Mount Sinai’s Sarah Connelly won with a time of 4:31.11.
Mills, a senior, was 24th overall in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 10:00.22. He finished eighth among Division II competitors. Maine-Endwell’s Parker Stokes won the event with a time of 9:02.48.
Mancini, a senior, placed 17th overall in the pentathlon with a total of 2,928 points. He placed eighth among Division II competitors. Walt Whitman’s John Poplawski won the Division I and overall title with 3,477 points, while Clymer’s John Swabik was second overall and top among Division II competitors with a total of 3,411 points.
On Friday, Broadalbin-Perth’s Sean Meher and John Coddington finished among the top six in their events at the state meet.
Meher, a senior, was fifth in the Division II (small-school) triple jump with a leap of 45 7 3/4.
Coddington, a senior, placed sixth in the Division II shot put with a throw of 51-3 1/2. Odessa Montour’s Zach Elliott won with a throw of 55-6.
Several other area competitors also were in action Friday.
Amsterdam’s Lauren Santiago placed eighth in the Division I 400-meter dash with a time of 57.27 seconds.
Canajoharie juniors Marcus Johnson and Andrew Ferguson both competed in the Division II 400-meter hurdles. Johnson was ninth with a time of 57.34 seconds and Ferguson was 14th with a time of 58.73.