Three area athletes post top-six showings at states

MIDDLETOWN — Three area competitors posted top-six finishes on the first day of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Track and Field Championships at Middletown High School on Friday.

Broadalbin-Perth’s Sean Meher, Broadalbin-Perth’s John Coddington and Amsterdam’s Gabby Stanavich all finished among the top six in their events at the state meet Friday.

Stanavich, a senior, 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 was seventh in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.93 seconds to qualify for today’s Division I final. Hilton’s Anaya Dees won with a time of 14.27 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.

Meher, a senior, was fifth in the Division II (small-school) triple jump with a leap of 45 7 3/4. Mount Sinai’s Kenneth Wei won with a leap of 48-3/4.

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.

Amsterdam’s Lauren Santiago placed eighth in the Division I 400-meter dash with a time of 57.27 seconds. Walt Whitman’s Gianna Paul won with a time of 54.95 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. Saranac’s Cameron Duffield won with a time of 53.69 seconds.

Through three events in the pentathlon, Broadalbin-Perth’s Niko Mancini is eighth overall with 1,945 points and fourth among Division II competitors.

Mancini, a senior, was 23rd in the 110-meter hurdles, third in the high jump and fourth in the shot put Friday. He will compete in the long jump and 1,500 meters.

Mayfield-Northville’s Madison Relyea, a sophomore, will compete in the Division II 1,500 meters today, while Johnstown’s Sebastian Mills, a senior, will compete in the DII 3,000-meter steeplechase.

The meet is scheduled to continue today, beginning at 10 a.m.