Despite low numbers, local indoor track teams off to successful starts
The local indoor track and field teams have turned in several top elite performances so far this season in the Tri-County Indoor Track League and invitationals.
The teams have scrambled a bit for meets after a leaky roof at the Union College Field House forced the cancellation of several events.
With an eye on picking up their second-straight Foothills Council championship, the Broadalbin-Perth boys have turned in strong early-season performances.
The Patriots’ Tino Mancini has posted the top distance in Section II for shot putters with a toss of 51-01, while Zy-Dain Jackson is near the top of the leaderboard in the 45-meter dash with a time of 5.84.
Jon Simmons has been a consistent scorer in the hurdles for Broadalbin-Perth as has freshman Hunter O’Dell in the long and triple jumps, while Jeff Shlomovich has turned in solid performances in the pole vault and jumps.
They are joined by returning athletes Micah Smith, Jordan Perna and Kyle Henry.
“Though our numbers are extremely low, we have the ability to score in multiple events,” first year coach Vin Calderone said. “Our kids have been nothing but exceptional during the pre-season. They’re extremely coachable and are willing to put the team first as opposed to individual achievements and accolades.”
Ava Tyler has been a multi-event winner for the Lady Patriots as they also struggle with numbers.
Tyler is among the top competitors in Section II, with a height of 10-0 in the pole vault as well as top 10 times in the 50-, 55- and 200-meter hurdles.
She is joined by Kade Smith as returning athletes on the squad.
“With only three total athletes, it’s no secret it is going to be difficult to compete at any meet, not only championship meets,” Calderone said. However, like the boys, the girls have been very receptive. They come to practice everyday and give us their very best. As coaches, we are extremely proud with the way they have handled our low number situation.”
Graduation hit the Amsterdam boys team hard but a core of solid returning athletes have kept the Rams in competition for meet titles.
Juniors Trevor Dzikowicz, Chaun’J Ramos and Alex Kline along with newcomers Connor Marbrey and James Shatas have turned in top performances this season.
The Lady Rams’ Charli Beekman has her sights set on a return trip to the state championship meet.
The junior sprinter has posted the third fastest time in Section II this season in the 45-meter dash with a time of 6.2 seconds and the second fastest time in the 55-meter dash with a 7.25, while turning a leap of 15-11.75 in the long jump.
Veteran Kayla Sondrup is among the top high jumpers in the section, clearing the bar at 5-0 this season, while Sydney Szczepanik has set new school marks in the shot put.
The are joined by returnees Brook Marshall, Skylar Grybos, Makayla Brown, Emma Kelly and Sofia Daylan along with newcomers Ryleigh Phillips and Ailani Aleman-Rivera.
“Although the squads were hit hard by graduation, there are high expectations,” Amsterdam coach Stu Palczak said. “We look to continue to place high in both the Foothills and sectional championships. Our individuals and relays are training hard to earn a trip to the states.”
Gloversville is going through a rebuilding year with a new coaching staff, but have received solid performances from their veteran athletes.
Tyler Sheppie has been a consistent scorer for the Huskies, along with Emran Abbas, Damian Brockhum, Keegan Holmes, Feras Masri, JaQuah McCall and Kaleb Port.
On the girls side, Rhea Winter and Macey Salvione lead a competitive group that includes Sidney DeMagistris, Nature Conyne, Ashley Fisher, Ava Garren, Reagan Johnson, Hanna Kolesnokov, Kaylin Lee, Taylor Mee, Charlotte Parron and Maranda Plumadore.
“This year we have a completely new coaching staff and our numbers this year, in comparison to the past, are down so we will be rebuilding,” Coach Steve Wendt said. “Even with our small numbers, we feel our athletes will be competitive amongst the rest of the athletes in Section II.”
Fonda-Fultonville is competiting in the TCITL Independent League this season and has its eye set on bringing home championships.
Returning for the Braves squad that placed second in the Independent Championships and D-IV sectionals last year are seniors Gabe Mormile, Gus Snow, Adrian Claburn, Christian Pearce and Ryan Shopmeier along with juniors Trevor Cline, John Hall, Eric Hesch, Shane Viscosi, Nathan Curtis, Osvaldo Sanchez, Charlie Susi, Camden Woodman; sophomores Carter Petersen, Michael Putnam and Marc Tommell and freshmen Bennett Melita and Michael Carpenter.
The are joined by newcomers Riley Cole, Cody Hanson, Malcolm Kosiba, Tyler Daus, Bonz DiCaprio, Derek Duval, Dan Morton, Sam Kosiba, Kyle Kretser, Austin McSpirit, Landon Rose, Kenny Sluti, Tristan Cline and Aidan Snow.
Petersen and Pearce are among the top hurdlers in Section II, while Petersen has turned in the third best height this season in the pole vault with a 12-06.
“Our boys team has some talented newcomers we are excited to watch grow throughout the season,” Fonda-Fultonville coach Ashleigh Griswold said. “We feel that they will be an asset to our overall strength this year. Our returners are promising and have already taken on a leadership role for the team. Our goal, as always, is to bring a more competitive team to league championships and sectionals and ultimately bringing home championship titles in both.”
For the Lady Braves Madison Nichols, Julia Bagnardi, Adriana Butler, Marisa Mycek, Guiliana Capparello, Sierra Rose, Stella Williams and Katie Kubley return for their senior seasons. They are joined by returning juniors Haley Clear, Kianna Hanson, Delena James, Shianna Kemmer, Mackenzie Monette, Anissa Mosconi, Chelsi Brunell, Megan Mormile, Amaya Vainauskas, sophomores Kaylee Freeman, Eliana Montano, Janiece Roman, Kimberly Snell and Evelyn Yun along with freshman Amelia Petersen.
They are joined by newcomers Jill Sandel, Avary Vainauskas, Talia Anderson, Emma Charboneau, Amber Cole, Gabe Scutt, Kaitlyn Stearns and Isabella Miller.
“We have a talented group of newcomers as well as returning athletes,” Griswold said. “We are looking forward to watching this group improve throughout the season. We would like to see these girls have a stronger presence at the sectional and Independent League championships this season.”:
The Dolgeville indoor track team had a good turnout of 28 athletes this season and will be looking to make some noise at the Section III championships.
Competing for the Blue Devils this season are seniors Tyler Scheuerman, Andrew Ashe, Dylan Lamphere, Abby Brent, Becca Grossman, Samantha Weber and Anna-Mae Nellis; juniors Andrew Risley, Sarah Countryman, Kyla Jaquay and Nadia Lyon; sophomores Jess Bolster, Jake Grossman, Will Rauch, Ethan Humphry, Makenzie Bradseth, Jayda Estey, Kaitlyn Panella and Baylee Wood and freshmen Jed Guethner, Brayden Kamp, Jayden Kamp, Nick Mosher, Ethan Scheuerman, Hayden Seeley, ireland Northrup and Hailey Rockwell.
This has been one of the hardest working teams we have had in a few years,” Dolgeville coach Carden Smith said. “In the second meet of the season, two of our athletes qualified for sectionals. All have continued to show quick gain in speed and distances. Our 200 relay teams, both boys and girls, will surpass our school records.”