BY MICHAEL KELLY
CLIFTON PARK — Qualifying teams for all three relay events at the outdoor track and field championships is great.
Doing what those Shenendehowa girls’ relays did at the June 10-11 state championships is even better.
“It’s all about whether you can execute,” coach Rob Cloutier said.
The Plainsmen showed they could at Cicero-North Syracuse High School. In the Division I finals of the public high school competition, the school’s 4×100-meter relay took fourth place, the 4×400-meter relay was second and the 4×800-meter relay came in second. At the federation level — which also involves schools that do not compete within the New York State Public High School Athletic Association — the 4×100-meter relay was fifth, the 4×400-meter relay was fourth and the 4×800-meter relay was second. Making up the 4×100-meter relay for Shenendehowa were sophomore Melissa Haas, sophomore Kelly Hamlin, junior Emily Schaffer and sophomore Alexandra Tudor. In the Division 1 race, the team recorded a 48.55 before lowering its time to a school-record 48.36 in the federation race.
Hamlin, senior Olivia Robbins, Tudor and senior Rachel Venditti teamed up for the 4×400-meter relay. That squad ran 3:51.69 in the Division 1 race before going 3:54.36 in the federation final.
For the 4×800-meter relay, senior Emily Crounse, sophomore Hannah Reale, senior Danielle Jordan and junior Julia Zachgo combined. That team raced once, setting a school record in the event with a 8:56.83 mark.
The 2016 state meet was the second in a row in which Shenendehowa sent girls’ teams in each relay. That feat — and depth — is more impressive given the results the Plainsmen teams had at this year’s state championships.
“You can’t spread yourself too thin,” Cloutier said. “It’s another thing too, to have a chance to be on the podium.”
Shenendehowa did capture one state championship at the event. In the 800-meter run, Reale’s mark of 2:10.47 was tops for Division I competitors, while it was the third-fastest time when including federation runners.
“Her preparation [was] about as flawless as you can get,” Cloutier said of Reale.
HURDLING TOWARD 2017
Representing the Shenendehowa boys’ team at the championships was junior Nick Michalowski in the 110-meter hurdles.
Michalowski ran a 14.59 in the semifinals, a 14.86 in the Division I finals and a 14.81 in the federation finals. The junior came in fifth place in the Division I event and sixth place in the federation competition.
Michalowski said he entered the spring season wanting to show he could make it to the state championships. With that goal hit, his sights are on his next target.
“If I keep working, I know I can get first place next year,” he said.
JUMP & SHOT
Also competing as individuals at the state championships for Shenendehowa were junior Jill Shippee and Tudor.
Shippee competed in both the shot put and discus throw. Her best finish was fourth place in the girls’ Division I shot put with a mark of 39-10.25.
In the long jump, Tudor finished in third place in the girls’ Division I competition at 18-10 and then in second place in the federation finals at 18-9.75. Her Division I jump set a new school record.