Elmira senior Cory McCarty captured a state championship in the boys 1,000-meter run Saturday at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association indoor track and field championships at Cornell University’s Barton Hall.
McCarty finished in 2 minutes, 29.90 seconds to edge Alec Peinkofer of Baldwinsville, who finished in 2:30.39. Peinkofer was in the second heat and McCarty in the third.
“It was a tactical race, although I did try to take it out a little faster,” McCarty said. “I knew that I was on about the same pace as the winner of the first heat, so I knew I had to kick it in.”
Last year, McCarty placed fifth in the 1,000 at the indoor championships in 2:30.23 and went on to finish fifth in the 800 meters at the state outdoor meet.
This was the first victory at a state meet for McCarty in a strong career that has included several appearances at the state indoor and outdoor championships, along with a state Federation freshman outdoor record in the 800 in 2010.
“It really hadn’t set in for a while, but it’s a big accomplishment,” McCarty said. “I wanted to do it last year, but doing it my senior year is still pretty good.”
McCarty plans to run in the 800 meters next weekend at the New Balance Indoor Nationals at the Armory in New York City.
After his victory, McCarty helped Elmira place 10th in the 3,200 run in 8:10.57. The relay also included Seth Kramer, Brendan Collins and Shaun Kurcoba.
Corning senior Steve Rossettie finished third in the boys 1,600 meters in 4:18.14. Nick Ryan of Fayetteville-Manlius won in 4:14.02.
“I had a (school) play all this week, so I was kind of sleep deprived,” Rossettie said. “But I was able to draft off of Nick Ryan. He’s an awesome runner and I felt like if I could draft off him, I could get through at least 800 and then hopefully not die too hard.
“(Ryan) was great and the other guys were coming after me. I gave it my all not to die. One of them got me, but I held the other one off and I was thrilled.”
Also for Corning, senior Wynn Curtis finished sixth in the 55 hurdles in 7.75 seconds.
Curtis also joined Zachary Sullivan, Elijah Cherry and Sterling France in finishing fifth in the 800 relay in 1:35.92.
Other boys results:
* Elmira: Jerry McPeak came up two-thousandths of a second short of qualifying for the semifinals in the 55 dash with his time of 6.700 seconds. He ended up 17th overall.
In the long jump, McPeak fouled on all four of his attempts.
Justin Judson finished 32nd in the 300 dash in 38.05.
* Corning: The Hawks’ 1,600 relay of Cullen Vaughn, Gabe Enicks, Zack Bush and Aiden Collins placed 13th in 3:44.16.
Zachary Sullivan finished 19th in the 55 dash in 6.71 and John McCarthy placed 33rd in the 1,600 in 4:41.89.
* Horseheads: Robert Scherb tied for 16th in the high jump with a top effort of 6 feet.
Justin Earnest finished 26th in the 600 dash in 1:26.83. Norwich’s Matt Murray won in 1:20.61.
* Elmira Notre Dame: Carl Shen finished 20th in the long jump with a leap of 19 feet, 10.25 inches.
* Notre Dame: Brittany Schutrum placed 27th in the 55 dash with her prelim time of 7.57 seconds.
The Crusaders’ 800 relay of Deborah Diarra, Mary Pelkowski, Victoria Schutrum and Brittany Schutrum placed ninth in 1:48.95. The team ended up one spot shy of qualifying for the finals.
* Elmira: The 3,200 relay of Khiere Ashley, Jordynn Kurcoba, Abbey Wheeler and Melinda Wheeler finished 11th in 9:56.29.
Also for the Express, Alexis VanOsdol finished 12th in the 1,500 racewalk in 7:57.90, Abbey Wheeler placed 14th in the 3,000 in 10:23.60, and Melinda Wheeler placed 20th in the 1,500 in 4:52.86.
* Corning: Jackie Vaughn took 18th in the 1,500 racewalk in 8:31.91, Katie Butler finished 21st in the 3,000 in 10:45.63, Emily Stiker was 28th in the 300 dash in 44.84 and Mia Bates finished 30th in the 1,500 in 5:39.44.
* Horseheads: Megan Casler placed 19th in the high jump with a top effort of 5 feet, and 21st in the triple jump with a leap of 33 feet, 10 inches.
* Waverly: The 1,600 relay of Liia Carpenter, Samantha Goble, Lea McMahon and Kaylee Uhl finished 10th in 4:11.01.
In the 600, Uhl placed 27th in 1:45.74 and Goble placed 30th in 1:50.13.