Hutchinson leads quartet of Purple Lions into states

Hutchinson leads quartet of Purple Lions into states

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Hutchinson leads quartet of Purple Lions into states

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Several local indoor track athletes earned berths in the upcoming state championships with their performances at the Section 4 state qualifier Saturday at Cornell’s Barton Hall, site of the state meet.

Dryden High senior Rachel Hutchinson took first in the girls’ 1,000 meters, in a personal-best and school-record time of 2 minutes, 57.32 seconds. Hutchinson, ranked among the nation’s leaders in the 1,000 this season, also placed second in the girls’ 1,500 meters in 5:09.23 but she will compete in just the 1,000 at states. Hutchinson was named girls’ track MVP for the meet.

Also advancing to states from Dryden were Abbey Yatsko, MacKenzie Todd and Will Holt. Yatsko broke the school record in the 300 meters, winning the event in a time of 41.53 seconds. She finished 1.6 seconds ahead of runner-up Emily Stiker of Corning.

Yatsko also qualified in the 55-meter dash with a personal-best time of 7.56, taking second in the event to Notre Dame’s Brittany Schutrum (7.33).

Todd finished second in the long jump with a leap of 16 feet, 71/4 inches, and earned a trip to states. And Holt placed second in the finals of the boys’ 55-meter hurdles in a time of 8.15 seconds, earning him his second trip to states.

Lansing’s Ben Eisenhut qualified for states in the boys’ 1,000 meters, finishing second in a time of 2.35.99, while Trumansburg’s Tyler Sutherland qualified with a second-place finish in the 3,200 meters (9:41.48).

Lansing also qualified three pole vaulters for states. In the girls’ event, Hayley Wigsten qualified second with a height of 9 feet, while the Bobcats swept the boys’ competition, Dylan Bland (13-0) and Max Jordan (12-6) taking 1-2.

The state meet is slated for this Saturday at Cornell.

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