Section 4 girls track and field competitors in pursuit of lofty goals

Section 4 girls track and field competitors in pursuit of lofty goals

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Section 4 girls track and field competitors in pursuit of lofty goals

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Union-Endicott senior Kathy Cadet embarks on her senior track & field season with an opportunity to post a rare triple-double: A three-peat of Section 4 championships in both the 100- and 400-meter hurdles.

Already holder of U-E’s record over 400 meters, she’ll have an eye on Ashley AuPont’s 100 hurdles standard (15.12 seconds), and could have a go at the Section 4 400 hurdles record established five years ago by Mari Giurastante (1:01.76).

Cadet will be among those targeting a start in June 7-8 state championships at Middletown High School. Here’s how the Section 4 girls track & field season shapes up:

Sprints

Maine-Endwell senior Casey Lee will defend Section 4 championships at both 100 and 200 meters. In the latter, the 3 through 7 finishers in the sectional final were underclassmen. Union-Endicott returns its STAC-championship 400 relay quartet intact in the form of Briana Stockdale, Brianna Rutherford, Madison Salmon and Cadet.

Jasmine Howard of Binghamton showed some versatility in the season-opening Binghamton Spring-Break Invitational, winning the 100 and placing fifth among discus throwers.

Middle distance

Jenna Cupp of Newark Valley was state runner-up outdoors at 800 meters (2:16.57), and proceeded to a fourth-place finish in Class C state cross country. She has committed to Monmouth University.

Runner-up to Cupp in the outdoor 800 was Rachel Hutchinson of Dryden, with Binghamton’s Abbie Bideaux third. Hutchinson placed eighth in the indoor states’ 1,000. Bideaux, Section 4 Class A cross country champ, will concentrate on the 3,000.

Kaylee Uhl of Waverly won the outdoor sectional 400 as a freshman, a race in which seven of the top eight were underclassmen. Elizabeth Jewiss of Marathon was sectional runner-up indoors at 1,000 meters and fourth in the 600, and last spring placed fourth in the sectional 800.

Distance

Corning sophomore Katie Butler claimed last year’s sectional steeplechase title, and teammate Morgan Gallagher was second in the sectional 3,000. Maddie Zeitz of Windsor was runner-up outdoors in the Section 4 1,500, and in the fall of her senior year ran sixth in Class C state cross country. Dryden’s Hutchinson at one point over the winter had the top Section 4 times at 1,000, 1,500 and 3,000 meters.

Hurdles

Before moving on to the track program at Manhattan College, Cadet will defend championships in both hurdles races. Last June at Cicero-North Syracuse, she ran 1:03.22 to place sixth overall in states over 400 meters.

Sophomore Julia Knapp of Bainbridge-Guilford/Afton was runner-up in Section 4 at 100 and third at 400. She went on to a fourth-place Division II finish in states at 100 meters. Owego sophomore Margot Springsteen figures to score her share of points in the 100 hurdles.

Throws

Returning are the Section 4 runners-up from last spring, Norwich’s Brooke Bonney in the shot put and Vestal’s Helen Merriwether in the discus. Merriwether would appear in fine form early based on her 102-1 effort Thursday.

Binghamton freshman Alexis Daniels, indoor sectional shot put champion with a school-record 35-7 1-4 effort, was best by a foot in that event in the Binghamton Invitational.

Back for their senior seasons are Samantha Mullineaux of Sidney, third indoors in the sectional shot, and Brittany Hagerman of Windsor, fifth outdoors.

Jumps

BGA’s Knapp was outdoor sectional runner-up and indoor champion in the long jump, and in the latter headed a 1-2-3 sophomore showing that included second-place Mackenzie Todd of Dryden and third-place Amari Hadlock of Elmira. Ruthie Weissmann of Vestal topped indoor sectional triple jumpers, with Hadlock third. Sophomore Kari Stromhaug of Vestal shared top honors in the indoor high jump with Megas Casler of Horseheads.

Teagan Perry of Windsor figures to have another go at the pentathlon. In last year’s STAC meet, she placed seventh in the 100 hurdles, sixth in the 400 hurdles and third in the high jump.

Pole Vault

Vestal’s Stromhaug cleared 11 feet to best the Section 4 field indoors after placing fourth outdoors as a freshman, and narrowly missed 11-6 clearance in a home meet Thursday. Charlsie Bowen of Tioga, third outdoors as a sophomore, cracked the top 10 in states with clearance of 10-6.

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