Track and field: Arlington takes sectional title, Beacon excels

Track and field: Arlington takes sectional title, Beacon excels


Track and field: Arlington takes sectional title, Beacon excels


The Arlington High School boys team took the Section 1 Class A indoor track and field championship on Sunday at the Armory Track and Field Complex in New York, and the Beacon boys took second in the Class A competition, earning four first-place finished individually.

Arlington’s efforts on the boys’ side were highlighted by individual titles from Chris Koenitzer in the 600-meter dash (1:22.1) and Stefan Buechele in the pole vault (14-6). The Admirdals’ quartet of Tym Lotocky, Tom Wimmers, James Asselmeyer and Sibby Hanson also placed first in the 3,200 relay (8:11.40).
Wimmers was second individually in the 1,000, while Hanson (3,200), Peter Garson (300), and Shawn Cherian (pole vault) all earned third-place finishes. Arlington earned 74.5 total points, easily topping second-place Lakeland/Walter Panas’ 54.
Roy C. Ketcham placed 12th in Class AA, two spots in front of John Jay, led by Ray Bartolucci’s third-place finish in the 1,600. Dante Harris was third for the Patriots in the 55 dash.
Erik Gaster was a two-time Class A champion for Beacon in the pole vault (12-6) and long jump (19-11.5, while Ryan Kuka was first in the triple jump (42-3.25), second in the 55 hurdles and fourth in the long jump.
James Brown also earned a title for Beacon in the high jump (6-4), while Chris Verde was third in the long jump. Beacon’s 78 points came up 20 short of Tappan Zee.
Poughkeepsie was fifth in Class A, led by the Malik Lewis, Jordan Finch, Daniel Hill and Jahvan Maxwell, who teamed to win the 800 relay, and also placed third through sixth, respectively, in the 55 dash. Hill also placed second in the 300 dash.

Arlington girls fourth

Delphi Cleaveland and Bella Burda each earned individual titles in helping Arlington place fourth in the Class AA girls championship, with Cleaveland winning the 1,500 (4:40.50) and Burda taking the 3,000 (9:33.90). Alexa Wandy helped out with a second-place finish in the long jump, while Zola Golden sprinted to fourth in the 55 and the 300.
Claire Gomba (1,000) and Amanda Giusto (long jump) each placed third for John Jay, which finished ninth as a team, and Leah Wachsmuth’s second-place finish in the pole vault helped Ketcham take 10th.
Beacon and Poughkeepsie finished ninth and 10th, respectively, in Class A. Paige Baisley earned the high jump title for the Bulldogs (5-1), while Poughkeepsie’s 800 relay finished second.


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