Vestal wins boys and girls team titles at Parkhurst Invitational

Vestal wins boys and girls team titles at Parkhurst Invitational


Vestal wins boys and girls team titles at Parkhurst Invitational



It was a mostly green-&-golden afternoon at the Parkhurst Invitational, in which Vestal swept boys and girls team championships Saturday and its high-flying, record-tying sophomore was best in show.

The Golden Bears’ girls claimed a third consecutive team title, their 71 points 10 better than runner-up Dryden and thanks in substantial part to a superlative day in the field by Kari Stromhaug.

The boys standings showed Vestal with 88 points, Ithaca 80 and Maine-Endwell 77, the latter total featuring erasure of a 36-year-old meet record in the high jump by senior Nick Vachon.

Most impressive singular-event showing on the track was turned in by Rachel Hutchinson of Dryden. She clocked 4 minutes, 39.04 seconds to win the 1,500-meter race going away. It was a personal best by a bunch and carved her out space among the all-time IAC elite.

Stromhaug had the stage to herself when, six hours-and-change into the meet and with other events long-since concluded, she cleared 12 feet, 1 inch in the pole vault to snatch a share of the Section 4 record. That was established three years ago by the Golden Bears’ Camille Ginyard.

She backed that victory with one in the triple jump on a personal-best 34-9 1/2 effort, and with 5-foot clearance as second-place high jumper.

Together, that made her an obvious choice as most outstanding female field-event performer.

Top female on the track was Dryden’s Abbey Yatsko, fastest in the 100- and 200-meter dashes and anchor of the 400 relay team. Most outstanding male on the track was Ithaca’s Bruce Greene, who matched Yatsko sprint-for-sprint-for-anchor.

But from a historical perspective, it was M-E’s Vachon making the day’s most significant splash — thus earning him recognition as top male in the field.

His top clearance in the high jump had been 6 feet, 4 inches, accomplished twice this spring. But Saturday he passed over 6-6 — a bar-wobbler to be sure but meet-record stuff nonetheless.

The previous standard, 6-5, was established in 1977 by Israel Howard of Elmira Free Academy.

“I’m not used to seeing a bar above my head in a high school meet,” said Mike Terboss, 6-foot-5 worth of U-E assistant coach.

The winning height enabled Vachon to supplant teammate Brenan Crowle as Maine-Endwell’s record-holder. Crowle cleared 6-5 last spring as part of his pentathlon grind.

“I was feeling pretty good. The weather was nice, I had my mark right, didn’t stutter at all,” said Vachon, who stands 6-3.

He didn’t miss clearing the bar until three unsuccessful goes at 6-7.

Crowle was front-and-center to root on his mate and to serve as photographer when Vachon posed post-competition standing before a bar positioned at 6-6 — a height that has him second-best at present among New York’s Division II participants.

“It certainly helps a lot,” Vachon said of his stable mate. “We try to better each other, it’s a nice, friendly competition. We like to see one another pass the records so we can go try to get ’em again.”

If not for Stromhaug — who might better get used to accepting this meet’s field-event award — Binghamton freshman Alexis Daniels may have gotten the call after sweeping the shot put and discus with throws of 34-10 and 111-5, respectively.

Do keep an eye on this youngster’s progress in upcoming weeks.

Union-Endicott senior Kathy Cadet captured a third consecutive 100 hurdles title (15.87), and was runner-up in the 400 hurdles (1:04.7) as well as the 200-meter dash — in which her 26.18 was 2-100ths back of Yatsko. That trifecta could safely be labeled the most successfully ambitious undertaking of the day, given precious little recovery time.


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