Binghamton’s girls became the first track & field squad other than Vestal to capture the girls’ team championship in the Parkhurst Invitational.
The Patriots’ 82 points were 28 ahead of runner-up and host Union-Endicott on Saturday, when the boys title went to Ithaca courtesy of a 78-point total. Maine-Endwell and defending champion Vestal shared second place six points back.
Binghamton’s girls got top finishes from its 400-meter relay quartet, with anchor runner Anyah Wright subbing for an injured teammate, and from Alexis Daniels in the shot put.
Vestal senior Mike Egotanda was recognized as the top male field event performer following wins in the long and triple jumps. His long jump of 23 feet, 5½ inches knocked off a 38-year-old meet record, and the 47-1 triple jump was his personal best by a bunch.
“He’s starting to actually get the second phase (of the triple) down,” said Joe Nemecek, who coaches Vestal’s jumpers. “Now that he’s just starting to really figure out triple jump … He’s had long jump down last couple years but now he’s really starting to figure out triple. Realistically, I don’t think it’s out of hand for him to be shooting at 48. “
U-E sophomore Emily Mackay was recognized as the top female runner on the strength of wins in the 1,500 and 3,000. Both her 4:45.4 in the 1,500 and 10:34.69 in the 3,000 improved upon school records she’d already established, and the 3,000 time made for a meet record.
The meet was halted 57 minutes after its noon start as a storm moved through, and action resumed 40 minutes later. A second suspension was called at 2:52 p.m. when officials spotted lightning strikes nearby, and lasted 47 minutes.
Mackay persevered through a bit of confusion when the second stoppage was initiated. That came when she was on the backstretch of the last lap of the 1,500, heading the field, when an official bellowed over the PA system to halt the race.
“I got a little nervous,” she said. “When they made the announcement to stop the race, I actually stuttered, almost stopped. I slowed down, turned around and people were screaming at me to keep going.”
Mackay has yet to settle on which of her specialties will become her focus come June. Of her rapidly improving times, she said, “I just go out and run my own race. I look at where I’m seeded and plan my strategy, just go out there and do it I guess.”
U-E sophomore Tyler Hubeny emerged from an eventful 110-meter hurdles competition with his personal best, a 16.16-second clocking that bested Sean Callahan of Susquehanna Valley by 1-100th of a second.
Leading to that final, Vestal’s Dylan Hunt — No. 1 seed and last year’s Parkhurst runner-up — false-started his way into frustrating disqualification. Mike Palmer of Maine-Endwell placed third despite tumbling to the track over the last hurdle in the semi, and another competitor threw a shoe midway into his semi.
Hubeny came back with a fifth-place 1:02.26 in the 400 hurdles, a time posted despite running in the second-fastest of the timed sections.
Identified as top male on the track was Jean-Woudson Jean-Francois of Johnson City, who topped 100 runners in 11.42 seconds and was best in the 200 in 23.30.
Samantha Goble of Waverly successfully defended her 400-meter title, but had to fend off a school-record showing by Binghamton’s Nicole Leo for the title. Goble ran 58.75 to Leo’s 58.81.
Alex Laubert of Maine-Endwell came through as top seed with a winning 15.84 in the 100 hurdles, leaving teammate Allison Coughlin (16.50) Parkhurst runner-up for a second consecutive spring.
Binghamton’s Daniels turned in a catchy 37-foot, 10-inch put of the shot for that victory, but was less than thrilled with her fourth-place 104-9 in the discus — shy of what have become her standards.
“There’s always another day to do your best. Today wasn’t my day,” she said of the discus. She has an eye on a 42-foot mark in the shot, 125 in the discus and a return to state championship competition.
“That was my first year doing track so I didn’t know if I’d do well, I was surprised when I went to states (last spring),” she said. “And I got to see people who throw better than I do.”
The 400-meter relay win by Binghamton came with Wright replacing ace sprinter Jasmine Howard, who’d aggravated a back ailment. Wright along with Monique Avila, Chelsea Deuel and Madeeah Oranchak teamed for a 52.47-second clocking that bested second-place Dryden (52.66).
Dryden’s Abbey Yatsko made it a double-double on Saturday — twin victories in the 100- and 200-meter dashes for a second consecutive year.