A quartet of Vestal athletes won their respective events at the Section 4 Indoor Track and Field State Qualifier held Saturday at Cornell. Winning for the Golden Bears was Mike Egotanda, Dylan Hunt, Megan Tinklepaugh and Kelsey Briggs.
Egotanda took first in both the triple jump and long jump events. His triple jump of 44 feet, 7 inches and his long jump of 22’10” were more than two feet farther than the second place finisher in each category. Hunt came out on top in the boys 55 meter hurdles finishing in 7.88 seconds.
Tinklepaugh won the girls 55 meter hurdles finishing in 9:26 and Briggs topped the girls triple jump with a showing of 34’09.”
Other local winners were Norwich’s Matt Murray who won the boys 600m run (1:23.22) and 300m dash (36.12). Binghamton’s Jasmine Howard placed first in the girls 55m dash (7.45) while Union-Endicott’s Emily MacKay’s time of 4:53.25 was the fastest in the 1500m run.
Murray was announced as the MVP of the running events and Egotanda the field events. Vestal pole vaulter Kari Stromhaut won MVP honors in the field events and Elmira’s Abbey Wheeler was MVP of running events.
The NYSPHSAA Indoor State Championships are March 1st at Cornell.
Harpursville 52, Bainbridge-Guilford 30: At SUNY Oneonta, Miranda Drummond led all scorers with 22 points to lead Harpursville to a victory in the Midstate Athletic Conference championship game. It is the fifth MAC title in six years for the Hornets (18-0) who are also ranked first in the state in Class C according to the New York Sportswriters Association.
Shelby Medovich and Tatiana Sosnowsky tallied 12 points each for the Hornets, who used a man to man defense to hold B-G to 13 second half points.
Morgan Bullis scored 12 points for B-G (12-6).
Southern Cayuga 61, Candor 50: At Tompkins Cortland Community College in Dryden, Emily Kopp scored 18 points to lead Southern Cayuga to a victory over Candor in the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Small School championship game.
Southern Cayuga led 21-7 after one quarter, then outscored the Indians 22-10 in the fourth quarter after relinquishing the lead in the third quarter.
“We have a nice mix of kids and we have some strong senior leadership,” Southern Cayuga coach Ed Heslop said. “When we got a little bit out of sorts, we kept our composure and got back to what we do.”
Kopp was fouled after stealing the ball and hit two free throws with 6 minutes, 40 seconds left to give Southern Cayuga the lead for good, 42-41. Southern Cayuga (16-2) outscored Candor 18-10 the rest of the game.
Courtney Short, who scored 11 points for Candor, fouled out in the fourth quarter and Southern Cayuga pulled away. Sierra Szwec led Candor with 22 points.
Moravia 57, Newfield 37: At Tompkins Cortland Community College, Chandler Benson scored 20 points as Moravia earned its fourth Interscholastic Athletic Conference Small School title in the last five years with a victory over Newfield.
Benson, a 6-foot-7 senior center, scored 14 points in the first half as the Blue Devils built a 30-11 halftime lead. Moravia led by as many as 27 in the third quarter and Benson didn’t play in the fourth quarter.
Cole Johnson added 12 points for Moravia (17-1), which has won two straight IAC titles after winning back-to-back in 2010 and 2011. Brett Denman scored 11 points. Devin Cooper had 20 points for Newfield (15-2). Brian Barrett added nine points on three 3-pointers.
Barrett was hit with a technical foul in the first half and Denman converted both free throws for the final two points of the first half.
Binghamton victorious at state qualifier: At Valley Bowling Center in Waverly, the host Wolverines finished second behind Binghamton at the Section 4 state qualifier.
Binghamton had a score of 3,043 to earn a trip to the state meet, which is March 1 and 2 at AMF Babylon Lanes in West Babylon. Waverly had a score of 2,970.
Among those earning spots on the state team were Juile McNeill and Jenna Dean of Binghamton. Other qualifiers include Hailey Blencowe and Julie Collins of Corning, Emily Loucks of Oneonta, Molleigh Malanoski of Thomas A. Edison and Temma Comfort of Elmira. Union-Endicott’s Renee Marcyan is an alternate.