Steve Arnett called it a “banner day” for his Arlington High School indoor track and field program.
The Admirals qualified five individuals and one relay for the New York State Public High School Athletic Association championship meet to lead the locals at Wednesday’s Section 1 State Qualifier held at the Armory Track and Field Center in New York.
Zola Golden took first place in the girls 55-meter dash (7.18 seconds) and 300 (37.91). Her time in the 300 was the fastest in the nation this season, ranks No. 9 all-time nationally and set a state record by a junior runner.
Bella Burda won the girls 3,000 in 9:59.98 and Kylie McFall qualified in the 600 with her second-place time of 1:38.71.
For the Arlington boys, James Asselmeyer qualified for the state meet by placing second in the 1,000. His time of 2:26.12 is the best all time by a junior in the state.
Asselmeyer also ran a leg of Arlington’s state-qualifying 3,200 relay, joining Steve Morrison, Tom Wimmers and Tym Lotocky.
Arlington sprinter Trenten Beram qualified for the state meet by winning the 55 (6.40) and taking second in the 300 (34.16). Beram’s time in the 55 is the best in the state this season, topping his own previous mark.
Beacon qualified four athletes for the state meet — Paige Baisley (girls high jump), James Brown (boys high jump), Terrel Davis (boys long jump) and Rayvon Grey (boys long and triple jumps).
Roy C. Ketcham’s Leah Wachsmuth cleared 11 feet to win the girls pole vault and qualify for the state meet, scheduled for March 1 at Cornell University in Ithaca.