Corning athletes won eight events and Elmira athletes took first in five events Saturday at the Section 4 indoor track and field state qualifier at Cornell University’s Barton Hall.
The top two finishers in each individual event and third-place finishers who met the state standard earned berths to the New York State Championships, along with winning relay teams. The state meet is March 7 at Barton Hall.
Defending state champion Jessica Lawson of Corning won the 3,000-meter run in 10 minutes, 3.10 seconds. Elmira’s Abbey Wheeler finished second in 10:06.08 and teammate Jessica Thatcher took third in 10:25.20. Thatcher will compete in the 3,000 at states, with Wheeler running in the 1,500 after she won that event Saturday (4:43.15).
Lawson and Wheeler were named co-Most Valuable Players for the girls meet.
Taylor Jubilee won the long jump (17 feet, 1/4 inch) and the triple jump (36 feet) among Corning’s seven girls victories. Other Hawks girls winners were Madeline Ustanik in the 1,000 (2:55.65), Anne Wozniak in the 55 hurdles (9.51), Emma Mason in the 1,500 racewalk (8:03.63) and the 3,200 relay (9:47.19). Michaela Burrell took second in the 55 dash (7.43) and Katie Butler qualified for states in the 1,500 (third in 4:48.31).
Boys winners for Corning were Jared Moore in the 1,600 (4:26.54) and Alex Hepburn in the high jump (5-10). Second-place finishers for Corning were Peter Kane in the 1,600 (4:26.61) and Anthony Prestigiacomo in the pole vault (12 feet, 6 inches).
Elmira’s Khiere Ashley won the 600 (1:37.70) and teammate Amari Hadlock placed second in the long jump (16 feet, 5.75 inches).
The Elmira boys got wins from the 3,200 relay (8:17.16), Jon Fleming in the shot put (46 feet, 8.5 inches) and Ben Cardamone III in the 3,200 (9:33.23). The Express’ Jerry McPeak took second in the 55 dash (6.72).
Elmira Notre Dame won the girls 800 relay (1:50.38) and Joe Barkley added a win in the boys weight throw (46 feet, 2.75 inches). The Crusaders got runner-up girls finishes from Chase Yoder in the 1,000 (3:02.22), Jordyn Naylor in the 1,500 racewalk (8:36.36) and Anna Lackner in the weight throw (37 feet, 3.75 inches).
Horseheads won the boys 1,600 relay (3:34.83) and had two individual state qualifiers, with John Nitterour placing second in the 600 (1:24.58) and Sean Strayer third in the 300 (37.02).
Also qualifying for states were Watkins Glen’s Patrick Hazlitt in the 1,600 and Waverly’s Kate Oteng-Bediako in the long jump.
Boys intersectional relay members include John Sepelak of Horseheads, Brian Bates of Corning and Cabin Seymour of Elmira. Girls intersectional relay members include Pearl Cooper of Corning, Kaylee Uhl of Waverly, Mackenzie Tubbs of Elmira, Thatcher and Burrell.
Cardamone won the boys Sportsmanship Award.
Watkins Glen 70, Greene 30: At Watkins Glen, the top-seeded Senecas outscored eighth-seeded Greene 39-13 in the second half of their Section 4 Class C quarterfinal.
Luke Flahive led the Senecas (16-1) with 24 points. Colin Gates scored 20.
Watkins Glen hosts fourth-seeded Moravia (16-4) in a semifinal at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Jordan Harrington and Joe Miranda had 11 points each for Greene.
Corning’s Cagir 21st in 50 freestyle: At the New York State Championships at Ithaca College, Corning junior Reid Cagir finished 21st in the 50-yard freestyle and 23rd in the 100 freestyle.
Cagir’s time in the bonus finals of the 50 freestyle was 22.03 seconds. His 100 freestyle time was 49.04 seconds.
Horseheads competed in the bonus finals of the 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay. The 200 medley relay team placed 21st in 1:40.72 and the 400 freestyle relay team was disqualified.
Also for Horseheads, junior Kenyon Winkky placed 23rd in the 100 backstroke in 54.52.
Ithaca’s Kevin Miller finished second in the 500 freestyle (4:28.99) for the best finish for a Section 4 swimmer. He placed seventh in the 200 freestyle (1:42.57).
Elmira/Horseheads 4, Johnson City 3: Dylan Gaylord had two goals and an assist for Elmira, which beat Johnson City in a five-round shootout in the first round of the Broome County High School Hockey Association playoffs.
Jack Peterson, Bryce Beecher and Dan Dimon had shootout goals for Elmira/Horseheads. Brooks Vertoski had a goal and an assist and Peterson had an assist. Mason Squires made 22 saves.