Everything was in place, according to Tre’Maine Moore and Greece Olympia track and field coaches.
The Olympia boys 400-meter relay ranked among the fastest in all of Section V most of the season, let alone among those from Division II or small schools. And senior Carnell Noble was back, able to run Friday night during the Section V State Qualifier at Caledonia-Mumford., which was halted for about an hour because of lightning and rain before resuming.
“This was it,” Moore said. “We went to states with this team. We’ve been with C.J. (Noble) since we were freshmen and sophomores.”
Alpha Barry, Shane Presley, Moore and Noble are state qualifiers again. Their first-place finish in the Division II race in group-best 42.21 seconds qualified the relay for the state championships June 12-13 in Albany.
This foursome, last spring during the state championships in Cicero, finished second among relays from schools in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association. They also were runner-ups in the Federation competition, which includes schools from New York City and other sanctioning bodies.
“We want to win not just the four by one, but the state meet,” Barry said.
Noble, a two-time indoor 55 state champion, strained his right hamstring during a dual meet early in the season. He returned to action two weeks ago during the Monroe County Championships, but has let go of his hopes of becoming a state champion in the 100.
A senior, Noble won the Division II open 400, which does not require athletes to use starting blocks if they plan to win. He was a member of Olympia’s public school and Federation state champion 400 relay as a sophomore.
“Our team is so versatile, we can put anyone in and make it all work,” Barry said.
“This way, all of the pressure is not on CJ,” Moore said.
First-place finishers in every event automatically qualified for states.
Sodus senior Justina Sanders-Schifano and Livonia freshman Kayleigh Palotti were among the athletes who won more than one event.
So was Rush-Henrietta sophomore Sammy Watson, who set a meet record in the Division I girls 400 (55.16).
An additional athlete or relay also could advance to states if they were the top performer Friday among those who have met a performance standard during the season.
The School of the Arts girls 400 relay eliminated any doubt for themselves by winning the Division II race in 50.35.
“We were more concerned about hand-offs more than another team,” School of the Arts senior Clarissa Henry said.
One bad hand-off could cost a relay a position in the state championships, thus an entire season of work.
Jah-Nease McCullough, Henry and Shana Spinks from the School of the Arts advanced to the state championships last season. Jamellah Craven, a senior, joined this year’s outdoor relay.
2015 Section State Qualifier
Winners and qualifiers on standard
*Meet incomplete at deadline due to weather delay
Boys Division I/3,000-meter steeplechase: Donny Glavin (McQuaid) 9:48.58; 400 relay: McQuaid 43.03; 110 high hurdles: 1. Anthony Clark (Gates Chili) 14.62; 2. Kelly Brown (Wilson) 14.73; 1,600: 1. Isaac Goodman (Pittsford Mendon) 4:23.57; 400: 1. Calvary Rogers (Greece Athena/Odyssey) 48.79; 800: Paul Henry (Rush-Henrietta) 1:56.69.
Shot put: 1. Keanu Heedram (Rush-Henrietta) 56-feet-10 3/4 inches; 2. Christian Johnson (Victor) 54-0 3/4; Long jump: Jimmy Shih (Webster Schroeder) 21-9 1/2; Pole vault: 1. Ethan Maguire (Penfield) 15-4; 2. Kevin Palmisano (Canandaigua) 14-3; Discus: 1. Heedram (Rush-Henrietta) 150-1; 2. Johnson (Victor) 149-7; Triple jump: Shih (Webster Schroeder) 46-4 1/2;
100: 1. Byron Hearst (Greece Arcadia) 10.80; 2. Kelly Brown (Wilson) 10.91; 400 hurdles: Matt Barton (Victor) 56.14;
Boys Division II:/3,000 steeplechase: Dawson Bathgate (East Rochester) 9:43.91; 400 relay: Greece Olympia 42.21; 110 hurdles: 1. Warren Carter (Aquinas) 15.06; 6. Tony Sangregory (Warsaw); 1,600: Everett Geiger (Caledonia-Mumford) 4:23.21; 400: 1. Carnell Noble (Greece Olympia) 49.68; 2. Tyler Collins (Newark) 50.15; 800: Eddie Ely (Palmyra-Macedon) 1:56.79;
Shot put: 1. George Shaw (Geneseo) 51-6; 2. Jack Fox-Salah (Greece Olympia) 50-9; Long jump: 1. Anthony Butler (Letchworth) 22-1; 2. Tremaine Moore (Greece Olympia) 21-6 1/4; Triple jump: 1. Butler (Letchworth) 45-7; 2. Ryan McQuillen (Le Roy) 45-1; Pole vault: 1. Nathan Crane (Letchworth) 13-6; 2. Jack Bates (Bath) 13-6; Discus: Devon Koepp (Batavia) 139-8;
100: 1. Moore (Greece Olympia) 11.06; 2. Ray Anikwue (Letchworth) 11.07; 400 hurdles: 1. Jarrett Laskett (Batavia) 56.18; 7, Broderick Walker (Marion);
Girls Division I/2,000 steeplechase: Anna Kostarellis (Churchville-Chili) 7:12.93; 400 relay: 1. Rush-Henrietta 47.88; 2. Webster Thomas 49.22; 400: 1. Sammy Watson (Rush-Henrietta) 55.16; 2. Ceara Watson (Rush-Henrietta) 55.87; 800: Taylor Alloco (Hilton) 2:20.97;
Long jump: Lanae Tava-Thomas (Rush-Henrietta) 17-8; Discus: 1. Brianna Young (Brockport) 137-3; 2. Geralyn Halmond (Brockport) 114-10; Shot put: 1. Leah Hulbert (Rush-Henrietta) 36-7; 3. Rachel Richenberg (Canandaigua) 35-5; Triple jump: Darcy DeAngelis (Spencerport) 36-8 1/2;
100: 1. Thomas (Rush-Henrietta) 12.11; 2. Tori Thompson (Rush-Henrietta) 12.38; 3,000: Autumn Albrecht (Brockport) 10:08.79; 200: Hallie Buddendeck (Webster Thomas) 26.25;
Girls Division II/2,000 steeplechase: 1. Elsa Cole (Fillmore) 7:18.80; 2. Adrianna VanCuyck (Wayne) 7:18.80; 400 relay: 1. School of the Arts 50.35; 2. Greece Olympia 50.44; 1,500: 1, Kayleigh Palotti (Livonia) 4:43.38; 2. Tess Schilke (Fillmore) 4:48.56; 400: Lauren Chester (Greece Olympia) 58.42; 800: 1. Palotti (Livonia) 2:14.53; 2. Meghan Curtin (Wayland-Cohocton) 2:15.96;
Long jump: Justina Sanders-Schifano (Sodus) 17-5; 2. Jaiden Weitzel (Canisteo-Greenwood) 16-5; Discus: 1. Mady Dibble (Waterloo) 120-1; 6. Alyssa Smith (Wellsville) 100-10; Triple jump: Aubrianna Lantrip (Midlakes) 35-6;
100: 1. Lauren Ward (Avon) 12.51; 2. Travasia Singletary (Aquinas) 12.63; 3,000: Cole (Fillmore) 10:32.65; 200: 1. Singletary (Aquinas) 25.96; 2. Kate Nagel (Byron-Bergen/Elba) 26.01;