Rush-Henrietta’s Sammy Watson finishes in first in the 1,000-meter race at the Trent Jackson/Cedric Walker Invitational at The College at Brockport on Saturday. Watson set the meet and facility record during the race.
Three first-place finishes in record fashion sounds like a good afternoon for a sprinter.
Forget the day however — it’s been a good season for Rush-Henrietta sophomore Sammy Watson.
Saturday meant another Section V record, as older sister Ceara Watson, Lanae-Tava Thomas, Sammy Watson and Tori Thompson lowered their girls 800-meter relay mark to 1 minute, 42.85 seconds during the third Trent Jackson/Cedric Walker Invitational at the College at Brockport.
“It’s been a good day, a successful day,” Sammy Watson said. “We won a lot of the events (as team or individuals). We work hard, so I’m happy.”
The Section V 800 or 4 x 200 relay before this season was 1:44.42, set by a group from Edison at the 2012 indoor state meet.
Thomas, Thompson and the Watson sisters broke the record the first time on Jan. 10, when they ran the race in 1:43.99 during the Dartmouth Relays in Hanover, New Hampshire. The finish also was a Dartmouth Relays-record, in the 46th edition of the meet.
“We ran at Dartmouth to work on hand-offs because we wanted to break it out down here,” Rush-Henrietta coach Mike DeMay said. “You feel that Trent and Cedric (the late coaches who the meet is named after) would love to watch a good relay.
“We wanted to put in our best effort. We looked like we knew what we were doing.”
Ceara Watson and Thompson are juniors, while Thomas is a freshman. Together, with Sammy Watson, they also set the Section V sprint medley relay record at 4:07.78 last month during the Marine Corps Holiday Classic in the Bronx.
“All four are special and they all like each other,” DeMay said. “They have this bond to run well for each other, as well as the program. They cheer for each other in individual events.
“There’s not a bad bone amongst them.”
Sammy Watson’s teammates had plenty to cheer, as she also set Trent Jackson/Cedric Walker meet records in the 300 (40.34) and 1,000 (2:56.15).
“We’re going to the New Balance Games (Jan. 23-24 in the Bronx), so I’m excited about that,” Sammy Watson said. “It’s because of the competition, so I’m excited for us.”
Spectators at Brockport looked up at the facility’s message board and applauded after 55 dash winners C.J. Noble, a senior at Greece Olympia, and Thomas crossed the finish line.
Thomas, a Democrat and Chronicle All-Greater Rochester team member last spring as an eighth-grader, hustled down the straightaway in a meet-record 7.09 seconds. Penfield sophomore Abby Frank (7.29), the runner-up, was in a lane to Thomas’ left and ran her fastest time of the winter.
“There was a lot of adrenaline, and my circulation was OK, my blood-sugar was normal and I just went out there,” Thomas said. “The people in the race (including Thompson) pushed me a lot more than I thought, and it got my adrenaline going and I ended up finishing really good.”
Noble remains ahead of a seemingly growing pack of sprinters in Greece. He won the 55 boys final in a personal-best 6.40, a meet record formerly held by Greece Athena graduate Brian Smith (6.44).
“It’s exciting to run that fast,” Noble said. “I never knew I could run that fast, honestly.
“And yeah, a whole bunch of people in Greece run fast. I feel that it’s an advantage for me, because it pushes me, helps me to work.”
Trent Jackson/Cedric Walker Invitational
Set individual meet records Jan. 17:
Colin Blair (Lancaster): Weight throw (54 feet-1.50 inches).
Samantha Caro (Canandaigua): 200-meter hurdles (30.25 seconds).
Anthony Clark (Gates Chili): 55 hurdles (7.69).
Darcy DeAngelis (Spencerport): Triple jump (36-5.25).
Gina Graziani (Lancaster): Weight throw (41-5).
Olivia Harbol (Palmyra-Macedon): 1,500 race walk (7:13.82).
Steven Neumaier (Lancaster): 1,000 (2:34.15).
C.J. Noble (Greece Olympia): 55 dash (6.40).
Meaghan Schwartz (Gates Chili): 55 hurdles (8.57).
Jimmy Shih (Webster Schroeder): Triple jump (46-11.25)
Lanae-Tava Thomas (Rush-Henrietta): 55 dash (7.09).
Ceara Watson (Rush-Henrietta): 600 (1:37.68).
Sammy Watson (Rush-Henrietta): 300 (40.34) and 1,000 (2:56.15).