Rush-Henrietta's Thomas warming up at states

Rush-Henrietta's Thomas warming up at states


Rush-Henrietta's Thomas warming up at states


Rush-Henrietta's Lanae-Tava Thomas won the girl's long jump with a jump of 19-06.25 feet at the His and Hers track meet at Penfield High School.

Rush-Henrietta’s Lanae-Tava Thomas won the girl’s long jump with a jump of 19-06.25 feet at the His and Hers track meet at Penfield High School.

CICERO — Lanae-Tava Thomas set one Section V record, helped reset another and had the second-fastest 100-meter dash time among girls by the end of Friday afternoon.

And it may just be the start for Thomas at the high school track and field state championships at Cicero-North Syracuse.

The state meet concludes Saturday with Federation state finals and more New York State Public High School Athletic Association championships. Federation finals include athletes from sanctioning bodies in the state other than the NYSPHSAA such as New York City’s Public School Athletic League and the Catholic High School Athletic Association.

Not many, if any, athletes were better than Thomas, a sophomore at Rush-Henrietta. She is an elite performer on a team that seems to add at least one to that level each track season.

Thomas long jumped 20 feet, 8 inches in the Division I (large schools) competition. That broke the Section V record of 20-¼ set by Brighton graduate Marlena Robinson 19 years ago.

“I’m looking to go 20-10½ inches, well three-quarters,” Thomas said. “I’m looking to break the state record.”

Rush-Henrietta’s 400-meter relay of Tori Thompson, Stephanie Nwachi, Adama Donzo and Thomas won the Division I final and set the Section V record while doing so for the second consecutive year. The 47.40 winning time bested last year’s 47.55 at State University of Albany.

“Expect more from us,” Thomas said.

The Rush-Henrietta relay had to turn back a rare challenge to win, however. North Rockland of Section I was runner-up in 47.46. The only time R-H’s 400 relay has not crossed the finish line first was at Penn Relays, according to Thomas.

“It was really close, we were neck and neck,” Donzo said. “Usually, when we run, I don’t really feel anyone behind me, but today I was fighting for that spot. It was close.

“That just hit me, I didn’t even know (we set the record). Wow, that’s exciting. We’ve been really trying to get our time down since last year. We still hadn’t broke our time from last year, but today we did it.”

The Section V girls 100 record — 11.88 by East High graduate Zilla Higgs 25 years ago and by Thomas last week at Penn Yan — may soon belong only to the Rush-Henrietta sprinter. She covered her heat race at C-NS in 11.68, but the tailwind was too strong during the race for the run to be considered a record.

“It felt like I was going a lot faster, just turning over the foot speed,” Thomas said with a smile. “But in my heart (it is a record).”

Athletes interrupt their warm-up routines to see Thomas run or jump, just like people stop to watch Rush-Henrietta junior teammate Sammy Watson. Remember those pair of state titles Watson won last year in Albany, the open 400 and the 1,500 for distance runners?

Waterloo girls indoor track

Waterloo girls indoor track

Watson is halfway through that state championships and has repeated as the 400 champion in 54.34 seconds. Waterloo senior Mady Dibble also claimed a state title after she won the Division II discus throw. The competition’s No. 1 seed’s winning toss was 122-8.

Letchworth senior Anthony Butler gave Section V a sweep of the boys triple jump state titles. Butler bounded out to 48-11 to take the Division II event.

McQuaid senior Tobi Tella won the Division I competition after he reached 50-10¾. Only two boys in Section V history have recorded 50-foot triple jumps, Tella and Webster Schroeder graduate Gary Jones, the section record-holder at 51-5¼.

Tobi Tella McQuaid senior Tobi Tella

Tobi Tella McQuaid senior Tobi Tella

“It doesn’t feel real to me,” Tella said about his first state championship. “It doesn’t seem like it was that long ago that I was just a sophomore watching the triple jump from the other side of the fence. It’s just crazy.”

Tella was the highest finishing American during the high school boys triple jump at Penn Relays, after he covered 48-8¼. He jumped 50-½ last week at Penn Yan during Section V’s qualifier for the state championships.

State high school track federation and public championships

at Cicero-North Syracuse H.S.

Section V finalists and entrants advancing from preliminaries. In combined finals, Federation finish listed first, public in parentheses. First of two days.


Division I

110-meter high hurdles preliminaries: 4th of 18.  Kelly Brown (Wilson-V) 14.40; 100 prelims: 2nd of 20: Kelly Brown (Wilson-V) 10.69; 400: 1. Kyree Johnson (Huntington-XI) 48.53; 9. Noah Williams (McQuaid-V) 49.59; 14. Miles James (Churchville-Chili-V) 51.41; 800: 1. (1) Eion Nohilly (John Jay-I) 5. (4) Ben Bulkeley (Fairport-V) 1:54.59; 9. (7)  Mike Mallow (Fairport-V) 1:55.27; 3,200: 1. Ben Petrella (Liverpool-III) 8:52.42, 6. (4) 9:12.45, 24. (13) Isaac Goodman (Pittsford Mendon) 9:42.51. 200 prelims: 2nd of 16. Kelly Brown (Wilson-V) 21.96; 5th of 16. Noah Williams (McQuaid-V) 22.00; 400 intermediate hurdles: 1. Infinite Tucker (Huntington-XI) 52.74; 13. Atiba McLaren (McQuaid-V) 59.14; 400 relay: 1. Binghamton-III 42.31; 11. McQuaid-V (Atiba McLaren, Daniel Rooney, Noah Williams, Tobi Tella) 43.72; 1,600 relay: 1. Huntington-XI 3:15.63; 12. Rush-Henrietta-V (Aiden Daniels, Ben Hulbert, Brandon George, Stephen Beckham) 3:28.65. Long jump: 1. Rayvon Grey (Beacon-XI) 25-4¾, 11. (9) Myles McKinney (Churchville-Chili) 21-6¾. Triple jump: 1. Tobi Tella (McQuaid-V) 50-10¾.  Pole vault: 1. Shot put: 1. Colin Blair (Lancaster-VI) 62-6¼, 8. Tyler Felder (Honeoye Falls-Lima-V) 48-9. Discus: 1. Sam Wray (Starpoint-VI) 181-1, 11. (10) Thomas Coene (Webster Thomas-V) 181-11.

Division II

 110 hurdles preliminaries: 1st of 14. Tony SanGregory (Warsaw-V) 14.65; 100: 4th of 17. Ray Anikwue (Letchworth-V) 10.85; 7th of 17 Tre’Maine Moore (Greece Olympia-V) 11.01; 400: 1. Daniel Harden (Marathon) 48.94; 2. Anthony Smith (University Prep-V) 49.31; 5. Eddie Ely (Palmyra-Macedon-V) 49.85; 800: 4. (1.) Owen Barber (Allegany Limestone) 1:54.38; 17. (8.) Ethan Graves (Whitesville-V) 1:57.92; 3,200:  3. (1) Dan Schaffer (Maine-Endwell-IV) 8:57.50, 27. (13) Alex Hogue (Wheatland-Chili) 10:04.74. 200 prelims: 3rd of 19. Ray Anikwue (Letchworth-V) 22.42; 7th of 19 Anthony Smith (University Prep-V) 22.56; 400 hurdles: 1. Zachary Jones (Holland) 55.04; 3, Tony SanGregory (Warsaw-V) 56.71; 400 relay: 1. Beekmantown 43.38; 4. Greece Olympia-V (Tre’Maine Moore, Alpha Berry, Josua McCleary, Simeon Harris) 43.47; 12. Letchworth-V (Mathew Holmes, Dakota VanOcker, Trevor Owens, Tim Frew) 47.09. 1,600 relay: 1. Pearl River 3:26.30; 9. Wellsville-V (Cooper Buckley, James Embser, Mike Giopulos, Jake Whitehouse) 3:30.96. Long jump: 1. Jesse Scanlon (Southampton-XI) 22-8, 5. Tre’Maine Moore (Greece Olympia) 21-11¼. Triple jump: 1. Anthony Butler (Letchworth) 48-11, 5. Adonis Davis (Batavia-V) 45-7. Pole vault: 1. Shot put: 1. Jack Zimmerman (Briarcliff-I) 58-5½, 5. Anthony Ray (Batavia-V) 51-0, 11. George Shaw (Geneseo-V) 47-1¼. Discus: 1. Nick Kocienda (Seaford-VIII) 160-8, 6. Anthony Ray (Batavia-V) 142-10, 8. Killian Lewis (Pembroke-V) 142-10.

Complete results on-line at


Division I

 100 preliminaries: 2nd of 22. Lana-Tava Thomas (Rush-Henrietta-V) 11.68. 200 prelims: 1st of 18. Lanae-Tava Thomas (Rush-Henrietta-V) 24.10. 400 meters: 1.  Sammy Watson (Rush-Henrietta-V) 54.34. 800: 1. (1) Hannah Reale (Shenendehowa-II) 2:10.47, 10. (9) Natalie Neamtu (Webster Thomas-V) 2:14.58. 3,000: 1. Jessica Lawson (Corning-IV) 9:24.36, 8. Amanda Vestri (Webster Thomas) 9:48.84, 17. Elsa Cole (Fillmore-V) 10:14.33, 25. Chloe Weaver (Red Creek-V) 10:32.91. 100 hurdles prelims: 8th of 20. Chima Dimgba (Greece Athena-V) 15.08. 400 hurdles: 1. (1) Alyssa Sandy (Paul Robeson-PSAL) 1:01.11, 4. (3) Erika Tillotson (Victor-V) 1:02.47. 400 relay: 1. (1) Rush-Henrietta-V (Stephanie Nwachi, Adama Donzo, Tori Thompson, Lanae-Tava Thomas) 47.40. (Sec. V record). 1,600 relay: 1. (1) West Babylon-XI 3:49.90, 12. (11) Fairport-V (Samantha Ritter, Julia Flocco, Emily Fish, Sinead Sargeant) 4:01.79. Long jump: 1. Lana-Tava Thomas (Rush-Henrietta-V) 20-8 (Sec. V record), 11. Morgan Femiano (Greece Arcadia-V) 17-11¼. Triple jump: 1.  Denisha West (Westbury-VIII) 40-¼, 11. Colleen Eckl (Pittsford Mendon-V)  36-9¼. 17. Olivia Lewis (Churchville-Chili-V) 35-10. Pole vault: 1. (1) Bethany Cripps (Central Square-III) 12-8, 6. (6) Earnie Burapan (Hilton-V) 11-3. Shot put: 1. Alexis Daniels (Binghamton-IV) 44-11¾, 6. Leah Hulbert (Rush-Henrietta-V) 38-¼, ulbert HulHDiscus: 1. Alexis Daniels (Binghamton-IV) 137-2, 5. Leah Hulbert (Rush-Henrietta) 124-3.

Division II

 100 prelims: 6th of 21. Nazjahe Boswell (World of Inquiry-V) 12.68. 200 prelims: 5th of 15. Kiaya Franklin (Batavia-V) 25.1. 400: 1. Emily Cluck (Johnson City-IV) 56.47,  6. Kiaya Franklin (Batavia) 58.71. 800: 1. Sage Hurta (Hamilton-III) 2:08.57, 10. (9) Hayleigh Palotti (Livonia-V) 2:12.79, 14. (13) Natalie Neamtu (Webster Thomas-V)  2:14.58. 3,000: 1. 100 hurdles prelims: 2nd of 19. Aubrianna Lantrip (Midlakes) 15.21. 400 hurdles: 1. Natalie Bernstein (The Spence School-AIS) 1:03.57, 3. (2) Kelsy Hastings (Letchworth-V) 1:05.21. 400 relay: 1. (1) Tapestry Charter-VI  49.30, 7. (7) Kendall-V (Lyndsay Wright, TT Requa, Taylor Rutland, Maya Rutland) 50.30. 1,600 relay: 1. (1) Christian Brothers Academy Syracuse-III 3:59.05, 8. (8) Wayland-Cohocton (Taylor Quackenbush, Madison Lewis, Maggie McAllister, Meghan Curtin) 4:05.44. Long jump: 1. Samantha Spinella (Depew-VI) 17-9¾, 7. Emily Tait (Attica) 16-9¾. Triple jump: 1. Kathleen Cibuls (Bayport-Bluepoint-XI) 38-10½, 3. Aubrianna Lantrip (Midlakes-V) 38-½, 4. Chanyce Powell (Albion-VI) 37-7½, 8. Jaiden Weitzel (Canisteo-V) 35-9½. Pole vault: 1. (1) Emily Gallagher (Lansing-III) 11-9, 16. (16) Morgan Adams (Pavilion-V) 10-0, 17. (17) Hannah Duttweiler (Pembroke-V) 10-0. Shot put: 1. Kaitlin Kline (Cobleskill-II) 39-7, 8. Mady Dibble (Waterloo) 36-3¾. Discus: 1. Mady Dibble (Waterloo) 122-8, 5. Rebecca Krenzer (Notre Dame Batavia-V) 114-1.

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