Section V’s Winter Track and Field list of records for girl athletes continues to turn to green, gold and black, the school colors of Rush-Henrietta, or at least it seems that way.
The same goes for the Trent Jackson/Cedric Walker Invitational meet records.
Rush-Henrietta junior Sammy Watson lowered the Section V indoor 600-meter record she owned and the time to beat among high school sprinters in the United States on Saturday during the invitational to 1 minute, 31.38 seconds at The College at Brockport. That was not all from the outdoor junior world 400 champion, who also won the girls 300 dash in 40.61 seconds.
“I don’t know, I just want to PR (set personal records in events),” Watson said. “I’m not sure what I want to do for states or nationals, yet. I just want to keep improving, break my records, try new events and get better at those events.”
Watson followed sophomore teammate Stephanie Nwachi, senior Tori Thompson and sophomore Lanae-Tava Thomas in Rush-Henrietta’s 800, or 4 by 200, relay that reset the Section V record to 1:41.49. Thompson, Thomas, Watson and older sister Ceara Watson set the previous sectional record at 1:42.87 last year at Rochester Institute of Technology
“We always want to win and do our best,” Thompson said. “It’s an accomplishment when you set a new record or a new personal-best time. We’re really happy, we never get bored with it.”
Jumping on to the national stage for high school track and field also is still exciting.
Thomas, already owner of the nation’s fastest 55 dash by a girl this winter at 6.90 seconds, will also probably show up on the nation’s long jump leaderboard after she launched herself to a distance of 20 feet. That topped the Section V record she set at 19-10 1/2 last month in Ithaca. The meet record was 17-7 1/2, and now belongs to the state 55 dash sophomore record-holder, who won the sprint final in 6.99 seconds.
“She went under seven seconds (in the 55) twice today so she’s starting to get that consistency,” Rush-Henrietta coach Mike DeMay said.
There were more meet records which fell during the fourth annual invitational, created to honor Trent Jackson and Cedric Walker, two men who were prominent in Rochester high school sports:
- Greece Olympia’s 800 relay of Alpha Berry, who long jumped 23-4 1/2 during the invitational, Shane Presley, Terry Taylor and Tre’Maine Moore finished in 1:33.15.
- Alana Morrow, a senior at Our Lady of Mercy, in the 55 hurdles (8.55) and 200 hurdles (29.18).
- Brockport’s AJ Gruttadauro completed the 1,600 race walk in 6:56.00, two seconds off the Section V record.
Gates Chili freshman Erica Ellis won the girls pole vault competition with a jump of 12 feet. Ellis had the bar raised to 12-7, in attempt to break the Section V record but came up short. Ellis has broken or reset the state freshman record five times, according to Gates Chili assistant coach Bob Bartula.
“A lot of things do happen (at this meet),” Wilson senior Kelly Brown said. “This is a big meet, it happens one time a year, so people think that they have to go all out. That’s why it’s really good competition here.”
4th annual Trent Jackson/Cedric Walker
Indoor Track and Field Invitational
At The College at Brockport
Boys team scores: Lancaster- Section VI 89 points, McQuaid 63, Greece Olympia 51, Webster Thomas 39, Penfield 36, Rush-Henrietta 35, Fairport 34, Letchworth 29, Brockport 29, Hilton 23, Wilson/Early College 23, Webster Schroeder 22, Batavia 18, East Rochester 18, Pittsford Sutherland 18, Pittsford Mendon 17, East Irondequoit Eastridge 17, Williamsville North-VI 17, Brighton 15, Greece Arcadia 14, Aquinas 13, Gates Chili 12, Spencerport 12, Williamsville South-VI 11, Iroquois-VI 11, Warsaw 10, Canandaigua 10, Palmyra-Macedon 10, Victor 8, Wayne 6, University Prep 5, Schalmont-II 5, Irondequoit 5, West Seneca East 4, Franklin 4, East Aurora-VI 2, Avon 2, Greece Odyssey 1.
Individual results/1,600-meter race walk: AJ Gruttadauro (Brock) 6:56.00 (meet record); 800 relay: Olympia 1:33.15 (mr); 3,200: Dawson Bathgate (ER) 9:35.61; 1,000: Steven Neumaier (Lanc) 2:28.98 (mr); 55: Ryan Anikwue (Letch) 6.57. 600: Eddie Ely (Pal-Mac) 1:23.56; 1,600: Paul Dellinger (Brighton) 4:29.21.
300: Noah Williams (McQ) 35.76; 55 hurdles: Kelly Brown (Wilson/Early) 7.70; 200 hurdles: K. Brown (Wilson/Early) 25.39. 4000 distance medley relay: 1. Penfield 11:07.33; 3,200 relay: Lancaster 8:17.61 (mr); 1,600 relay: Lancaster 3:42.87.
Pole vault: Jack Smith (Schroeder) 13 feet-6 inches; High jump: Fatir Glover (Williamsville North) 6-3; Shot put: Colin Blair (Lanc) 55-8 1/4; Long jump: Alpha Berry (Olympia) 23-4 1/2; Triple jump: Tobi Tella (McQ) 46-6; Weight throw: Colin Blair (Lanc) 65-2.
Girls team scores: Rush-Henrietta 131, Lancaster 68, Our Lady of Mercy 54.5, Pittsford Mendon 36, Webster Thomas 35, Canandaigua 33, Hilton 30, Williamsville South 30, Penfield 27, Batavia 26.5, Midlakes 23, Williamsville North 23, Gates Chili 22, Greece Arcadia 20, Pittsford Sutherland 19, Aquinas 17, Webster Schroeder 17, Spencerport 14, Palmyra-Macedon 13, School of the Arts 10, Waterloo 10, Fillmore 10, Brockport 9, Warsaw 8, Victor 8, Fairport 7, Greece Olympia 6, Brighton 6, Livonia 5, Wayne 5, Wilson/Early College 4, East Irondequoit Eastridge 4, Letchworth 4, Irondequoit 2, Franklin 2, West Seneca East-VI, Ironquois 1.
Individual results/800 relay: R-H 1:41.49 (Section V record); 3,000: Amanda Vestri (Thomas) 10:38.87; 1,000: Natalie Neamtu (Thomas) 2:58.58; 55: Lanae-Tava Thomas (R-H) 6.99 (mr); 1,500 race walk: Remziye Erdogen (Spencer) 7:36.69; 600: Sammy Watson (R-H) (Section V record) 1:31.38.
1,500: Elsa Cole (Fillmore) 4:51.32; 300: Watson (R-H) 40.61; 55 hurdles: Alana Morrow (Mercy) 8.55 (mr); 200 hurdles: Alana Morrow (Mercy) 29.18 (mr); 4000 distance medley relay: Williamsville North 13:11.95; 3,200 relay: R-H 10:04.17; 1,600 relay: Lancaster 4:10.54 (mr).
Pole vault: Erica Ellis (GC) 12-0; High jump: Aubrianna Lantrip (Midlakes) 5-5; Shot put: Mady Dibble (Waterloo) 36-1 1/2; Long jump: Thomas (R-H) 20-0 (Section V record); Triple jump: Lantrip (Midlakes) 35-8 1/4; Weight throw: Brianna McKenzie (Lanc) 45-7 3/4.