By Kevin Sanford
SULLIVAN COUNTY August 3, 2001 Former Roscoe resident Carrie Gorton, now of Sparrowbush, won her ninth straight gold medal in the open womens javelin to highlight the 24th annual Empire State Games.
The Olympic-style amateur event was held in the Mohawk Valley this year.
Gorton, 30, a 1989 graduate of Roscoe Central School, launched the javelin 49 meters (160-9) to easily outdistance the competition by more than 30 feet.
Chad Washington of Liberty was a no-show in the triple jump, which was won by Donnell Hickson of Inwood, NY with a jump of 15.37 meters (50-51&Mac218;4).
Robert Jahrling of Wurtsboro took first in the 1500 run (4:42.14) and the pole vault (4.15 meters&Mac218;13-71&Mac218;4 ) as well as the second spot in the high jump (1.89&Mac218;6-21&Mac218;4) and third in the long jump (6.21&Mac218;20-41&Mac218;2) on his way to a fourth place finish in the decathlon with 5,570 points.
Jahrling finished seventh in the 100 (12.35), 400 (56.20), and 110 hurdles (18.89), which were won by Mario Wilson of Elmont (11:49), Kyle Moore of Fredonia (53.13) and Jim Garnham of Amherst (15.71), respectively.
In the field events, Jahrling finished ninth in the shot put (8.98&Mac218; 29-51&Mac218;2), sixth in the javelin (42.76&Mac218; 140-3) and eighth in the discus (27.86&Mac218; 91-5). Garnham won all three events 13.98&Mac218;45-11 in the shot put, 39.94&Mac218; 131-0 in the discus and 59.70&Mac218;195-10 in the javelin on his way to the overall victory with 6,525 points.
Allison Benson of Wurtsboro took fourth in the pole vault with a leap of 3.1 meters (10-2), .45 meters short of winner Jaime Reed of Ithaca.
Claudia Waterton of Monticello took a first place finish in the shot put (11.35&Mac218;37-3) but eventually withdrew from the heptathlon due to injury.
She took seventh in the 100 hurdles behind Andrea Sweet of Scotia, who won the event with a time of 15.82 to Watertons 18.73.
Waterton also finished fifth in the high jump (1.49&Mac218;4ft-101&Mac218;2) and ninth in the 200 dash (30.33), events that were won by Caryl Senn of Massapequa Park (1.55&Mac218;5-1) and Roslyn Codette of Brooklyn (27.01).
Waterton did not contest Senns 33.7-meter victory in the javelin or Katie Loves first place time of 2:24.82 in the 800, but still managed to score 2,103 points for a tenth place finish. The heptathlon was won by Senn with 4,293 points.
Russ Hodge of Roscoe set an Empire State Games Record for the 60-64 division in the shot put with a throw of 13.76 meters (45-13&Mac218;4). Hodge also took a gold in the discus with a throw of 44.1 (144-8).
Bob Barrett of Smallwood won the 5K (28:39), 10K (58:42), and 20K (2:05:20) racewalks in the 65-69 division. This gives Barrett gold medals for 11 straight years in ESG competition.
Merton Lockhart of Grahamsville took a gold in the 70-74 javelin event with a throw of 23.34 meters (76-7). Lockhart also received a silver medal for his 2.19-meter (7-21&Mac218;4) long jump, falling short of Ted Swansons 3.48&Mac218;11-5 gold effort.
In the discus, his 20.72&Mac218;67-113&Mac218;4 throw was enough to earn him third place, seven meters short of John Sheridan of Albany. Lockhart also placed third in the shot put (8.25&Mac218;27-43&Mac218;4), behind John Ziamandanis of Schenectady, who threw 8.81&Mac218;28-11.
In the mens 1500, Matt Manzi of Parksville took fourth place with a 4:17.48. The event was won by Tyler Raymond of Scotia, who ran 4:07.68.
Ryan Ringi, also of Parksville, ran a 10:49.24 in the 3000 steeplechase for an eleventh place finish. Brady Fergusson of Rochester ran 9:46.00 to win the event.
Heather Iatauro of Grahamsville finished fifth in the womens 5000m with a 19:14.02. Tracey Brauksieck of Cuyler won with a 17:42.45.
In the mens 52kg&Mac218;115 lb. freestyle wrestling division, Kyle Fried of Rock Hill won his first roundm match against Jeremy Stopa of Western, 7-3.
He took his first loss in the second round to eventual champion Allan Boice, 5-0. Fried just missed out on medaling, losing in the bronze medal match to Dan Faden, 5-1.
John DeGroat of Monticello put up 15 points in the Hudson Valley teams first game loss to New York City,83-80.
In the second game, teammate Chris Robinson (also of Monticello) added two points to DeGroats 14 in a 77-73 loss against Central.
In their third and final game, Hudson Valley lost to Western 81-61. DeGroat scored 13 and Robinson six. Western went on to win the gold medal, with Central taking silver and New York City earning the bronze.
Marissa Graby of Callicoon, a 2000 gradaute of Penn Satte Unoiveristy and member opf the Lady Lions womens basketball team, took part in her first open wpomens ESG.
Graby scored one point in Hudson Valleys opening game, which it lost 69-51 to New York City.
Graby came up big with 14 points but her team fell short of beating Western in the second game, 73-64.
In their the game Hudson Valley clobbered Central, 89-68, with Graby scoring five.
This victory earned HV a spot in the bronze medal game, where it lost to New York City for a second time, 81-63. Graby scored seven points in the loss.
Adirondack took home gold and Western earned silver medal honors.