By Rob Potter
MONTICELLO May 6, 2005 Hundreds of track and field athletes from 14 area high schools descended upon Monticello High School last Saturday for the 17th annual Monticello Games.
Despite the cool, rainy and sometimes foggy conditions, the athletes competed with determination and spirit.
In the boys team standings, Middletown took first place in Division I (big schools). The Middie Bears scored a total of 55 1/4 points, which was more than 20 points better than second place Minisink Valley (35). Port Jervis took third place with 24 1/2 points and Monticello finished fourth with 15 points.
In boys Division II (small schools), Red Hook earned first place honors with 128 points. Ellenville was a close second with 127 1/2 points. Other results were as follows: third place Byram Hills, 96; fourth Eldred, 94; fifth Tri-Valley, 88 1/4; sixth Sullivan West, 77; seventh Liberty, 50 1/4; eighth Rhinebeck, 27; ninth Livingston Manor, 15 1/4 and 10th Chester, 2.
Eldreds Tim Hallock was named the field MVP, while Dave Raucci of Red Hook was chosen as the track MVP.
Hallock won the discus with a throw of 142 feet, 11 inches, placed third in the shot put (43-8 1/2), took fourth place in the hammer throw (115-6) and was fifth in the javelin (105-11).
Among the other outstanding performers were Eldreds Kyle Anthony and Tri-Valleys Alan Coombe and Travis Wolfe. Anthony won the long jump (17-3) and triple jump (38-10 3/4) events and was second in the 800-meter run with a time of 2 minutes, 9.5 seconds. Wolfe took first place in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:03.4. Coombe won the shot put (44-11) and was third in the discus (119-4).
In addition to those outstanding performances, Monticellos Robert Macedonio captured first place in the pole vault with a mark of 13 feet.
In the girls team competition, Middletown placed first in Division I (big schools) with 124 points. Monticello was second with 95 points, while Minisink Valley finished third (60 3/4 points) and Port Jervis was fourth (4 points).
The Tri-Valley Lady Bears took first place in Division II (small schools) with 120 points. Red Hook was second with 110 1/4 points and Sullivan West was third with 98 points. The other results were: fourth place Ellenville, 78 points; fifth Rhinebeck, 38; sixth Eldred, 33; seventh Livingston Manor, 28; eighth Liberty, 21; ninth Byram Hills, 18 and 10th Chester, 0.
Monticellos Erica Kalber was chosen as the field MVP, while Ellenvilles Katie Stoeckeler was named the track MVP.
Kalber won the discus (89-9), hammer (125-7) and shot put (34-10 1/2) events.
Among the other outstanding performers were SWs April Ackermann, Jessica Fisk of Livingston Manor and T-Vs Courtney Roosa.
Ackermann took first place in the 800-meter run (2:38.2) and triple jump (28-10 3/4).
Fisk won both the long jump (13-1 1/4) and high jump (4-6) events.
Roosa finished first in the 3,000-meter run in 11:09.9 and was a member of the T-V 3,200-meter relay team that prevailed in that race. Roosa, Meaghan Drown, Miranda Benevides and Erin Beach combined to complete the event in 10:29.8.