By Rob Potter
WARWICK May 23, 2006 Scholastic track and field athletes from throughout the Hudson Valley gathered on Friday and Saturday at Warwick High School for the Orange County Interscholastic Athletic Association (OCIAA) championship meet.
In the boys team competition, the host Warwick Wildcats captured first place with 166 total points.
Monroe-Woodbury took second place with 80 points and Pine Bush was third with 69 points.
Among Sullivan County schools, Eldred finished the best. The Yellowjackets scored 20 points to place seventh. Monticello and Sullivan West both recorded 13 points and tied for ninth place. Tri-Valley was 12th with 10 points and Liberty was 16th with five points. Livingston Manor competed at the event, but did not record any points.
In the girls team competition, Warwick took first place with 120 total points. Middletown was second with 82 points and Monroe-Woodbury placed third with 81 points.
Monticello finished highest among Sullivan County schools. The Lady Panthers scored five points to place 11th.
Sullivan West was 12th with three points and T-V tied for 13th place with Port Jervis as each team recorded one point.
Girls teams from Eldred, Fallsburg, Liberty and Livingston Manor competed in the meet, but did not score any points.
Among the top local boys individual performers was Eldreds Kyle Anthony. The senior won the long jump with a leap of 22 feet, 11 3/4 inches and triple jump with a mark of 47-5.
Another top performer was Monticellos Keenan Hall, who won the discus with a throw of 141-3.
Other Sullivan County boys who placed in the top six of their individual events included:
Javelin: 4. Garrett Grey, T-V, 147-8
3200-meter run: 5. Brendan Devine, Monticello, 9 minutes, 47.5 seconds.
Pole Vault: 3. Jacob Schwartz, Liberty, 13-0.
400 hurdles: 3. Max Fiedler, T-V 57.4 seconds; 4. Sean Messenger, T-V 59.1 seconds.
110 Hurdles: 4. Jon Figueroa, Sullivan West, 16.2 seconds
3000 Steeplechase: 6. Mike Vanwagenen, SW, 10:16.3
Long Jump:6. James Eason, Monticello, 19-4
Discus: 4. Joe Valentin, Liberty, 128-1; 5. Matt Moore, Fallsburg, 128-1.
Triple Jump: 6. Matt Arielly, Liberty, 40-1.
Shot Put: 2. Alan Ackermann, SW, 46-0; 4. Matt Moore, Fallsburg, 45-6 3/4.
April Ackermann, a SW senior, was one of the top local finishers in the girls events. She was sixth in the 1,500 meters with a time of 5:03.7 and was a member of the Lady Bulldog team that finished sixth in the 4 X 800 relay. Ackermann, Rianne Erlwein, Jessica Wagner and Amanda Ward posted a time of 10:29.8.
Other outstanding performances by Sullivan County girls included:
Pole Vault: 6. Janelle Slutsky, Monticello, 7-6.
3,000 meters: 6. Courtney Roosa, T-V, 10:59.6.
100 hurdles: 6. Sara Alsdorf, SW, 17.0 seconds.
Long Jump: 4. Tenesha Washington, Monticello, 15-4.