By Lori Brown
GRAHAMSVILLE On Saturday, the Tri-Valley Bears and Lady Bears hosted their annual invitational track and field meet.
Scores of athletes from high schools throughout Sullivan County and beyond competed on a beautiful spring day.
Participating schools included: Arlington, Brewster, Chapel Field, Chester, John A. Coleman Catholic, Eldred, Goshen, Liberty, Middletown, Millbrook, Monticello, Onteora, Peekskill, Pine Bush, Shenendehowa, Spackenkill, Sullivan West, Tri-Valley, Wallkill and Webutuck.
T-V’s Garrett Grey set personal bests in four events and was named the boys’ outstanding field performer. He placed first in three events: javelin (174 feet, 11 inches), shot put (51-2) and hammer (181-23 1/2).
Monticello’s Jessica Fingers was named the girls’ outstanding track performer. She won the 3,000-meter run in a time of 10 minutes, 16.2 seconds and took first place in the 1,500 in 4:51.4.
Fingers also ran the anchor leg for the Lady Panthers’ first-place 3,200 relay team. She and teammates Emma Cohen, Rebecca Concors and Marisela Acevedo prevailed in that event in a time of 10:05.6.
T-V placed first in boys’ Division II (small school) by accumulating 77 points. Sullivan West tied for fourth with Chapel Field, as each team earned 12 points, while Eldred was sixth (10 points).
In the boys’ Division I (large schools) standings, Liberty finished seventh (46 points) and Monticello was eighth (36 points).
T-V won the girls’ Division II competition with 79 points. SW placed second (43 points) and Eldred was third (19.8 points).
Monticello finished third in Division I (87 points) and Liberty was eighth (42 points).
Liberty’s Kim McKay won two events, the 400 intermediate hurdles (71.7 seconds) and pole vault (8-6).
Monticello’s Polly Palhano finished first in the long jump (14-8 1/4).
T-V’s Jen Watson and Pine Bush’s Brittany Krivilich tied for first place in the high jump (4-6).
Monticello’s Brendan Devine won the boys’ 3,200 run in 9:48.4.