By Rob Potter
SULLIVAN COUNTY A total of 13 athletes from around the county are in western New York today for the 2008 New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) track and field championship.
The meet begins today and continues tomorrow at the University of Buffalo in Amherst.
The local athletes earned their spots at the state meet by placing first or second in either Division I (large school) or Division II (small school) at last week’s Section IX qualifier or by meeting a state standard time to become a wild card qualifier.
Colin Seidl, a Sullivan West junior, qualified for the boys’ Division II 3,000 meter steeplechase for the second year in a row with a time of 9 minutes, 55.71 seconds. The SW girls’ 1,600-meter relay team comprised of junior Kasi Pilny, freshman Liz Peters, sophomore Morgan Hawkins and sophomore Katie Manzi qualified for the girls’ Division II 1,600-relay with a time of 4:10.8. Sophomore Kendra Barker will be attending the state meet as the team’s alternate.
Four Liberty athletes are in Amherst for the state meet. Senior Kim McKay qualified for the girls’ Division II pentathlon with 2,259 points. Senior Saeed Robinson will participate in the boys’ Division II 400-meter run after recording a time of 51.94 seconds. Freshman Malcolm Strother will race in the boys’ Division II 200 after qualifying with a time of 23.11 seconds. With a qualifying mark of 33 feet, 7 inches, freshman Jessica Dunnigan will compete in the girls’ Division II triple jump.
Tri-Valley senior Tanzeel Khan qualified in the boys’ Division II shot put (50-1), while T-V senior Garrett Grey qualified for the boys’ Division II discus (169-5).
Monticello junior Jessica Fingers will compete in the girls’ Division I 1,500 meter run and the girls’ Division I 3,000 meter run. Her respective qualifying times were 4:40.44 and 10:03.27.