Paul Ford from AuSable Valley
The Peru Indians indoor track and field program had plenty to smile about at the Feb. 18 Section VII State Qualifying meet, as 11 of their team members earned births to Cornell.
Jared McLean, state cross country champion Dan Lennon, Bryce Schnaars, Ashley Leta and Lea Perry are returning to the state meet for the Indians. They will be joined by William Thew, Shawn Hendrix, Josh Romanowicz, Cheyanne Dobozy, Rebecca Romanowicz and Taylor Durocher.
Section VII boys and girls champion Saranac will be represented by 10 Chiefs at the March 3 state meet, with Micha Patterson, Jake Spear, Bill Badger, Corey Duvall and Victoria Phaneuf making a return trip to the championships. Ty Tedford, Heath Andre, Kayla Byerley, Alexis Bruno and Lexi Blockson will also represent Saranac.
Plattsburgh High will be sending nine new athletes to the state meet, including Jeriqho Gadway, Skyler Barriere, Brooke Knight, Khila Pecoraro and Emma Deshaies.
Other returning state qualifiers will include Barrett Waling, Margaret Champagne, Maddy Munn and Melissa Whyman of Seton Catholic; along with Alex Beaudoin and Selena Baillageron of Saranac Lake.
Saranac Lake will also be represented by Nicky Trudeau, who will compete in the 55 dash, 640 relay and 300. Trudeau will be joined on the relay team by Baillageron, Vanessa Salamy and Chelsea LaFountain.
AuSable Valley’s Paul Ford will be competing in multiple events in his first state meet, including the 55 hurdles and high jump. Leann Cook will also be heading to the state meet for the Patriots with a second place finish in the high jump.
Also for the Patriots, Megan Colby finished third in the 55 in 7.8 seconds. Raychel Agoney was third in the shot put with a throw of 29'5". Ashlee Estes finished fourth in both the 300 in 48.6 and the high jump in 4'2". Rebecca Newell was fifth in the shot put with a personal best throw of 26'3.5".
The NYSPHSAA indoor track and field championships will be held Saturday, March 3 at Cornell University. For more, log onto the state championship’s website, www.nysphsaa.org/championships/winter12/indoor_track.asp.