Brown tracks down state title
MIDDLETOWN – After ending last year’s state meet with a quadriceps injury, Amsterdam sophomore Izaiah Brown made his return trip a memorable one Saturday.
Brown won the Division I (large-school) 400-meter title at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association track and field championships at Middletown High School with a time of 47.20 seconds.
Brown topped Boys and Girls’ sophomore Richard Rose, who finished second with a time of 47.51 seconds.
Brown also anchored Amsterdam’s 4 x 400 relay team, which finished third overall with a time of 3:19.23. Also on the team were senior Brett Stanavich, senior Anthony Stewart and senior John Hardies.
Elmont won the 4 x 400 relay with a time of 3:17.42
Hardies also competed in the 800 meters Saturday, finishing 20th overall and 13th in Division I with a time of 1:56.39. Marcellus’ Ryan Monahan won the overall and Division II (small-school) titles with a time of 1:51.88. Syosset’s Simon Nwana won the Division I title with a time of 1:52.85.
Hardies also was named the Section II boys sportsmanship award winner at the meet.
Amsterdam finished fourth in the Federation team standings with a total of 16 points. Greece Olympia won the team title with 27 points.
Gloversville junior Chanel Thomas placed 10th overall and seventh in Division I in the pentathlon with a total of 2,745 points. Ward Melville’s Emily Astarita won the overall and Division I titles with a total of 3,392 points.
Also competing for Gloversville was senior John Knox, who was 18th overall and 12th in Division I in the 3,200 meters with a time of 9:37.03.
Fayetteville-Manlius’ Nick Ryan won the overall and Division II title with a time of 8:58.28, while Northport’s Tim McGowan won the Division I title with a time of 8:59.81.
Fonda-Fultonville junior Lindsay Therrien and Broadalbin-Perth senior Mackenzie Ottati also competed Saturday.
Therrien, making her second straight trip to the state meet, placed 14th in the Division II 100-meter hurdles with a time of 17.07 seconds. Marlboro’s Courtney Warden won the Division II title with a time of 14.49.
In her third straight trip to the state meet, Ottati finished 26th overall and 12th in Division II with a time of 1:11.33. Garden City’s Emma Gallagher won with a time of 1:01.47, while Amherst’s Emily Irish-Ryan won the Division II title with a time of 1:02.22.
After all-day rain Friday, the state meet was condensed into a one-day event Saturday.