Locals compete at state indoor track championships

ITHACA – It was a tough day for the local athletes at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association indoor track and field championships Saturday at Cornell University.

Gloversville’s Chanel Thomas qualified for and participated in three events at the championship meet.

Thomas, a senior, finished 17th overall, but did not advance out of the preliminaries with her time of 8.89 in the 55-meter hurdles.

Thomas also placed 20th overall in the long jump with her leap of 16-05 and 22nd overall in the triple jump with a distance of 34-06.

Mike Budka qualified for the state championship in the pole vault and finished 19th overall, clearing the bar at 13-0.

Fonda-Fultonville’s Ryan Park also qualified for the meet in the pole vault and cleared the bar at 13-0 to finish 13th.

Amsterdam’s Izaiah Brown won his preliminary event in the 300-meter dash with a time of 35.10 but placed fifth in the finals with a time of 34.82.

The Rams’ Julian Gallup placed 17th in the long jump with a leap of 20-01 1/2 and sprinter Lucas Door placed 31st in the 55 meters with his time of 6.86.

The Amsterdam 4×400-meter relay team of David Graveley, Andrew Druziak, Gallup and Brown finished third in its preliminary heat with a time of 3:30.22 and qualified for the finals.

Jared Gallup replaced Brown in the finals and the team finished seventh in a time of 3:40.15.

Broadalbin-Perth’s Jake Coveney also qualified for the state championships in the 55-meter hurdles, but opted not to participate after B-P’s boys basketball team, on which he is a starter, earned a berth in the Section II Class B championship game Saturday.

He was replaced on the Section II team by Cobleskill-Richmondville’s Nate Gerhardt who finished 18th overall with a time of 7.97 in the preliminaries.