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Kahl earns gold at state indoor track meet

The legend of Andy Kahl continues to grow.

Already decorated with a gold medal from last summer's Empire State Games, Kahl, a junior at Cicero-North Syracuse, gained another laurel when he won the high jump during last Saturday's state indoor track and field championships at Cornell University.

Competing at historic Barton Hall, Kahl got locked in a tight contest with an evenly matched field, as the top eight jumpers in the field were separated by just three inches.

Ultimately, Kahl and Peter Bligh, a Section V rival from Greece Arcadia, flew higher than anyone, each of them clearing 6 feet 7 inches. But Kahl managed to do so with fewer misses, allowing him to go to the top of the medal podium.

Similar success was expected from CNS girls high jumper Monique Roberts -- who, like Kahl, is a junior and won at the Empire Games in 2006. Her clearance of 5 feet 11 inches was the best indoor mark in the nation this winter.

At Cornell, though, it did not turn out as well. Roberts did clear 5 feet 6 inches, but could go no higher and had to settle for third place. Dalilah Muhammad (Benjamin Cardozo) won, clearing 5 feet 9 inches with fewer misses than Ketchum's Brigetta Barrett.

Sommer Cloinger also came home with a bronze medal in the girls shot put. The senior's best toss of 41 feet 1 1/2 inches beat everyone except star freshman Melissa Kurzdorfer (Section VI, Lancaster), who won with 44 feet 5 1/2 inches, and Betty Williams (Longwood), who was second with 41 feet 9 inches.

In the girls triple jump, Keriann Borke came up with a fine effort, nearly reaching the podium as she got seventh place, her best attempt going 37 feet 4 inches. Gabriealla Baiter (John Glenn) won with 40 feet 1/4 inch.

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