Jun 10, 2013 Phil Blackwell Uncategorized
Liverpool track and field stars Ore Akinpelu and Ryheim Lawes refused to let a little rain – or a lot of rain – affect the way they performed at last weekend’s state championship meet at Middletown High School.
What was supposed to be a two-day competition got cut in half when heavy, soaking precipitation inundated the Middletown facility late last week, which forced a complete cancellation of Friday’s slate of races and field events.
Thus, the entire show took place on Saturday, where Akinpelu nearly won the 400-meter hurdles and Lawes emerged as a contender in the 100 and 200-meter sprints.
Akinpelu posted a time of 1:02.01 in the 400 hurdles, beating everyone except Garden City’s Emma Gallagher, who won the race in 1:01.47, leaving Akinpelu with a second-place medal.
As for Lawes, he was the top qualifier in the 100 in 10.76 seconds, but in the final, though he improved to 10.75 seconds, he still finished third as Hudson’s Winston Lee prevailed in 10.62 seconds.
Then, in the 200, Lawes raced to the line in 21.39 seconds to be the second-fastest qualifier, leading to a final where he slowed down to 21.98 seconds and finished fifth, with Greece Athena’s Brian Smith the champion in 21.36 seconds.
After her near win in the 400 hurdles, Akinpelu, teaming with Catherine Rowell, Jazmine Herbert and Alexus Gersbacher, made their way to 10th place in the Division I 4×100 relay in 49.26 seconds, with Medgar Evers winning in 46.29 seconds.
In the 4×400 relay, Yasmeen Griffin and Danelle Smis joined Akinpelu and Rowell as the Warriors finished 11th in a clocking of 3:58.61, but ninth among Division I sides as Suffern went to the top spot in 3:48.06.
Angela Kulpa, who had cleared 10 feet 6 inches in the pole vault this spring, managed to top 10 feet in the state meet to tie for ninth in Division I as Lancaster’s Jenn Thill (12’3”) prevailed.
Tammy Brodie, competing in the pentathlon, picked up 2,623 points for 15th place, but 11th in the Division I ranks, where Ward Melville’s Emily Astarita (3,392 points) won it.
Cicero-North Syracuse’s Morgan Austen was a participant in the boys pentathlon, where he had 2,957 points to help him finish 14th overall and sixth in Division I, where Scotia’s Eric Denny, with 3,270 points, had the top score.
Austen’s teammate, Joe Castaldo, threw the shot put 53 feet ¼ inch and gained ninth place overall, fifth in Division I, in an event where Smithtown West’s Benjamin Bonhurst threw it 61’11” for the state title.
Alex Christensen, with a time of 1:56.05, took 11th place in Division I, and 17th overall, in an 800-meter run won by Marcellus senior Ryan Manahan in 1:51.88.
Mark Vanmarter went 20’7” in the long jump for 15th place in Division I as Desmond Mobley (Greece Olympia) won with 24’9”, while Travis-Chewning-Kulick cleared 13 feet in the boys vault and took 10th place in Division I, 16th overall, in an event won by Ellenville’s Justin Farrenkopf as he cleared 15 feet.