On June 14, the Skaneateles Laker Track and Field Club sent 34 athletes to the Hershey West State meet in Greene. The Lakers got up on the awards podium in 28 of the 31 events they entered. Of those 28 events, the Lakers won nine.
Three club records were set during that meet. Maddie Ramsgard ran the 9-10 girls 400-meter dash in a time of 1:20.09, while the 11-12 Girls 4x100 Relay consisting of Graeson Landsberg, Ellie Peterson, Tess Peterson and Emme Conan ran an impressive time of 59.83 seconds. Patrick Herr out threw the field in the softball throw with a mark of 128 feet.
The weather was cool, but coach Sandy Drancsak said the kids competed with the heart of a lion in everything they did. It was a long cold spring of training but there were a lot of personal bests set this season between the local Hershey Meet which was held on June.
Drancsak, along with fellow coaches Bob Broddus and Scott Musumeci, plus several parent volunteers (Marie Grasso, Kate Conan, Kristi Kreiger, Ted McCrone, and Amy Sander) helped lead this year’s team to one of its strongest showings in the history of the program. The high school track and field team is finally reaping the benefits of the Hershey Program and Morning Mile Club.
On this same weekend, six high school athletes went down to Greensboro, North Carolina, to compete in the New Balance National Outdoor Track and Field meet.
Four of these young athletes got their start in the Hershey program and their dream of making it to nationals finally came through this year as they had an incredibly strong season competing for the Skaneateles varsity girls track and field program.
These six athletes competed in two relays. The first relay to run was the Emerging Elite 1600 Sprint Medley Relay which finished first in their heat and ninth overall setting a new school record of 4:19.55.