Alex Brasky | @BataviasBest
Monday, June 5, 2017 | BataviasBest.org
At the Section V State Qualifier over the weekend, several local Track and Field athletes performed well enough to qualify for the NYSPHSAA T&F Championships.
For Batavia, Kiaya Franklin was the most-impressive competitor over the weekend, qualifying in the 400M (2nd place DII, 57.90) and 200M (1st place DII, 25.64) – while also aiding the Devils’ 4×400 Relay team (Kingston, Zickl, Henrici, Cohen, Fulton, Franklin) in their qualifying run (2nd place DII, 25.64). Butch Ray and Eric Davis also qualified for the NYSPHSAA Championships – Ray in the Shot Put (1st place DII, 53’10”) and Davis in the 110H (1st place DII, 14.78).
Notre Dame saw just one of their athletes qualify, as Brad Misiak finished the 200M in 2nd place within DII (23.06), but used his Sectional time (22.84) to meet the State Standard – which allows him to compete at the next stage.
Byron-Bergen’s Brandon Burke returned to form for the Bees over the weekend – after a disappointing performance at Sectionals – and qualified for the NYSPHSAA Championships in all three of his events. He won the DII High Jump (6’5″) and DII Triple Jump (46′), while placing second in the DII Long Jump (22’1″). Reanne Dressler also qualified for B-B, placing second in the DII Pole Vault (10′) – behind Pavilion’s Morgan Adams who finished first (10’9″).
Two Pembroke athletes qualified, as Sophia Zwolinski faired well in the 100H (1st place DII, 15.86), while Killian Lewis threw 159’11” in the Discus – which was good enough for first place in DII.
Finally, Attica sent three athletes to the NYSPHSAA Championships, as the Devils’ Mitch Chudzik (Shot Put, 2nd place DII, 51’3.75″), Shannon Mest (High Jump, 2nd place DII, 5’2″), and Grace Kibler (2000 Steeplechase, 1st place DII, 7:41.17) all qualified following outstanding performances.
Tune in later to find out how all of these local athletes fair alongside the best that NYS has to offer.
The NYSPHSAA Track and Field Championships are this weekend at Union Endicott High School.
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