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Canajoharie's Kaisean Adams competes in the high jump during sectionals in Albany on May 24.

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Getting on Track: Experiences from last week will fuel area athletes

Wednesday, June 04, 2014 - Updated: 8:05 PM

By MICHAEL KELLY

For the C-S-E

State qualifiers have come and gone, and I did relatively OK with the whole predictions game.

From my last list projecting which area athletes had the best chance to compete at this week's state championships at Cicero-North Syracuse High School, my selections at Nos. 1, 2, 3, 6, 8 and 17 each earned bids.

During the course of this week, each of our area's athletes heading to states will be highlighted in The Recorder. In the meantime, let's take a look back at some of the almost-made-it athletes that have a chance to come back next year for another go at state qualifiers:

• Mayfield-Northville junior Todd Briggs and Fonda-Fultonville junior Camryn Savoie will each come back as favorites next year. Briggs (small-school boys triple jump) and Savoie (small-school girls discus throw) were the top non-seniors in their respective events.

-- In a similar boat is Amsterdam sophomore Bryan Stanavich, who finished in seventh place in the 200-meter dash, but had only one non-senior ahead of him. The difference between Stanavich and that runner was 0.10 seconds.

-- Canajoharie's 4x400-meter relay in the small-school girls division should enter 2015 as the favorite in the event. The Lady Cougars foursome of juniors Ariannah Logan, Jordyn Logan, Dainara Veeder and eighth-grader Jordan Porter will all be back next year, while the Holy Names club that beat Canajoharie will lose two runners.

-- Veeder finished 0.03 seconds away from qualifying for states in the small-school girls 100-meter hurdles. After getting the nerves out of the way this year, Veeder could make a run to states in 2015.

-- The same goes for Broadalbin-Perth's Coreena Monroe. The junior entered the small-school girls 400-meter hurdles as a favorite and finished in third place.

-- Amsterdam's Olivia Lazarou was not in the hunt in this year's large-school girls 1,500-meter run, but the eighth-grader deserves a mention after a 10th-place finish. Lazarou finished roughly 11 seconds off the pace of this year's winner, and only five runners better than her last week were seniors.

-- THE CALL FOR 2015

As I have previously reported, the expectation is that the state's outdoor track and field committee will formally decide this weekend at C-NS to grant the 2015 state championships to Section II and the University at Albany.

Based on conversations I've had in the past couple weeks, that should still happen, which -- when it comes to pass -- will be a major boon for local track and field.

While the sectional meets and state qualifiers had some hiccups, this year's experience at UAlbany -- which was a trial run for the 2015 state championships -- was largely a success. With another year to fine-tune certain things, UAlbany should prove to be a more-than-adequate host for next year's championships.

-- HEY, LOOK AT THAT

Heading into the season, it was known that the local area had a wide array of talent -- and that certainly showed itself to be true in the past two weeks.

Besides the six entries the area is sending to the state championships, the immediate area also captured three sectional team championships and titles in 22 sectional events.

What more, three of the area's entries in the state championships -- Amsterdam's Izaiah Brown (400-meter dash), Amsterdam boys 4x400-meter relay and Broadalbin-Perth's Jake Coveney (pentathlon) -- have a better-than-average chance to bring home state titles from C-NS this weekend.

     

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