LAKE PLACID - The Saranac Lake boys and girls relay teams turned in strong performances Saturday in the Section VII Track and Field Championships at the North Elba Show Grounds.
The Red Storm girls team of Nikkie Trudeau, Vanessa Salamy, Samantha Martin and Maria Mairurano captured the 1,600-meter sectional title after clocking a time of 4:22.2 to edge the Northeastern Clinton runners who finished in 4:23.
The Saranac Lake boys 400 relay team of Ben Monty, Ethan Barge, Alex Beaudoin and Mike Tuthill pulled off an upset over top-seeded Saranac, breaking the tape in 45.7 seconds. The Chiefs weren't far back with a time of 45.8.
The Saranac Lake relay teams had a big day Saturday with the girls 1,600-meter relay team and boys 400 team capturing Section VII titles at the North Elba Show Grounds in Lake Placid. Pictured are the girls 1,600 relay team and the boys 1,600 relay team that placed second. Front row, from left: Mike Tuthill, Tony Lascavio, Alex Beaudoin and Jamaal Tuthill. Back row, from left: Nikkie Trudeau, Vanessa Salamy, Maria Mairurano and Sam Martin.
(Photo — Alicia Brandes)
Trudeau was also a winner in the 400 hurdles, taking the top spot in 1:05.8. Salamy was second in the race with a 1:11.2.
Trudeau also finished second in the high jump after clearing 4 feet, 8 inches. Lea Perry of Peru won the event with a 5-0.
The Lake Placid girls relay teams placed fifth in both the 1,600- and 3,200-meter races.
In the team scoring, the Saranac Lake girls finished fourth with 76 points. Beekmantown (117) was the girls team champion, dethroning five-time defending champion Saranac for the title. Plattsburgh was second with 95 points, Northeastern Clinton was third with 80 and Lake Placid finished 10th with 18 team points.
In the boys team scoring, Saranac won its fourth sectional championship in a row after racking up 211 points. Plattsburgh was second with 86.5 points and Saranac Lake finished fifth with 55 points.
The Saranac Lake and Lake Placid runners will now shift their focus to the state qualifying meet which will take place Friday in Peru.