PERU - Five Saranac Lake athletes will head to the state track and field championships in Peru after taking first place three events at the Section VII qualifying meet Friday at Peru High School.
Seniors Nikkie Trudeau and Ethan Barge won individual races to qualify, and Barge joined teammates Ben Monty, Alex Beaudoin and Mike Tuthill to triumph in the 4x100-meter relay.
After setting a new school record in the 400 hurdles two weeks ago and capturing the Section VII title in the race a week ago, Trudeau claimed another victory in the race at Peru to punch her ticket to the state championships at Cornell University. She clocked a 1:08.8 to prevail.
Barge will compete at Cornell in two events. In a race that came down to a photo finish, Barge claimed victory in the 100 meters with a 11.6-second finish, despite having a recorded time that was a tenth of a second behind Plattsburgh's Jah-Kim Dargan. The discrepancy was a result of hand-timing, with the photo finish determining that Barge reached the finish line first.
He'll also head to the states with Beaudoin, Monty and Tuthill after they notched their second 400 relay victory in the past two meets. The Red Storm quartet won the title at the Section VII championships in Lake Placid on Saturday, May 27, and were hoping to at least set a new school record in the event at the state qualifiers. They achieved that goal and also earned their trip to Cornell by crossing the line in 44.8 seconds, which beat the previous Saranac Lake High School mark by two-tenths of a second.
Saranac Lake's girls were looking to send more athletes to the state meet, and although Trudeau was the only team member advancing, the Red Storm emerged from Peru with a new school record in the 4x100 relay.
In the race, Trudeau joined Vanessa Salamy, Annie Frenette and Selena Baillergeon to finish runner-up in 51.8 seconds to etch their names in the Red Storm record book for that event. Beekmantown took top honors in the race with a 49.9 finish.
Salamy also came up just short in her top race, the 100 hurdles, finishing second with a 1:06.5 result, her best time this season in the event. Northeastern Clinton's Mallory Honan, who had three victories on the day, won the race in 1:05.8. Blair Moody of Saranac Lake also competed in the 100 hurdles and turned in a personal-best finish in the race while placing third.
Trudeau and Salamy also joined Sam Martin and Maria Mariauno in the 4x400 relay. They placed third but slashed 12 seconds off their sectional-championship-winning time from a week ago.
"It was pretty impressive watching this group of girls compete," Saranac Lake girls head coach Peter Frenette said. "This group of girls really know how to step it up when it is game time. While we had hoped to send more athletes to the states, these girls can't be disappointed with their effort."