CICERO - Saranac Lake senior Nicky Trudeau reached the podium of the NYSPHSAA state championship meet Friday after placing third in the 400-meter hurdles.
Trudeau came into the race as the seventh-seeded runner, but exceeded expectations by clocking the best time of her career: 1 minute, 5.8 seconds. It was the third time this season that she set a new personal record in the event.
"This was a great performance for Nicky," said Saranac Lake coach Peter Frenette. "There was a lot of wind on the backstretch, but she was ready for it. I think if it wasn't windy, you would have seen her flirting with the section record."
Saranac Lake’s Nicky Trudeau, right, stands on the podium Friday in Cicero after placing third in the 400-meter race of the NYSPHSAA meet.
Alyza Ngbokli of Hackley won the race in 1:03.92. Ireland Armstrong of Bath-Haverling was second in 1:05.48.
Trudeau missed last year's state meet because of a concussion, but made it her goal to qualify this year.
"Nicky has really worked hard at the hurdles this year," Frenette said. "She had state meet experience from the pentathlon in eighth grade and from indoor track this year. The experience is priceless because you can focus on your event instead of what is going on around you. It was exciting to watch all the athletes participate, but especially rewarding to see all of Nicky's hard work pay off for her."
Saranac Lake senior Ethan Barge competed in the 100-meter dash and finished 21st with a time of 11.88 seconds. Alex Beaudoin was 15th in the 200 with a time of 23.53.
The Saranac Lake 400 relay team placed 12th in 45.57. The team was made up of Barge, Beaudoin, Ben Monty and Mike Tuthill.
Beekmantown's 400-meter girls relay team won the state title after blazing to a 50.12-second finish. Jess Huber was part of the relay and also won an individual title in the 200 after clocking a 25.13.
Tupper Lake junior Hannah Klossner placed 19th in Saturday's Federation meet after clearing 4 feet, 8 inches in the Division II high jump competition. Kaitlin Whitehorn of John Glenn won the event with a 5-8.