Tracksters take on state’s best

Saranac Lake senior Anderson Gray runs in the 3,200 during Saturday’s NYSPHSAA indoor track and field championships in Staten Island. (Provided photo — Kris Alberga)

Eight local indoor track and field athletes traveled to Staten Island to take on the state’s best in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association championships on Saturday.

Saranac Lake sent five boys and two girls, while a runner from Keene also made the trek to the Ocean Breeze Track and Field Athletic Complex to compete in a total of seven events.

Anderson Gray, Micah McCulley, Caleb Shoemaker and Owen Yando teamed up on the 4×800-meter relay to finish 18th with a total time of 9 minutes, 23.79 seconds for Saranac Lake. The Saratoga Springs team won the race with a final time of 7:56.6.

Yando also finished 32nd in the long jump, with a jump of 18 feet, 10 inches. Mount Sinai’s Kenneth Wei placed first in the state with his leap of 23-5.5. McCulley finished 26th in the 1,000-meter with a time of 2:42.2 while Bronxville’s Matthew Rizzo (2:24.06) claimed the state title.

Gray (10:18.32), a senior, placed 31st in the 3,200 and was followed across the line by Keene’s Noah Fine (10:19.44). Saratoga Springs’ Shea Weilbaker won the race with a time of 9:04.62.

Noah Fine, of Keene, runs in the 3,200-meter race during Saturday's NYSPHSAA state championships in Staten Island. (Provided photo — Kris Alberga)

Saranac Lake junior Patrick Alberga placed 10th in the shot put with a throw of 48 feet, 6.25 inches. Alberga finished in the top half of the field of 27, while Lancaster Central’s Jonathan Surdej threw the put 61 feet, 2.75 inches to win the event.

Grace Clark placed 31st in the preliminary round of the 55-meter hurdles with a finish time of 9.5 seconds while Gates-Chili High School’s Indya Richards earned first place in the state with a 7.87.

Edina Cecunjanin ran in the girls 300, finishing 28th in the preliminary field of 32 with a time of 43.38. Only the top eight runners advanced, with Jada Kenner, of Tapestry Charter School, claiming the top spot in the state with a 39.24.

Patrick Alberga, a junior from Saranac Lake, watches his throw in the shot put during Saturday’s public high school championships. (Provided photo — Kris Alberga)