Saranac Lake tops rival Bombers

Saranac Lake sophomore Connor McMinn sails through the air during the long jump at Thursday’s meet in Lake Placid. You can see and buy more photos on a CU photo gallery at cu.adirondackdailyenterprise.com. (Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

LAKE PLACID — The Lake Placid and Saranac Lake track and field teams have a friendly rivalry, and coaches honored seniors from both schools Thursday before the final meet of the season between the two squads.

At the last regular-season meet for each team before next week’s Section VII championships, the Red Storm boys and girls squads topped Lake Placid at the North Elba Show Grounds. The boys won 109-22 while the girls finished with a score of 100-30.

On the boys’ side, Saranac Lake had a near sweep of events, taking first in each discipline except for the 400-meter hurdles, which was won by Lake Placid’s Harvey Runyon. Runyon is a sophomore at Keene Central, but competes for the Blue Bombers.

Highlights for Saranac Lake included a 126-foot, 2-inch discus throw by Jon Hewitt, a 49-5 shot put by Patrick Alberga and an 11.5-second 100-meter dash by Brooks Fletcher. Micah McCulley (2:07) won the 800, Dylan Amell won the high jump with a 5-4 leap, Owen Yando put up a 17-2.5 in the long jump and the 3,200 relay team of McCulley, Anderson Gray, Adam Hesseltine and James Catania finished with a time of 9:10.

Peter Fogarty, a Saranac Lake sophomore who was part of last fall’s NYSPHSAA Class C cross-country running state championship team and ran a winning 4 minute, 43 second mile on Thursday, said he hopes to keep improving as the season and his high school career advance.

Keene senior Lura Johnson, who competes for Lake Placid, takes on the long jump Thursday at the North Elba Show Grounds. (Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

“It’s going pretty good,” he said. “We’re looking to collect our last win of the season and get the (sectionals) banner on the wall.

“I was expecting a little faster (in the mile), but I’m going to keep working for it. Hopefully for sectionals I’ll be around 4:35. (The school record) is 4:19. I think by my senior year, I’d hopefully like to run that fast.”

The girls’ results were a little more balanced, with Keene’s Lura Johnson winning the long jump (14-2), Lake Placid’s Annie Rose-McCandlish (1:2.75) topping the field in the 400 and the 3,200 relay team of Rose-McCandlish, Harley Cohen, Johnson and Dylan Bashaw crossing the line in 11:39.

Saranac Lake’s Grace Clark handily won the 100 meter hurdles in 16.6 and the 400 meter hurdles in 1:4.4, while Edina Cecunjanin was first in the 100 (13.0), the 200 (26.4) and the high jump with a 4 foot, 2 inches. Emily Muncil (17:44) won the 3,000 and Kelsey Lereet had the longest triple jump with a 28-9.5.

Lura Johnson, who is a senior at Keene and competes for the Blue Bombers, and has been on the cross-country running and skiing teams, said it’s been fun spending her final year in high school making new friends and trying new events.

Saranac Lake’s Peter Fogarty, left, and Lake Placid’s Mike Skutt lead the way during the mile race at the North Elba Show Grounds on Thursday. (Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

“This is our first year with Lake Placid, so it’s been nice meeting new people, new coaches and it’s been a lot different than EKMW, but it’s been really positive,” she said. “I had never done field events before this, and they encouraged me to join and I’ve been really enjoying it.

“It’s my last year, so I really just want to have fun with the rest of these people that I’ve been meeting. And it’s been great to kind of expand a little bit and try new events. But by the end of this year, making new friends — that sounds a little bit cheesy — but also just learning how to throw and how to jump.”

Johnson said she’s been accepted to Montana State University in Bozeman next year and plans to study environmental engineering. She said she hopes to continue to compete athletically in college.

Both the Red Storm and Lake Placid team will next travel to Plattsburgh next Thursday for the Section VII championships at 2 p.m. Saranac Lake will also compete in the VanDusen Invitational track and field meet Saturday in Ogdensburg.

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