Locals compete at track states

MIDDLETOWN — Fourteen athletes from Saranac Lake and Lake Placid competed Friday on the opening day of the New York State Public High School Track and Field Championships at Middletown High School.

The Red Storm saw 10 athletes participate and four girls from the Blue Bombers raced in a relay. All were in Division II competitions.

Saranac Lake junior Patrick Alberga had the top showing among the group, finishing seventh in the shot put with a throw of 50 feet, 1.75 inches. Alberga’s effort was five feet, 4.25 inches short of the winning performance in the Division II field.

The remaining area athletes results were well back of the first-place results.

Edina Cecunjanin was the busiest among the local athletes. The Saranac Lake senior competed in three events. She finished 15th in the 200 in 26.83 seconds, placed 11th in the 400 with a time of 1:01.06, and teamed up with Grace Clark, Hailey Cornell and Lydia Wamsganz for a 13th place finish in the 4×100 relay with a time of 52.28.

Lake Placid’s 4×400 relay team of Alexa Harper, Mackenzie Kondrat and sisters Annie and Sara Rose-McCandlish finished 13th in 4:27.26.

Also for Saranac Lake, Nicolas Kelting placed 17th in the 400 meters in 52.35, Micah McCulley was 32nd in the 800 in 2:03.11, Jame’s Catania placed 32nd in the 3,200 in 9:56.95 and Patrick Wamsganz finished 27th in the pentathlon with 1,668 points. Senior Jonathan Hewitt also competed in the discus and fouled out.

The championships wrap up Saturday and four Saranac Lake athletes are slated to compete. Peter Fogarty will run in the 3,000 steeplechase and will also join McCulley, Catania and Anderson Gray in the boys 4×800 relay.