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Storm boys thunder through sectionals

Saranac Lake’s Aiden Hesseltine, center, prepares to hand the baton to Andrew Fogarty, right, the anchor of the Red Storm’s 4x800 relay tea, which took first place in the Section VII track championships Friday. (Enterprise photo — Quinlan Peer)

LAKE PLACID — The Saranac Lake boys’ usual suspects were at the top of the leader boards as their track team won the Section VII championships at the horse show grounds Friday.

The Red Storm boys took first place in the nine-team section with 211.5 points. The Saranac boys were the runner-up with 142. Lake Placid finished sixth with 27.

Distance runners for the Saranac Lake boys claimed the top three spots in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 meter runs: Micah McCulley, then James Catania, then Sam Ash in the 800 meter; Catania, Peter Fogarty and McCulley in the 1,600; and Peter Fogarty, Catania and Andrew Fogarty in the 3,200. The Fogarty twins took the top two spots of the 400 meter hurdles, with Peter taking first.

Mitchell Ellsworth held his ground in the throwing events, placing first in discus and second in shotput. Ben Issabella placed third in shot put as well.

Gabe Wilson won the high jump while placing third in the 400 meter dash, behind McCulley.

The 4×800 meter relay team took home gold as well. However, this was not the squad that broke the school record Tuesday. Ash, Sam Madden, Aiden Hesseltine and Andrew Fogarty ran for the Red Storm; only Andrew had been on the record-breaking team, along with his brother, Catania and McCulley.

Red Storm sprinter Colter Cheney-Seymour placed second in the 100 meter dash and third in the 200.

The Saranac Lake girls took fifth place out of 11 teams, with 54 points. Lake Placid followed in sixth with 43.

Thrower Mia Sanford led the Red Storm girls, taking first place in shotput and third in discus. Teammates Alison Hewitt and Ryen Kidder placed fourth in the discus and shotput respectively.

On the track, Gwen Mader placed fourth for the Storm in the 800 meter while also being on the third place 4×800 meter relay team; Claire Fletcher, Brooklyn Shumway and Sara Trabakoulos rounded out the squad. Naila Cecunjanin placed fourth in the high jump.

Lake Placid was led by its girls 4×800 meter team. Lily Rother, Harley Cohen, Ellen Lansing and Annie Rose-McCandlish took first place in the relay. Rose-McCandlish also took second in the 800 meter. Rother took fourth in the 1,500 meter, followed by Cohen who took sixth.

For the Lake Placid boys, Andrew Scanio was the top placer with a fourth-place finish in the 3,200 and 1,600 meter runs. Teammate Max Flanigan finished a second behind him in the 1,600 meter, taking fifth.

State championships have been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, making sectionals the end of the season — except for those, like the Fogarty twins, who qualify for nationals.

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