Storm relay team breaks record

SARANAC LAKE — The Saranac Lake boys and girls track teams defeated Plattsburgh as the boys 4×800 meter relay team broke a school record Tuesday.

At 8:08.5, seniors Andrew and Peter Fogarty, Micah McCulley and James Catania not only defeated the 39-year-old school record of 8:14 but also tied the Section VII record.

“We have put in a lot to track over the past four years. It’s pretty exciting being on the board and cementing ourselves into school history,” said Andrew Fogarty.

This is not new territory for Peter Fogarty as he broke the record for the 3,000 meter steeplechase earlier this year for both the school and section with a time of 9:38:31. With that time, he, along with his twin brother Andrew, qualified for the national meet. Andrew ran the steeplechase in 10:09:57. Andrew would have also been the record holder as the previous school record was 10:10. Peter outran the section record by one second as it stood at 9:39:69.

The Saranac Lake team as a whole had a strong outing against Plattsburgh as the boys continue to stay undefeated. Thrower Mitchell Ellsworth won both the discus and the shotput, sprinter Colter Cheney-Seymour took the 100 and 200 meter for the Red Storm, and Gabe Wilson won the high jump, long jump and was on the 4×400 meter winning relay team. The Red Storm boys only dropped two events on the night in the 4×100 meter relay and the triple-jump. The end score for the boys was Saranac Lake 92, Plattsburgh 36.

The Saranac Lake girls had a close meet against Plattsburgh, edging the Hornets 67-63. On Senior Night, seniors Gwen Mader and Claire Fletcher put on a show, winning two events each. Mader won the 800 meter dash and Fletcher won the 400 meter hurdles, both were on the winning 4×800 meter relay team. Mia Sanford also had a strong night, winning the shotput and discus. Her teammate Grace Glascock who won the 100 meter hurdles and was on the winning 4×100 meter relay team.

Both teams will be competing in the Section VII championships Friday at the Lake Placid horse show grounds.

State championships have been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, making sectionals the end of the season, except for those who qualified for nationals.


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