Storm boys track tops Spartans, girls fall

Saranac Lake’s Soren Wolford wins the 100-meter dash event on Thursday in Saranac Lake. (Enterprise photo — Parker O’Brien)

SARANAC LAKE — After falling in its first meet of the season on Tuesday, the Saranac Lake boys track and field recorded its first win of the season on Thursday, topping the Saranac Central Spartans 79-52 on their home track. Meanwhile, the Red Storm girls were defeated 78-45.

Saranac Lake’s boys captured 10 events. Liam Nobles led the way by winning four individual events — the 110-meter hurdles, the 200-meter dash, the triple jump and the long jump.

“Saranac was missing some top athletes tonight but I was very proud of all of our guys,” Red Storm boys head coach Cy Ellsworth said. “We need to keep working hard through our early season so that in late May we will be running on all eight cylinders. We saw some good things tonight, and we are gaining confidence but Saranac will be a much different team when we see them on May 14.”

The Red Storm also got individual wins from Soren Wolford in the 100-meter, Jake Kollmer in the 1,600, Sam Bickford in the 800 and Keaton Daley in the 3,200. Saranac Lake won both the 3,200- and 1,600-meter relay events, with Bickford, Kollmer, Sam Madden and Will Tromblee on the 3,200 team and Madden, Tromblee, Sage Kite-Whidden and Austin Shoemaker on the 1,600 team.

On the girls side, Saranac Central won 11 events en route to the win, dropping the Red Storm girls overall record to 0-2.

Saranac Lake’s Michaela Gillis competes in the long jump event during Thursday’s dual meet against Saranac Central. (Enterprise photo — Parker O’Brien)

“No doubt, it’s disappointing when you lose, but when you learn from some of the experiences and you can take some positives away from a loss, it helps you stay focused and concentrate on some specific actions that might help you perform even better down the road,” Saranac Lake girls head coach Jason Wamsganz said. “Saranac has a really good girls team. I was extremely pleased with how well our girls did. We had some nice performances and I was super pleased with how our new track athletes and young athletes remained poised in the heat of competition.

“I was pleased with our focus and attention to detail tonight,” he added. “Coach (Elizabeth) Ash and I are constantly reminding the girls that they can only control what’s going on inside of their own lane and that their mental mindset to prepare is equally important as their performance. They did a nice job with that today. We had so many personal records, and that is what we are focusing on, getting everyone better and cheering and supporting each other through the process.”

Maggie Reed paced the Red Storm with three wins. The junior took the 100- and 400-meter hurdles and was a part of the 1,600-meter relay team alongside Michaela Gillis, Maddie Stavenhagn and Lila Zobel.

Saranac Lake also picked up an individual win from Addison Ash in the 400-meter event, and its 400 relay team of Stavenhagan, Ally Bourgeois, Zuleyka Oliveras and Rainna Baumann. The Spartan girls won all field and jumping events. Saranac’s Maddy Wynnik won both the long jump and triple jump, Desiree Jean-Pierre won the shot put and discus and Grace Domiani won the high jump.

“Saranac has a really good team and we enjoy competing against their athletes,” Wamsganz said. “They are definitely going to be the team to beat on the girls side. They are extremely deep and talented.”

Saranac Lake’s Ryan Sanford throws the shot put during Thursday’s dual meet against Saranac Central. (Enterprise photo — Parker O’Brien)

The Red Storm track teams are slated to host the Northeastern Clinton Cougars at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

“We still have a long way to go, but our athletes are buying in and their desire to improve is as strong as I have seen, especially as a whole group and for as young as we are,” Wamsganz said. “These girls just want to learn, work and improve, the recipe is pretty simple. It’s been a pleasure to come to work each day with this amazing group. Hopefully next week we will continue to see improvements.”

Thursday’s Results


Saranac Lake 79, Saranac 52

Saranac Lake’s Lena Dedivitis throws the discus during Thursday’s dual meet. (Enterprise photo — Parker O’Brien)

3,200 relay — Madden, Bickford, Tromblee and Kollmer (SL), 9:33; 110 hurdles — Nobles (SL), 15.7; 100 — Wolford (SL), 11.6; 1,600 — Kollmer (SL), 4:54; 400 relay — Daniels, Homburger, Gabonault and Hutchison (SCS), 45.8; 400 — Hamel (SCS) 55.6; 400 hurdles — Arel (SCS), 1:06.7; 800 — Bickford (SL), 2:23.3; 200 — Nobles (SL), 22.8; 3,200 — Daley (SL), 12:16; 1,600 relay — Madden, Tromblee, Kite-Whidden and Shoemaker (SL); High Jump — Duquette (SCS), 5’2“; Long Jump — Nobles (SL), 21’1”; Triple Jump — Nobles (SL), 43’5“; Shot Put — Daniels (SCS), 40’2.5”; Discus — Webber (SCS), 138’4″.


Saranac Central 78, Saranac Lake 45

3,200 relay — Norcross, Mesec, Miner and Wynnik (SCS), 11:05; 100 hurdles — Reed (SL), 19.1; 100 — Liberty (SCS), 12.7; 1,500 — Mesec (SCS), 5:35.8; 400 relay — Bourgeois, Oliveras, Stavenhagen and Baumann (SL), 57.5; 400 — Ash (SL) 1:08.2; 400 hurdles — Reed (SL), 1:34.2; 800 — Mesec (SCS), 2:50; 200 — Rabideau (SCS), 27.6; 3,000 — Miner (SCS), 13:10.9; 1,600 relay — Gillis, Stavenhagen, Reed and Zobel (SL), 5:54.3; High Jump — Domiani (SCS), 4’8“; Long Jump — Wynnick (SCS), 15’11”; Triple Jump — Wynnick (SCS), 31’4“; Shot Put — Jean-Pierre (SCS), 35′; Discus — Jean-Pierre (SCS), 94’3”.

Saranac Lake’s Maggie Reed competes in the high jump event during Thursday’s home dual meet against Saranac Central. (Enterprise photo — Parker O’Brien)

Saranac Lake’s Liam Nobles soars through the air during the long jump competition during Thursday’s home meet against Saranac Central.(Enterprise photo — Parker O’Brien)

Saranac Lake’s Cadence Kennedy leads Saranac Central’s Nora Mesec during the 1,500 event in Thursday’s dual meet in Saranac Lake. (Enterprise photo — Parker O’Brien)


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