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Local track athletes take on states

Saranac Lake’s Jake Kollmer, left, poses with coach Cy Ellsworth at the NYSPHSAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Cicero-North Syracuse on Friday. (Provided photo)

Saranac Lake’s Jake Kollmer broke the school record in the 800-meter this past weekend at the NYSPHSAA track and field championships at Cicero-North Syracuse High School.

Kollmer, a junior, clocked in a time of 1 minute, 56.97 seconds in the event to earn second place in Division II — the smaller schools division — and 10th overall. His efforts beat the previous school record of 1:57.54 set by Tyler Martin in 2018. Shoreham-Wading River’s Michael Huebner was the lone Division II runner faster than him, recording a time of 1:54.26.

Kollmer was one of three Tri-Lakes track and field athletes that competed in the state track and field championships this past Friday and Saturday. Kollmer and fellow junior Liam Nobles represented Saranac Lake, as both athletes took part in two events. Aidan Fay, also a junior, competed for Lake Placid in one event.

Kollmer rounded out the state meet by setting a personal best time of 4:23.78 in the 1,600, which earned him seventh place in Division II and 18th overall. South Lewis’ Collin Stafford had the fastest time in Division II.

Nobles turned in a solid result for the Red Storm, in the two vertical jump events while also being the lone area athlete to qualify for the Federation meet — a combination of NYSPHSAA schools, New York City’s Public Schools Athletic League, the Catholic High School Athletic Association and the Association of Independent Schools — the following day.

Saranac Lake’s Liam Nobles stands on top of the NYSPHSAA podium at Cicero-North Syracuse High School on Friday.(Provided photo)

Nobles finished the long jump with a leap of 22 feet, 2.25 inches, which broke his own school record and placed him second in Division II, behind Midlakes’ Aiden Bryant (23-4.00). He also placed third overall in Division II for the triple jump with a leap of 45-1. Bryant won the event with a leap of 47-8.75.

“I am super proud of both Jake and Liam. On Friday we sat through two lightning delays so each event was delayed by several hours,” Saranac Lake head coach Cy Ellsworth said. “They both were resilient. I think that coming from the North Country benefited them because we have run in snow and sleet and been in pits that were sloppy. These two young men have done everything right from a training standpoint and have kept the bar very high within our track and field program as leaders. To have two guys from a small school in northern New York do what they are doing in this sport is a tremendous reflection of our coaching staff, our school and their commitment to excellence. They both will be college track athletes in 2025, and I am excited to have them both back next year. I look forward to guiding them through next year so that they can achieve the goals they have.”

On Saturday, Nobles took part in the Federations meet for long jump and triple jump. He placed fifth in the triple jump with a jump of 44-8.5, and eighth in the long jump with a leap of 20-6.

In Fay’s first-ever state track meet, he placed 17th in Division II for the 3,200 event and 40th overall. Fay crossed the finish line with a personal best time of 9:42.57. Hunter College Campus School’s Shane Murphy had the fastest overall time in 8:58.45, while the Division II champion was Tri-Valley’s Van Furman in 9:07.15.

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