S trong performances by Rebecca Lavin and Zach Diekel led the Whitehall boys’ and girls’ track teams to a pair of fifth-place finishes at last week’s Section II Class C sectionals held in Fort Plain.
Diekel captured the boys’ shot put title and finished second in the discus, and Lavin turned in a second-place finish in the girls’ 800 meter run and a pair of third-place finishes in the long jump and triple jump.
Diekel scored 18 of the boys’ 48.33 points as they finished fifth. Berne Knox Westerlo won the boys’ title. Salem finished second and Lake George came in 10th.
The girls scored 45.5 points, including 20 points from Lavin. Middleburgh Central School took the girls’ title, Salem finished seventh, and Lake George finished 12th.
Diekel won the shot put with a throw of 43 feet, 10 inches, edging out Salem’s Dakota Lash by a little more than a foot. He finished second in the discus with a throw of 129 feet, 9 inches.
Josh Hoagland had a pair of third-place finishes, crossing the line in 11.85 seconds in the 100 meter dash and finishing less than two inches behind Lash in the shot put.
Dave Rich also had a strong day for Whitehall, finishing fourth in the pole vault, clearing 11 ½ feet, and fifth in the 110 meter hurdles with a time of 18.33 seconds.
Tyler Sweenor finished fifth in the pole vault with clearing 11 feet, two inches and David Greenough tied for fourth in the high jump with a leap of 5 feet, 3 inches.
The boy’s 4×100 meter relay, consisting of Rich, Hoagland, Brandon Steves, and Tyler Perry, turned in a strong showing with a second-place finish.
“It was probably the best we’ve ran all season,” said head coach Justin Hoagland.
Lavin finished second in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:38.38, third in the long jump at 14-9.5, and third in the triple jump with a leap of 31-10.75. She also finished in a tie for sixth place in the high jump.
Taryn Tracy had one of her better performances of the season, finishing second in the 400 meter hurdles with a time of 78 seconds.
“We talked about her competing in some of the hurdling events earlier this year and she’s worked on it all season. She was really, really excited,” Culligan said.
Kassi VanGuilder was second in the high jump clearing 4 feet, 8 inches and Caitlyn Sanford placed in the top in three different events, finishing fourth in the long jump, fourth in the triple jump, and sixth in the high jump.
Erika Harker turned in a sixth-place finish in the 100 meter hurdles.
Culligan said the team turned in a nice all-around performance and several athletes who maybe didn’t place turned in personal bests.
“It was nice to see,” Culligan said. “We’re real enthusiastic about the kids that are coming back next year.”