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Area athletes qualify for state indoor track meet

Two Bethlehem students won in boys field events. Sam Smith took first place in the high jump by clearing 6 feet, 4 inches a half-foot ahead of Colonie's Greg Kehrer while Jake Platel won the pole vault by clearing 13 feet. Shen's Chris Cozzens and Jeff Reinker each cleared 12-6 in the pole vault to qualify for states.

Crouse won the boys triple jump with a distance of 45-9.25, while Albany's Chris Fagan took first place in the boys long jump with a leap of 22-0.5. Shaker's Prince Abban qualified for states in both events after placing second in the long jump with a distance of 20-7.5 and finishing third in the triple jump with a distance of 42-8.

Shen's James Schwendtner and Evan Palmer qualified for states in the boys shot put. Schwendtner won with a throw of 50-8.5, while Palmer placed second with a throw of 50-2.

The girls 55 dash finals was decided by three-hundredths of a second. Holy Names' Klarissa Ricks won with a time of 7.12 seconds, while Saratoga's Madalayne Smith placed second with a time of 7.15 seconds.

Smith came back to win the girls 55 hurdles title with a time of 8.29 seconds. Colonie's Kyle Plante was second in a time of 8.81 seconds.

Shaker's Diana Hummel finished first in the girls 300 dash with a time of 42.43 seconds, more than a second ahead of runner-up Kendra Adams of BH-BL. Guilderland's Liz Schwenker was third in a time of 43.54 seconds to earn a spot on the intersectional relay team.

Colonie's Nayamka Roberts-Smith finished second to Chatham's Leah Wightman in the girls 600 with a state meet-qualifying time of 1:41.25. Shen's Meredith Cully qualified for the intersectional relay after placing third in a time of 1:42.16.

BH-BL's Rachael Cyrus qualified for states in the girls 1,000 after finishing second with a time of 3:05.40, nearly 1.5 seconds behind Holy Names' Jordan White.

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