Bethlehem edges BH-BL for Queensbury Invitational title

The Bethlehem boys track and field team won the Queensbury Invitational by the slimmest of margins.

The Eagles finished with 88 points at Saturday's meet, one-half point ahead of runner-up Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake. Voorheesville finished eighth with 31 points.

Sam Smith and Paul Buehler led Bethlehem with individual victories. Smith took first place in the pentathlon with 3,086 points, while Buehler finished first in the triple jump with a distance of 45 feet, 1.75 inches. Buehler also placed third in the long jump with a distance of 20 feet, 4.5 inches.

The Eagles added a victory in the 3,200-meter relay. The team of Luke Carpinello, Spencer Gyory, Ari Rodriguez and Yousef Zaid finished with a time of 8:20.70, nearly 13 seconds ahead of runner-up Glens Falls.

Zaid also placed third in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:59.99, less than one second behind runner-up Ian Powell of Voorheesville. BH-BL's Chris Fernandez won with a time of 1:58.62.

Voorheesville had one individual champion in Nathan Bub. The senior won the 400-meter dash with a time of 51.37 seconds, more than one second ahead of Bethlehem's Jack Bossung.

On the girls' side, BH-BL took the team title with 117 points, while Guilderland finished second with 112.5 points. Bethlehem was fourth with 54 points, and Voorheesville took 13th place with 23 points.

Guilderland and Bethlehem each won a relay to give them valuable points. Guilderland's 400-meter relay team of Kyra Malamood, Lexi Fehervari, Rhea Rubin and Ernsetine Skipper finished first with a time of 51.55 seconds, while Bethlehem's 3,200-meter relay team of Mariel Doyle, Emily MacFarlane, Chrstina MacFarlane and Molly Hassett took first place with a time of 9:44.73.

Guilderland's Bri Del Bene added a victory in the discus throw with a toss of 122 feet, 5 inches.

The Guilderland boys track team competed at the rain-shortened Johnstown Invitational Saturday. The Dutchmen tied Averill Park for fourth place with 47 points. Mike Heiserman and Dashawn Gates each won indivi-dual events for Guilderland."

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