Saturday, May 15, 2010

70th annual Eddy Meet recap

South Colonie sophomore Kyle Plante meets the press after being named the Most Outstanding Female Performer at the 2010 Eddy Meet at Union College. (Video capture by Will Montgomery).

A year ago, Kyle Plante was busy playing lacrosse for Colonie. This year, she decided to run track and field for the Garnet Raiders, much to the delight of the spectators gathered at Union College for the 70th running of the William F. Eddy Memorial Invitational.

Plante became the first female to crack the Eddy Meet's one-minute barrier in the 400 meter hurdles, as her 59.95 second pace was a new meet record.

She also cruised to victory in the 200 meters, finishing first in 24.66 seconds. She earned 14 of 15 MOP votes. For more from Plante, click on the video below.

Saratoga Springs senior Madalayne Smith clears a hurdle en route to her third straight Eddy Meet 100 meters hurdles victory Saturday afternoon at Union College. (Photos by J.S. Carras - The Record).

Madalayne Smith, who will run at the University of Connecticut next year, won the 100 meter hurdles at the Eddy Meet for the third straight year. She also added the 100 meter dash title this year, joining Plante as a double champion.

Plante joked after the races that she just might have to get a new trophy shelf soon - she's running out of space.

Averill Park junior Chris Miller bounds down the track en route to a second place finish in the 100 meter dash at the 2010 Eddy Meet.

Miller's time of 11.19 was a personal best and he admitted he just wanted to keep pace with Albany's Kareem Morris, who placed first in 11.02 second.

Morris also won the 200 meter dash (22.33) and led the Falcons' 4x100 relay team to a first-place prize, running a 43.38 team effort. Albany High edged Shenendehowa for the boys' team title.

Fonda-Fultonville's Shane Smith, who won the discus and shot put events, was named the Most Outstanding Male Performer.

For more with Miller, click on the video below.



Columbia High runner Anna Boughtwood crosses the finish line at the conclusion of the 400 meter dash.

Anna Boughtwood placed fourth in the 400 meters, as her 59.87 seconds kept her on the right side of the one-minute mark.

She spoke with our Ryan Kircher for a feature story that will run in Sunday's paper. Here is a brief excerpt:

The past two years Boughtwood has quietly excelled in distances ranging from 200 to 600 meters both indoors and outdoors. In sprint events sometimes run with more flash than substance Boughtwood brings a simple yet efficient approach.

And it works for her.

"I just want to run my best," Boughtwood said. "I always want to keep improving and just not get slower."

Boughtwood getting slower is highly unlikely. In fact, she has her sights set on only getting faster and breaking the Columbia High School record in the 400 meters. She also has a very good chance of making the state championship meet for the second straight year.

Saratoga Springs' Amanda Borroughs crosses the finish line as the winner in the girls' 800 meter dash.

Thanks to the efforts of the aforementioned Smith and runners such as Amanda Borroughs, Kelly Fredette and Keelin Hollowood, Saratoga Springs won the girls' team title. Other local teams in the top 10 included Holy Names (third), Shenendehowa (sixth), Schenectady (eighth), Colonie (ninth) and Queensbury (tenth).

Shenendehowa's Lizzie Predmore, featured here by Ryan Kircher, won the 1500 meter run in a time of 4:36.09. That time was less than one second off the meet record of 4:35.46, set in 1994 by Columbia's Susanne Heyer.

Lansingburgh High School senior Alney Tobias, who will run at the University of Nebraska next year, leads the pack after one lap in the boys' 800 meter dash. He finished seventh.

It wasn't the greatest day on the track for Rensselaer County runners, as none took home a first-place trophy across the Hudson River. Still, the weather was great and there were a ton of great performances from athletes from around the state.

For the full story - and a feature on Columbia's Anna Boughtwood - check out Sunday's edition of The Record.

70th annual William F. Eddy Memorial Track and Field Meet at Union College
15 May, 2010
BOYS
Team scores: 1, Albany (61). 2, Shenendehowa (56). 3, Bay Shore (48). 4, Westbury (42). 5, Shaker (39). 6, Ballston Spa (31). 7, Burnt Hills and Cooperstown (29). 9, Uniondale (24). 10, Fonda-Fultonville (21). 11, Northport (20). 12, La Salle and Bethlehem (14). 14, Albany Academy (13). 15, Stillwater (12). 16, Saratoga Springs (11). 17, Colonie and Mt. Anthony (10). 19, Amsterdam (9). 20, Averill Park, Springfield Griffith, Gloversville and South Glens Falls (8). 24, Ticonderoga and Lake George (6). 26, Mohonasen and Bishop Gibbons (5). 28, Voorheesville and Canajoharie (4). 30, Schalmont (3). 31, Maple Hill, Lansingburgh, West Seneca West, Niskayuna and Glens Falls (2). 36, Seton Catholic, Whitesboro and Port Jefferson (1).
Individual results: 110H—Stewart (West) 14.83. 100M—Morris (AHS) 11.02. 800M—Sainato (Colonie) 1:55.14. 400M—Mount (Saratoga) 48.97. 400H—Roberts (Bay Shore) 55.04. 4x100—AHS (Arrington, Gates, Morris and Murrell) 43.38. 1 mile—Ubriaco (BH) 4:21.47. 200M—Morris (AHS) 22.33. 3200M—Edmonds (Cooper) 9:18.16. 4x800—Shaker (Delago, Foster, Hedderman, Rechhia) 8:09.48. 4x400—Shen (Hildenbrandt, Charbonneau, Jacobs, Campoli) 3:20.25. High jump—Silber (Mt. Anthony) 6-4. Pole vault—Schettino (AHS) 14-6. Long jump—Hutchinson (Bay Shore) 23-11. Triple jump—Hutchinson (Bay Shore) 47-0. Discus—Smith (Fonda) 183-10. Shot put—Smith (Fonda) 55-1.

GIRLS

Team scores: 1, Saratoga Springs (65). 2, Utica Proctor (56). 3, Holy Names (52). 4, Northport (49). 5, Bay Shore (42). 6, Shenendehowa (41). 7, Uniondale (26). 8, Schenectady (23). 9, Colonie and Queensbury (22). 11, Rome Free Academy (18). 12, Westbury (14). 13, Ballston Spa (13). 14, Shaker and Guilderland (11). 16, Schuylerville, Niskayuna and Glens Falls (10). 19, Greenwich (8). 20, Emma Willard (7). 21, Mohonasen (6). 22, Averill Park, Ichabod Crane, Ward Melville and Columbia (5). 26, Voorheesville and Mayfield (4). 28, East Aurora (3). 29, Berne-Knox-Westerlo (2). 30, West Seneca West, Lake George and Iroquois (1).
Individual results: 100H—Smith (Saratoga) 14.11. 100M—Smith (Saratoga) 12.00. 800M—Borroughs (Saratoga) 2:13.89. 400M—Fredette (Saratoga) 58.56. 400H—Plante (Colonie) 59.95*. 1500M—Predmore (Shen) 4:36.09. 200M—Plante (Colonie) 24.66. 3000M—Hollowood (Saratoga) 9:55.49. 4x800—Niskayuna (Farley, Valero, Hensel, Higgins) 9:22.23. 4x400—Uniondale (Lawal, Powell, Mitchell, Webley) 4:00.18. 4x100—Rome Free Academy (Baker, Gallagher, Southwell, Razy) 50.69. High jump—Palmer (Schuy) 5-8. Pole vault—Kunst (GF) 10-6. Long jump—Ricks (Holy Names) 18-8.75. Triple jump—Ricketts (West) 39-5.25*. Discus—Gordon (Shen) 108-3. Shot put—Smith (Holy Names) 39-9.
*=meet record.

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