Photo submitted Amsterdam's Izaiah Brown gets set for the start of the 300-meter dash during Sunday's Section II indoor track and field state qualifier meet at the University at Albany. Brown won the 300 meters to advance to Saturday's state championships in Ithaca.
ALBANY -- In the inaugural season of the Amsterdam High School indoor track and field program, sophomore sensation Izaiah Brown gave the Rams something to boast about Sunday morning.
Brown won the 300-meter dash during Sunday's Section II state qualifier meet at the University at Albany, punching his ticket to next week's New York State Championships at Cornell University in Ithaca, while teammate Chris Rost came within fractions of qualifying for states in both the long jump and the 55-meter dash.
After posting a time of 36.70 seconds in the preliminaries, Brown crossed the finish line in 36.90 seconds in the finals, beating runner-up Nick Powers of Colonie by more than a second. Granville's Jacob Williams was third to qualify for the inter-sectional relay at staes, while James Avery of Christian Brothers Academy finished fourth.
As a freshman this past spring, Brown reached the state meet in the 400-meter dash, but an injury suffered during the state championship race cost him a podium finish as he ended up in sixth place.
Rost, a senior, ended up on the wrong end of a pair of heartbreaking results. In the long jump, he finished tied with Chatham's Rephael Joseph for the day's second-best jump of 20 feet, 4.75 inches. The tiebreaker for second place behind Schalmont's Chas Higgins was each competitor's second-best jump -- and Joseph's effort of 20 feet, 1.75 inches was just a half-inch better than Rost's.
In the 55-meter dash, with three spots in the state meet on the line, Rost qualfied third but was fourth in the finals in 6.67 seconds -- just 0.02 seconds behind third-place finisher Shomari Ingram of Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake. Schenectady's Ammar Brown and Schalmont's Leo Pavoldi were the top two finishers.
Amsterdam also got a seventh-place finish from the 4x800 relay team of Matt Raponi, Nick Raponi, Connor Kilgallen and Anthony Stewart. Stewart contributed a 12th-place individual finish in the 1,000-meter run, while Kelly Paris was 10th in the girls 300-meter dash.
Section II Playoffs
Watervliet 62, Broadalbin-Perth 39
Mikayla Deguire returned from a knee injury suffered less than 10 days earlier in a game against Fonda-Fultonville to score 26 points and lead the top-seeded Lady Cannoneers past B-P.
Ailayia Demand added 22 points for Watervliet, which outscored B-P 19-4 in the third quarter and never looked back.
Kaitlin Wood led the Lady Patriots with 16 points, while Rachel Orapello added 10 points.
Section II Playoffs
Argyle 73, St. Johnsville 50
Section II scoring leader Joey Lufkin tallied his 2,000th career point ltae in the second quarter as part of a 36-point night as the top-seeded Scots sprinted past St. Johnsville.
Selsharay Price added 12 points for Argyle.
Alex Hart had 20 points and Dylan Klock hit three 3-pointers on his way to 11 points to pace St. Johnsville.
Loudonville Christian 53, Northville 42
Mat Yamin had a game-high 24 points and No. 2 seed Loudonville Christian used a 36-22 advantage after halftime to top Northville.
Barcley Hayward scored 13 points to lead the Falcons in defeat, while Jason VanNostrand and Tim Monette added eight points apiece.