Michael Kelly/Recorder staff Members of the Amsterdam High School girls 4x1,600-meter relay team are shown during Saturday's Fonda-Fultonville Relays in Fonda. The team broke its school's record in the event. Shown, from left, are: Chantel Dopp, Caitlyn Adamchick, Olivia Lazarou and Delilah Quinones.
Michael Kelly/Recorder staff Members of the Broadalbin-Perth girls 4x200-meter relay team are shown during Saturday's Fonda-Fultonville Relays in Fonda. The team broke its school's record in the event. Shown, from left, are: Kylie Gifford, Kelly Makarowsky, Kaitlin Sala and Celina Onzo.
Michael Kelly/Recorder staff Fonda-Fultonville girls' Lindsay Therrien, left, and Kim Geniti connect for a handoff during Saturday's Fonda-Fultonville Relays in Fonda.
Michael Kelly/Recorder staff Canajoharie's Dainara Veeder competes in the 3x100-meter hurdles relay during Saturday's Fonda-Fultonville Relays in Fonda.
By MICHAEL KELLY
FONDA -- It was a record-setting Saturday at the Fonda-Fultonville Relays, and the marks began falling right from the start of the outdoor track and field invitational.
In the day's first race, the Amsterdam High School girls entry in the 4x1,600-meter relay broke its school's record in the event. From there, the AHS boys broke two meet records and one school record, while the Broadalbin-Perth girls broke a school record in the 4x200-meter relay.
The Lady Rams foursome of seniors Caitlyn Adamchick and Delilah Quinones, sophomore Chantel Dopp and eighth-grader Olivia Lazarou almost had its attempt at the 4x1,600-meter relay school record derailed. Dopp has been battling a left knee injury and was almost scratched from the race before deciding to give it a go.
"I knew we wanted to beat that school record, so I wanted to try," Dopp said.
After brisk opening turns from Lazarou, Adamchick and Quinones, the Lady Rams put Dopp in position to finish the job -- and Dopp did, as the Lady Rams' time of 23 minutes, 30.0 seconds clipped the old record with two seconds to spare.
Dopp said her knee hurt throughout her turn, but that she wanted to keep going for her teammates.
"It's good to get the record with the seniors since it's their last year," said Dopp, as the Lady Rams finished in second place in the event to Greenwich.
Not long after the Lady Rams' record-breaking performance, the B-P girls followed suit in the 4x200-meter relay. The team of juniors Kylie Gifford and Kaitlin Sala, sophomore Kelly Makarowsky and freshman Celina Onzo combined for a first-place time of 1 minute, 52.0 seconds.
"We were just thinking about our place before the race, and that maybe we could [also get the record]," Sala said.
When the B-P girls realized they had gotten both goals, the celebration was spirited.
"We'd never been so happy," Sala said.
Right after the B-P girls' record, the AHS boys 4x200-meter relay team of senior Lucas Dorr, juniors Izaiah Brown and David Graveley and sophomore Bryan Stanavich followed with a school- and meet-record time of 1 minute, 30.4 seconds.
The Rams had entered the meet thinking it could approach its school record of 1 minute, 31.5 seconds. Graveley -- who had not run a 200-meter race this season -- said he was just happy not to mess up his team's chance with a more-than-respectable split of 22.7 seconds.
"I didn't think I could run that fast and I thought I was going to mess it all up for everybody else," said Graveley. "But, as a team, we all were together and worked really hard on getting it."
Graveley said it was nice to be back on the Rams' record board. The junior had temporarily contributed to the school's best mark in the 4x400-meter relay last season, but, just days later, an AHS group without Graveley bested his record.
"Hopefully this one will stick until I'm out of high school, at least," Graveley said of Saturday's 4x200-meter relay time.
While AHS boys head coach Kevin Wilary had his eyes on setting a record in the 4x200-meter relay before the meet, he was more enamored Saturday with a meet record his freshman/sophomore team of Edgar Maldonado, Alezey Rivera, Omahri Sturdivant and Cam Thomas set in the sprint medley relay with a time of 1 minute, 43.0 seconds.
That's because each of the four sophomores are in Wilary's global studies class.
"I'm more excited about that one because I'm going to get to brag about it in class, seventh period Monday," Wilary said.
The four sophomores broke the old meet record of 1 minute, 43.4 seconds. Rivera said the group had no idea about the record before the race.
"We just ran," he said.
At the varsity level, the Rams collected a total of five victories. Besides the 4x200-meter relay win, the AHS boys collected victories in the 4x100-meter relay (Dorr, junior Ryan Farley, Graveley and Sturdivant), the 4x400-meter relay (Brown, Graveley, sophomore Gabe Fernandez and Maldonado), the long jump relay (Brown and Sturdivant) and the high jump relay (Brown and sophomore Gehrig Garner).
The B-P boys triple jump relay team of senior Mike Visco and junior Jake Coveney won a title, while the Patriots' entry of senior Pierre LaPort and junior Doug Sutter added a win in the shot put relay.
The Fonda-Fultonville boys also had two wins. The team of seniors Ryan Park and Michael Sweet, and junior Tristan Nellis won the 3x110-meter hurdles relay, while the Braves' 4x800-meter relay team also won its event.
Juniors Dylan DeSorbo and Dan Westman, plus senior Cameron Gilligan have been mainstays for the Braves in that distance relay event, while freshman Tyler Weaver has been a critical add for the club.
"We all need to keep getting our times down, but, in Tyler Weaver, we've found a pretty good fourth guy to fill us out these last few weeks," Westman said.
Besides the Lady Patriots' win in the 4x200-meter relay, the B-P girls also added wins in the 4x400-meter relay (Gifford, junior Coreena Monroe, Onzo and junior Victoria Opalka), the sprint medley relay (Gifford, Monroe, Onzo and Sala) and the shot put relay (senior Anna Smith and freshman Harmony Zukas).
The Lady Braves picked up wins in three events. The team of senior Rebekah Hentnik and eighth-grader Ryleigh Hesch won the pole vault relay; senior Carly Littlejohn and junior Camryn Savoie won the discus throw relay; and, seniors Lindsay Therrien and Kim Geniti, plus eighth-grader Emma Rhodes won the 3x400-meter hurdles relay.
While Geniti and Therrien have long been two of the area's best in the hurdles, Saturday's win continued Rhodes' strong season. The eighth-grader said she hoped to use the momentum from the victory to keep pushing forward with her hurdling.
"That's my goal right now," Rhodes said.
The invitational was not scored for team results.
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