Michael Kelly/Recorder staff Broadalbin-Perth's Mike Visco competes in the long jump during Saturday's Eddy Meet in Schenectady.
Michael Kelly/Recorder staff Broadalbin-Perth's Kaitlin Sala, left, hands off to Celina Onzo during a meet in Fonda.
By MICHAEL KELLY
Both the Patriots and Lady Patriots of Broadalbin-Perth will venture Thursday to the University at Albany for the Section II Group 3 Championships for outdoor track and field.
B-P's last team title victory at sectionals came in 2007, when the Lady Patriots topped Chatham.
Thursday's meet begins at 4 p.m. Here are three things to watch for at the championships:
WHO STEPS UP?
The Broadalbin-Perth boys are a candidate to play the role of dark horse at Thursday's championships. While the Patriots are not a favorite heading into the day's meet, B-P could throw itself right into the hunt if a few things go its way.
The Patriots know they are going to get a ton of points from Greg Bogdan, Jake Coveney, Pierre LaPort and Mike Visco. That foursome should provide B-P with roughly 75 points on its own.
So, the Patriots need to scrap together 25-to-40 points to have a shot at a team title. The best chance for that to happen is for B-P to find some relay success, grab some serious points from a rounding-into-form Henry Caughey and use its variety of throwers to cobble together an extra 10 non-LaPort points.
If those things happen, the B-P boys could surprise.
TO THE TOP
The Lady Patriots are one of the favorites at Thursday's championships.
While the club has several stars that are likely to gather first-place finishes, the thing that makes the B-P girls special this season is their depth. The Lady Patriots' lineup has no real holes, and it will not be a shock if the club scores in every event.
The key for the Lady Patriots will be for the squad to clean up in the distance events. Sectional meets include the steeplechase, which should give the B-P girls an extra event in which to flaunt their distance depth.
AN EYE TOWARD QUALIFIERS
While the focus Thursday will be on team success, several B-P athletes will also be looking to put themselves in the best possible position for next week's state qualifiers.
Several athletes could register state-qualifying times/distances, meaning such a competitor will only need to finish in second place next week to qualify for the state championships.
The B-P boys with the best chances to make noise at state qualifiers are Bogdan, Coveney and Visco; the top trio for the Lady Patriots includes Chelsea LeBlanc, Coreena Monroe and Anna Smith.
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