By MICHAEL KELLY
ALBANY -- At the most important meet of their season, the youngsters for the Amsterdam High School girls outdoor track and field team did not let the event's magnitude affect their performances.
"Not at all," said AHS head coach Stu Palczak. "Maybe they didn't know any better, but we had talked this week about how we didn't have to do anything fantastic, we just had to trust our training and do what we do."
Four middle-school athletes competed Wednesday for the Lady Rams, which scored nine points at the Section II Group 2 Championships to finish in 12th place out of 14 teams. Eighth-grader Olivia Lazarou picked up a pair of fifth-place finishes to lead the Lady Rams at the University at Albany.
"We loaded her up like we usually do and she responded," Palczak said.
Lazarou scored two points apiece for the Lady Rams in the 800-meter run and 1,500-meter run.
Also competing for AHS by way of Lynch Literacy Academy were seventh-grader Lauren Santiago, and eighth-graders Gianna DeRosa and Brenda Santana. Both Santana and Santiago advanced to a final in sprint races, while Gianna DeRosa turned in a personal-record time of 2 minutes, 34.79 seconds in the 800-meter run.
"She smashed her PR," Palczak said.
Lazarou had finished the 800-meter run in 2 minutes, 28.12 seconds, while her scoring time in the 1,500-meter run was 4 minutes, 58.33 seconds.
Elsewhere, the Lady Rams veterans had solid days.
Junior Maddie Janetsky finished in fifth place in the triple jump with a leap of 32 feet, 1.5 inches; senior Delilah Quinones finished the 1,500-meter run in 5 minutes, 6.64 seconds to claim sixth place and grab a point for the squad; junior McKenna Palczak came in sixth place in the 100-meter hurdles, scoring a point for AHS with her time of 17.31 seconds; and, sophomore Cassandra Robataille placed sixth in the high jump with a leap of 4 feet, 6 inches.
Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake won the team title with 184 points.
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