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Michael Kelly/Recorder staff Broadalbin-Perth's Madison MacFarland competes in the high jump at Thursday's Section II Group 3 Championships at the University at Albany.

Michael Kelly/Recorder staff Broadalbin-Perth's Cadey Nolan, left, receives a handoff from Victoria Opalka in the 4x800-meter relay at Thursday's Section II Group 3 Championships at the University at Albany.


Lady Patriots place second

Friday, May 23, 2014 - Updated: 10:34 AM


ALBANY -- One relay and three individuals won events at Thursday's Section II Group 3 Championships for the Broadalbin-Perth girls outdoor track and field team, but the Lady Patriots came up short of an overall victory.

Instead, Albany Academy walked away from the University at Albany with the sectional title after topping second-place B-P, 139-101.5.

B-P head coach Jeff Richards said he told his athletes to use the loss as motivation for next season, but not to hang their heads.

"I'm impressed with what we did," he said. "There's nothing to be ashamed of, or upset about."

The Lady Patriots' 4x800-meter relay team of junior Coreena Monroe, sophomore Cadey Nolan, freshman Celina Onzo and junior Victoria Opalka was a winner Thursday, while Monroe (400-meter hurdles), junior Chelsea LeBlanc (high jump) and senior Anna Smith (shot put) each added solo wins for B-P.

"We're a young, young team," said Richards. "Most of our girls are freshmen, sophomores and juniors, so I think we can do good things next year."

One of those youngsters that contributed Thursday was sophomore Lakshmi Kesari, who finished in second place in the pole vault. In her fourth season of vaulting, Kesari came into her own in 2014 to become B-P's top hand in the event.

"I started trusting myself more," she said. "Before, I'd be too afraid to really do the correct form. Coach Richards really helped me with it, with getting me more comfortable with the pole and helping my confidence."

Kesari pulled through in the pole vault despite the day's rough conditions. The meet was delayed 90 minutes because of storms and a tornado warning, leaving the Lady Patriots needing to regroup after being stalled at the start.

"We were all so excited when we got here and the weather kind of dampened our spirits," Kesari said.

Also pitching in with major points for the Lady Patriots were junior Kylie Gifford and sophomore Kelly Makarowsky, who finished in second and third place, respectively, in the pentathlon.

"Second and third, we were definitely aiming for that," Gifford said.

Of the competitions in the five-pronged event, Makarowsky said the high jump was her biggest enemy.

"You've got to have good form for that -- and, that bar? That's an obstacle," she said.

Besides their first-place finishes, Monroe added a fourth-place finish in the 2,000-meter steeplechase; Smith came in sixth in the discus throw; and, LeBlanc came in fourth in the long jump.

Junior Christa Decker had a strong day, coming in third place in the 200-meter dash and fifth in the 100-meter dash, while Onzo added a fourth in the 400-meter dash.

Jordyn DeNeuville grabbed a fifth-place in the 3,000-meter run and a sixth in the steeplechase to help out in the distance events.

Also, Madison MacFarland finished in fourth place in the high jump, while both Joanna Tavolaro (fifth) and Lexi Eipp (sixth) scored in the pole vault.

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