Michael Kelly/Recorder staff Broadalbin-Perth's Anna Smith competes in the shot put during Friday's Section II Group 3 Track and Field Championships in Johnstown. Smith won the event.
Michael Kelly/Recorder staff Fonda-Fultonville junior Lindsay Therrien, left, competes in the final of the 100-meter hurdles alongside Catskill's Carly Bulich during Friday's Section II Group 3 Track and Field Championships in Johnstown.
By MICHAEL KELLY
Recorder Sports Staff
JOHNSTOWN -- At times, Friday's rain at Knox Field lessened in intensity, but it never failed to continue for the duration of the girls' Section II Group 3 Track and Field Championships.
"Basically, I got drenched early on and never got dry after that," said Fonda-Fultonville's Lindsay Therrien. "I was cold and wet the whole time."
The weather did not seem to bother the performances, though, of Therrien, the Lady Braves or the Broadalbin-Perth Lady Patriots. While Therrien had a standout day in four events for fourth-place F-F, B-P had a surprisingly strong performance to pull off a third-place team finish.
"We're happy," said B-P head coach Jeff Richards. "For the first time this season, they came and really competed. They weren't intimidated. They're young, and I said at the beginning of the season that it'd take some time for them to grow up and today they took a big step toward showing what they are capable of doing."
Likewise, F-F's Therrien had a strong all-around day. The junior came in second place in the 100-meter hurdles, third in the high jump, fourth in the long jump and fifth in the triple jump.
"We were counting on a big day from here and she had a fantastic day," F-F head coach Mike Benton said.
Area athletes dominated the girls' throwing events. B-P's Anna Smith came in first place in the shot put and fifth in the discus throw; F-F's Whitney Martuscello came in second place in both the shot put and the discus throw; and, F-F's Camryn Savoie came in sixth place in the shot put and third in the discus throw.
Despite her success, Smith was a little down after her victory in the shot put.
"I was a little upset," she said. "I'm pleased, but not overjoyed because I could have done better."
Smith's best throw of 35 feet, 2.25 inches was just a few inches from the standard needed to qualify for the state championships.
Another area athlete looking for a state-standard time was B-P's MacKenzie Ottati in the 400-meter hurdles. Ottati won her sectional title, but also did not get the time needed.
"I was still happy," she said. "Today is more about the team. Thursday (at state qualifiers) will be more my individual race."
Ottati also finished in fourth place in the high jump and contributed to a pair of scoring relays for B-P. The senior said the team result was a nice finish to the team portion of the season for the Lady Patriots.
"We had a rough year, but our coaches had high expectations for us for today," she said. "We wanted to rise to them."
Another standout performance for the Lady Patriots came from sophomore Coreena Monroe, who came in second place in the 2,000-meter steeplechase -- teammate Montana Smith came in third -- and contributed to three scoring relays.
"She came through for us," Richards said.
Other local athletes providing strong individual performances included Mayfield-Northville's Sarah Dickey (sixth place in the long jump, sixth place in the 100-meter dash); B-P's Christa Decker (sixth place in the 200-meter dash); M-N's Mary Ryan (fifth place in the 400-meter dash); B-P's Madison MacFarland (sixth place in the high jump); F-F's Rebekah Hentnik (first place in the pole vault); B-P's Joanna Tavolaro (fourth place in the pole vault); and, B-P's Renee Bellinger (sixth place in the pentathlon).
Schalmont won the team competition with 78 points, while B-P finished with 55 and F-F had 53.