UTICA — Five more program-best marks were set by the Amsterdam High School girls indoor track and field team Wednesday in a brilliant performance at the TCITL Section II Girls Invitational at Utica College.
Sophomores Gabby Stanavich and Lauren Santiago each broke individual records, and the Lady Rams also set new all-time bests in a pair of relay events.
Stanavich eclipsed her previous school best of 8.86 seconds in the 55-meter hurdles twice, running an 8.85 in the preliminary heats before posting an 8.79 to win the final ahead of Fonda-Fultonville’s Emma Rhodes.
Santiago lowered her personal best in the 300-meter dash with a winning time of 42.11 seconds. The sophomore sprinter was also part of both of Amsterdam’s record-setting relay efforts.
In the 4×200-meter relay, the foursome of Stanavich, Santiago, Brenda Santana and Edena Sanchez ran away with the win in 1:48.59, lowering the prior school best by 5.5 seconds.
In the 4×400-meter relay, Olivia Lazarou joined Santana, Sanchez and Santiago to win in 4:10.37, bettering the record mark that foursome set early this month at Ithaca College by four seconds.
Sanchez also scored an individual win for the Lady Rams, besting the field in the 600-meter run. Santana added a fourth-place finish in a tightly-contested 55-meter dash.
The other school record was broken by Victoria Barone-Lopez in the weight throw, helping the Lady Rams finish third in team scoring at the event behind Shenendehowa and Shaker.
Shenendehowa ran away with the team title with 103 points, followed by Shaker with 67 and Amsterdam with 61. Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake and Colonie completed the top five in the 23-team event.
Fonda-Fultonville was led at the event by strong performances from Brittany Castelluccio and Rhodes. Castelluccio took second in the long jump and third in the triple jump, while Rhodes added a third-place effort in the long jump to go along with her runner-up finish behind Stanavich in the 55 hurdles.
The Lady Braves finished sixth in the team competition with 28 points.
— Staff report