Indoor Track: Nisky teams place 2nd, 3rd

SCHENECTADY — Both Niskayuna High School indoor track and field squads had strong showings at Sunday’s league meet at Union College.

Shenendehowa won both the boys and girls competitions, while the Niskayuna girls came in second place and the boys finished in third.

For the Niskayuna girls, individual event winners included senior Ericka Stewart in the 300-meter dash with a time of 45.8 seconds; freshman Abigail Spiers in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 5 minutes, 11.8 seconds; and, junior Julia Wagner in the high jump, with a leap of 4 feet, 10 inches.

Also, the Niskayuna girls swept all three of the day’s relays. The team of junior Sarah Dalakos, sophomore Cara LaPorta, junior Clare Lawson and Wagner won the 4×200-meter relay with a time of 2 minutes, 2.8 seconds; sophomore Kahzonnie Cruz, senior Elizabeth Patt, Spiers and Stewart won the 1,600 sprint medley in 4 minutes, 44.6 seconds; and, the foursome of freshman Rebecca Cropsey, freshman Amelia Kokernak, eighth-grader Grace Minkin and freshman Katie Showers won the distance medley with a time of 13 minutes, 52.4 seconds.

For the Niskayuna boys, sprinters led the way. Senior Jacob Wick won the 55-meter dash in 5.6 seconds; senior Xavier Harris took the 300-meter dash with a time of 39.7 seconds; and, the 4×200-meter relay team of Harris, junior Mateo Parzych, Nicholas Reyes and Wick won with a time of 1 minute, 45.2 seconds.

In the boys competition, Shenendehowa scored 151 points, second-place Amsterdam had 97, and Niskayuna collected 75.5; for the girls, Shenendehowa compiled 194 points, Niskayuna had 104.5, and third-place Amsterdam had 73.5.

— Michael Kelly

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Michael Kelly
Michael Kelly is a sports reporter for Your Clifton Park and Your Niskayuna, weekly print publications of The Daily Gazette. Kelly grew up in Clifton Park and graduated from Shenendehowa High School in 2006. He is also a 2010 graduate of the Stony Brook University School of Journalism. Kelly's work has been honored by the New York News Publishers Association, the New York State Associated Press Association, and the Associated Press Sports Editors. His work has previously been featured in The (Amsterdam) Recorder, The Saratogian, and Albany Times Union.