Track and Field: Niskayuna athletes perform well ahead of sectionals

Niskayuna track and field team members sing the National Anthem at the April 18 Warrior Classic at Niskayuna High School. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Reporter)Niskayuna track and field team members sing the National Anthem at the April 18 Warrior Classic at Niskayuna High School. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Reporter)

BY MICHAEL KELLY
Gazette Reporter

NISKAYUNA — Heading into Wednesday’s Section II Group 1 Championships, the Niskayuna track and field teams had strong performances at the May 19-20 Suburban Council Championships.

The Silver Warriors boys’ entry in the 4×100-meter relay was the program’s only champion at the championships. The foursome of Xavier Harris, Soja Moore, Mateo Parzych, ad Jacob Wick won with a time of 44.56 seconds.

The squad’s relays at 1,600 and 3,200 meters also did well, finishing in third and second place, respectively.

Niskayuna's Rebecca Cropsey competes in the steeplechase at the May 20 Suburban Council Championships in Clifton Park. Cropsey finished in 10th place. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Reporter)

Niskayuna’s Rebecca Cropsey competes in the steeplechase at the May 20 Suburban Council Championships in Clifton Park. Cropsey finished in 10th place. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Reporter)

Individually, Matt McDermott had the top finish for the Silver Warriors, finishing in second place in the 3,200-meter run at 9:39.76. Teammate Charlie Ragone was fourth in that event with a time of 9:48.60.

Also for the Niskayuna boys, Ryan Azer came in fourth place in both the 110-meter hurdles and 400-meter hurdles with times of 16.00 and 60.65 seconds, respectively. He also was fifth in the triple jump at 40 feet, 9.00 inches.

In addition, Angelo Cavallaro came in fourth place in the boys’ shot put at 44 feet, 3.25 inches.

Leading the way for the Niskayuna girls were Abigail Spiers and Julia Wagner. Competing in the 3,000-meter run, Spiers took 10:23.75 to finish in third place, while Julia Wagner recorded a fourth-place finish in the high jump at 5 feet.

As a team, the Niskayuna boys came in fifth place and the girls were 10th. Saratoga Springs won the boys’ championships, while Shenendehowa won the female title.

About the Author

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.