Niskayuna girls win indoor track title

Members of the Niskayuna girls' indoor track and field team are shown after winning a sectional title Friday, Feb. 19, 2016 in Albany. (Photo provided)Members of the Niskayuna girls' indoor track and field team are shown after winning a sectional title Friday, Feb. 19, 2016 in Albany. (Photo provided)

BY JIM SCHILTZ
Gazette Sportswriter

ALBANY — The Niskayuna girls claimed their first team title since 2011 with 110 points, topping 2015 champ Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (100) at the Feb. 19 Section II Division II indoor track and field championships.

“All week we talked about each person doing something for the good of the team,” said Niskayuna coach Jason DeRocco, whose Silver Warriors were third last year. “There wasn’t a dead zone in the team. Kids stepped up, from the younger grades to some older kids who we put in different events.”

Julia Wagner of Niskayuna clears clears the high jump bar at 5' at SEFCU Arena in Albany Friday, February 19, 2016. (PETER R. BARBER/DAILY GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER)

Julia Wagner of Niskayuna clears clears the high jump bar at 5′ at SEFCU Arena in Albany Friday, February 19, 2016. (PETER R. BARBER/DAILY GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER)

The 4×800 relay group set the tone with their lopsided win early in the meet. Mohonasen ran second in 10:27.78

“Today it was all about the team,” Niskayuna’s Abigail Spiers said. “We just wanted to win and get points.”

DIVIETRO SHINES AGAIN

Some say Marisa DiVietro is the fastest female lacrosse player in Section II. Without a stick in her hands, defenders surrounding her and on a smooth surface, the Niskayuna senior is even faster.

She displayed her gift for go with a win the 600 (1:43.08), with an anchor leg on a first-place 4×800 relay (10:05.87), and with a monster leadoff leg on a victorious 4×400 relay (4:15.61).

“I expected none of this to happen,” the first-year indoor participant said after her 600 run where she edged schoolmate Amelia Kokernak (1:43.37).

DiVietro coasted to the finish in the 4×800 after Sydney Smith, Spiers and Victoria Padula had opened up a substantial lead. DeVietro was just warming up.

“We had such a big lead, my coach told me to conserve energy for what’s next,” DiVietro said of her 800 relay leg. “I think that helped.”

DiVietro started the 4×400 relay with a 61-second anchor that had the arena buzzing, and Niskayuna held the big lead she built with Grace Minkin, Erica Wasserbach and Kokernak.

“I’ll take 10 of her,” DeRocco said of DiVietro.

SILVER WARRIORS QUALIFY FOR STATES

Niskayuna’s Kokernak, DiVietro, and Charlie Ragone qualified for the March 6 state championships at Cornell University.

Kokernak will compete in the girls’ intersectional relay, DiVietro will compete in the girls’ 600-meter run, and Ragone will compete in the boys’ intersectional relay.


Michael Reyes of Niskayuna clears a hurdle in the  100 hurdles final at SEFCU Arena in  Albany Friday, February 19, 2016. (PETER R. BARBER/DAILY GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER)

Michael Reyes of Niskayuna clears a hurdle in the 100 hurdles final at SEFCU Arena in Albany Friday, February 19, 2016. (PETER R. BARBER/DAILY GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER)


Top-six finishers from Niskayuna at the Section II Division II indoor track and field championships. (Minus the weight throw)

FIRST PLACE

Boys’ 800-meter relay: Michael Reyes, Joey Romano, Soja Moore, Mateo Parzych

Girls’ 600-meter run: Marisa DiVietro

Girls’ 1,600-meter relay: Marisa DiVietro, Grace Minkin, Erica Wasserbach, Amelia Kokernak

Girls’ 3,200-meter relay: Sydney Smith, Abigail Spiers, Victoria Padula, Marisa DiVietro

SECOND PLACE

Boys’ 300-meter dash: Mateo Parzych

Boys’ 3,200-meter relay: Marty Dolan, Joe Hale, Colin Ross, Darius Irani

Girls’ 600-meter run: Amelia Kokernak

Girls’ 1,000-meter run: Amelia Kokernak

Girls’ 1,500-meter run: Erica Wasserbach

Girls’ 3,000-meter run: Abigail Spiers

THIRD PLACE

Boys’ 55-meter dash: Mateo Parzych

Boys’ 3,200-meter run: Colin Ross

Boys’ 55-meter hurdles: Michael Reyes

Boys’ long jump: Joey Romano

Girls’ 1,500-meter run: Lexi Sciortino

Girls’ 800-meter run: Sarah Dalakos, Clare Lawson, Claire Decker, Grace Minkin

Girls’ triple jump: Julia Wagner

Girls’ shot put: Kari Leap

FOURTH PLACE

Boys’ 1,600-meter run: Charlie Ragone

Boys’ triple jump: Joey Romano

Girls’ 600-meter run: Sydney Smith

Girls’ 1,000-meter run: Lexi Sciortino

Girls’ long jump: Clare Lawson

Girls’ triple jump: Cara LaPorta

FIFTH PLACE

Boys’ 3,200-meter run: Marty Dolan

Girls’ 1,000-meter run: Erica Wasserbach

Girls’ high jump: Julia Wagner

Girls’ long jump: Claire Decker

Girls’ triple jump: Clare Lawson

SIXTH PLACE

Boys’ 1,000-meter run: Darius Irani

Boys’ triple jump: Soja Moore


BOYS

Team scores

Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake 91, Amsterdam 77, Niskayuna 62, Green Tech 51, Averill Park 45.5, Ballston spa 45, LaSalle 36, Columbia 30.5, South Glens Falls 27, Mohonasen 16, Troy 15.

GIRLS

Team scores

Niskayuna 110, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake 100, Emma Willard 70, South Glens Falls 50, Amsterdam 44, Columbia 35, Holy Names 32, Ballston Spa 19, Averill Park 18, Mohonasen 18.

 

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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.