BY JIM SCHILTZ
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.”
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.
Top-six finishers from Niskayuna at the Section II Division II indoor track and field championships. (Minus the weight throw)
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
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
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
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
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
Boys’ 1,000-meter run: Darius Irani
Boys’ triple jump: Soja Moore
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.
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.