Athletes place high in state competition - Catholic Courier

Athletes place high in state competition

Track stars from Aquinas Institute and Elmira Notre Dame, along with golfers from Our Lady of Mercy, recently took their places among the state’s elite with standout performances.

In track, Aquinas’ Jahmahl Pardner and Camaria Long each earned second-place finishes at the NYSPHSAA championships held June 8-9 at Cicero-North Syracuse High School. Pardner took second in the 110-meter hurdles final with a time of 14.66 seconds. He also placed fourth in Division 2 in :15.05. In addition, Pardner took third in Division 2 in the 200 dash in :22.85.

Long was successful at states as well, placing second in Division 2 in the 100 meters in :12.80. She added a sixth-place showing in the 200 meters in :26.44.

Meanwhile, Elmira Notre Dame’s 1,600 relay produced a fifth-place finish in Division 2 as Brittany Schutrum, Rachel Lamoreaux, Deborah Diarra and Mary Pelkowski combined for a time of 4:04.14.

In golf, Mercy’s Danielle Fuss claimed second place at the state tournament held June 9-10. She finished with a five-over-par total of 149 on the College Golf Course at SUNY Delhi, posting rounds of 73 and 76, to place two strokes behind medalist Cat Peters of Clarence (75-72) but ahead of 70 other players. Fuss had tied for eighth at the 2011 state tourney.

Mercy teammate Christine Schmitt, the tournament’s first-round leader with an even-par 72, posted a second-day 83 and settled for a sixth-place tie at 155 after placing third in the event last year. Also from the Monarchs, Sara Quinn tied for 13th with 164 (78-86). All three Monarch golfers had become eligible for states last fall, when Schmitt won her second straight Section 5 tournament while Fuss placed fifth and Quinn was eighth.


More highlights

* Notre Dame girls’ track claimed the Section 4 Class D title on May 16 by winning seven events and totaling 107 points, easily outdistancing second-place Candor’s 82. ND event winners were Schutrum (400), Pelkowski (800), Jen Smithers (400 hurdles), Mara Skordynski (high jump), Maddie Bense (3,000), and the 400- and 1,600-meter relays. The Crusader girls went on to win the 400 and 1,600 relays at the state-qualifying meet held May 24.

* Aquinas boys’ track placed second at the Section 5 Class B meet on May 26, thanks largely to Pardner’s first places in four events: the 100 and 200 dashes, 110 hurdles and long jump. Also at that meet, Long won the girls’ 400 as her AQ team placed fourth. Pardner went on to place first in the Division 2 200 dash and 110 hurdles at the state qualifier on June 1, while Long placed first in the 200 meters and second in the 100. AQ’s 1,600 relay was third.

* Our Lady of Mercy girls’ track finished fourth at the Section 5 Class A meet on May 26. First-place Monarch finishers were Emem Ikpot in the long jump along with the 1,600 relay.

* McQuaid Jesuit boys’ golf was runner-up at the Section 5 Class A team tournament on May 24. The Knights totaled 305 strokes to tie for first place with Pittsford Sutherland, but lost on a tiebreaker. McQuaid’s Andrew Galvin shot an even-part 71 to earn medalist honors. Teammate Michael Lane went on to earn a spot in the state tournament by tying for fourth place in the state qualifier held May 19 and 21. Lane then tied for 46th at the state event June 4-5.

* Aquinas boys’ lacrosse reached the Section 5 Class C semifinals with a 12-4 quarterfinal win over No. 7 Gananda on May 23. The second-seeded Irish were paced by three goals each from Billy Lombardi and Jon Olbrich. That victory was preceded by a 16-1 first-round win over Wayne on May 21 as Joe Snook scored seven goals. Aquinas’ season ended with an 8-7 semifinal loss to No. 3 Livonia on May 25 despite five goals from Alex Bianchi. The team’s final record was 14-5.

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