ITHACA Two weeks ago, after breaking own Section 10 record in the 1,500-meter run, Laura Pierce chose the 1,500 over the 3,000 as a point of emphasis for the New York State High School Indoor Track and Field Championships.
On Saturday at Cornell University, she used a forthright race to validate her decision, lowering her own sectional record from 4 minutes, 43.5 seconds to 4:41.54 to earn a fifth-place medal. She also was sixth among the New York State Federation finishers.
Sabrina Southerland of Benjamin Cardozo led the 1,500 field in 4:34.26.
Skylar Pastor, a South Jefferson sophomore who competes for Beaver River, also lowered her own Section 10 record earning a state medal. She got fourth place in the 300 dash with a time of 40.66.
Another Benjamin Cardozo performer, Deajah Stevens, won the 300 state title in 39.24.
Pierce, a Lisbon Central junior who runs for Canton through a merger agreement, also shared in some major record-setting with 3,200 relay teammates Rebecca and Gemma DelRossi, and Abby Hampson. The Golden Bear foursome combined on a time of 9:43.18 to erase a 12-year-old school record and placed seventh just one place off an all-state medal.
The relay team really ran great and it was real highlight for me along with Laura Pierces run. All of our girls performed well, Canton coach John Casserly said. Watching Laura go up on the stage to the podium was very special. I might be wrong but I dont remember ever having coached someone who made to the podium here (indoor states).
Other efforts for Cantons Section 10 championship team at the state meet included Emma Collins, who ran a 7.82 in the 55 dash; Rebecca DelRossi, who was 20th with a 3:04.1 time in the 1,000; Lyndsay Proulx, who ran a 9.74 in the 55 hurdles; and Gemma DelRossi, who placed 15th in the 600.
OFAs Wood Places 11th
Ogdensburg Free Academys Alex Wood led the Section 10 boys entries as the senior took 11th in the 600 (1:23.42), after he had won his section in the preliminary heats.
Norwichs Matt Murray won the state title in 1:20.61. OFAs 1,600 relay team of Wood, Andrew Colburn, Travis Richardson and Donovan Smith did not reach the finals, but matched their Section 10 winning time (3:39.12).
Potsdams Ethan Vinson placed 23rd in the 1,000 in 2:39.48.
Netto places at states
Michael Netto finished eighth overall in the 100-yard breaststroke to highlight Watertown results during the state finals at Webster Schroeder high school in Webster.
The Watertown junior also placed 15th in the 200 individual medley and contributed to the Cyclones 200 medley relay, which took 22nd. Brad McKinney, Joey Ongkingco and Andrew Marilley also swam legs on the relay for Watertown.