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Frontier League track and field: Lowville’s Roberts pushes to be the best

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LOWVILLE — Ellory Roberts is fascinated by the capabilities of the human body.

The Lowville senior excels in sprints and throws for the girls track and field team. She is most consistent and has enjoyed the most success in the shot put, but the 100-meter dash provides the most exhilaration for her.

“It’s an adrenaline rush,” Roberts said. “I think about it scientifically — it’s really cool how anyone can get their body to move that fast.”

Roberts is the defending Frontier League champion in the shot put. In her first season competing in track and field two years ago, she captured the Section 3 Class B-2 title in the shot put with a school-record throw of 32 feet, 8 inches.

“She’s very fast, and that’s always important for throwing,” Lowville coach Bill Marks said. “She’s also very solidly built. That combined with good technique make her a very good thrower.”

Roberts transferred from Augustinian Academy, a private Catholic school in Carthage, her freshman year. She had recently recovered from knee surgery, so she only played basketball during her first year at Lowville. The next school year she added track and field and made an immediate impact. She captured four events during her first league meet.

“She caught on very fast,” Lowville head coach Marj Rush said. “You couldn’t tell she hadn’t participated in track before.”

Roberts remembers watching her teammates throw the shot during practice her first season.

“I thought, ‘I’ll try, that looks kind of interesting,” Roberts noted. “Mr. Marks said, ‘OK, throw it at me.’ And usually when people were throwing at him it was dropping three feet in front of him, so he was fine standing there. I threw it and it almost hit him and he had to move out of the way.”

Roberts had the speed and strength for throwing but struggled with technique, especially in the discus event.

“I was throwing (the disc) with the wrong type of spin and it took me longer than most people to figure out which direction to properly spin it,” she said.

Roberts is aiming for the school record in the discus and will need to surpass the 105-4 mark set by Anna Doroghazi in 1997. Roberts’s personal record is 97-6.

The school mark in the 100 may be unachievable for Roberts, whose best time is 13.0 seconds. Chelsea Berry clocked 12.1 for school and league records in 2006.

Roberts admits she’s an over-thinker, and the more she worries about her athletic performances, the more she is adversely affected.

“The race or the game becomes mental to me, and that is what usually hurts me in the end,” Roberts said. “But with the 100 you just run as fast as you can and there’s nothing to think about. I like that.”

Roberts said she prefers to eat immediately before a track meet, a habit her teammates can’t understand.

“I’m the only one eating, and everyone’s like, ‘How are you eating right now?’” Roberts said. “But I feel like the food turns into immediate energy for me, and if I don’t eat I’ll be weak.”

She shields herself from the sun and pours water over her head to stay cool during meets.

“Anytime there’s a really hot track meet, I’m the only person who doesn’t want the sun on me,” Roberts said. “So I’m the only person walking around with an umbrella, and I dunk my head under water because I feel like the heat takes the energy away from me.”

Roberts, who plans to major in physical therapy at college, said her most meaningful accomplishment isn’t a top time or distance. Instead she especially enjoys teaching the modified athletes and having them respond well to her instruction.

More than school records and top finishes, Roberts wants to achieve personal bests this season. She wasn’t impressed with her results last year.

“It would be really nice to have some improvement,” Roberts said. “I’ve been working really hard, and I really want to see the effort turned into actual progress.”

Here’s a look at all the Frontier League teams:

GIRLS

Outlook: Defending champion South Jefferson is the clear favorite in the “A” Division but will be challenged for the overall title by Lowville and Beaver River. The Spartans should again benefit from strong performances from three-time state competitor Skylar Pastor in the sprints and high jump. The team returns three other girls who were undefeated in dual meet competition last year in their specialty events: Ellie Brooks (800), Leah Denny (triple jump) and Delaney Ward (pole vault). Jackie Miller, who competed at the state cross country meet last fall, will lead South Jefferson in the distance races, along with Amanda Lloyd. Besides Ellory Roberts in the sprints and throws, Lowville will rely on Serena Vargulick in the triple jump, sprints and hurdles and Alexis Bach in the 200, 400 and long jump. Beaver River will be led by Malori Mattimore (pentathlon) and Courtney Cardinal (throws). Indian River lost 15 girls to graduation from last year’s team and will receive strength from Emma Bonk in the 400 hurdles. South Lewis will rely on Sierra Corbett (800) and Christina Platt (pole vault).

“A” DIVISION

Carthage Comets

Coach: Jim Goodenbery (7th year).

2013 record: 3-5.

Roster: Kassi Augustine (Sr.), Julie Jansen (Sr.), Stephanie Wadsworth (Sr.), Emily Busch (Jr.), Megan Bush (Jr.), Kalsey Goldthrite (Jr.), Leisel Gunderson (Jr.), Taylor Hodge (Jr.), Stephanie House (Jr.), Emily Koster (Jr.), Marra Leitch (Jr.), Paige Lusk (Jr.), Yoseiby Mejia (Jr.), Morgan Miller (Jr.), Kieari P-Martin (Jr.), Allie Rios (Jr.), Kelly Scott (Jr.), Courtney Smith (Jr.), Kalie Strife (Jr.), Abigail Tanner (Jr.), Tyesia Walker (Jr.), Angeles Bernal (So.), Morgan Bernat (So.), Zaria Colbert (So.), Kellie Ferris (So.), Shelby Gill (So.), Kendra Grim (So.), Elisha Havard (So.), Sam Henry (So.), Alexis Jones (So.), Aadirayana Joseph (So.), Jaden Kaiser (So.), Paige Kaune (So.), Destiny Luckey (So.), Caitlin Stepanek (So.), Jordan Winn (So.), Catherine Bracy (Fr.), Kendra Lawton (Fr.), Martina Leake (Fr.), Breajee McMillian (Fr.), Kierra Richardson (Fr.).

Athletes to watch: Kassandra Augustine (distance), Julie Jansen (mid-distance) and Stephanie Wadsworth (throws).

Indian River Warriors

Coach: Jody Foland (5th year).

2013 record: 5-3.

Roster: Marisa Brock (Sr.), Makenna Honeywell (Sr.), Biancca Mendez (Sr.), Ayshia Moses (Sr.), Nancy Rubio (Sr.), Kaylee Stewart (Sr.), Ashley Valencia (Sr.), Jessica Varin (Sr.), Yanilis Arroyo-Cruz (Jr.), Kareyann Balsamo (Jr.), Emma Bonk (Jr.), Lexie Braswell (Jr.), Natasha Clare (Jr.), Kortni Derouin (Jr.), Hazel Elias-Diaz (Jr.), Hailey Heyrman (Jr.), Meghan Kuba (Jr.), Kristina Lovrien (Jr.), Shannon Taylor (Jr.), Lydia Torres (Jr.), Doreen Adjei (So.), Josephine Compeau (So.), Chasity Crumpton (So.), Joana Eggleston (So.), Aizalyn Garcia (So.), Kaycie Hinds (So.), Makayla Jones (So.), Destiny Nhong (So.), Cassie Phillips (So.), Tiara Polite (So.), Hillary Santana (So.), Kayla Barbarito (Fr.), Jachia Christian (Fr.), Zydhell Kaye Dalhog (Fr.), Tyler Heflin (Fr.), Kiana LaVancha (Fr.), Hailey Mandakunis (Fr.), Miranda Marshall (Fr.), Ki’ara Oliver (Fr.), Samantha Pereira (Fr.), Kayla Side (Fr.), Abigail Smith (Fr.), Aubrey Taylor (Fr.).

Athletes to watch: Emma Bonk (400 hurdles), Lydia Torres (sprints).

South Jefferson Spartans

Coach: Julie Storms (20th year).

2013 record: 8-0.

Roster: Olivia Barker (Sr.), Eleanor Brooks (Sr.), Leah Denny (Sr.), Amy Johnson (Sr.), Jackie Miller (Sr.), Lydia Babcock (Jr.), Taylor Cousins (Jr.), Casey Hughes (Jr.), Amanda Lloyd (Jr.), Halei Loya (Jr.), Skylar Pastor (Jr.), Kylie Snow (Jr.), Hannah Sutton (Jr.), Angelee (Binghong) Chen (So.), Shelby Collins (So.), Libby Conners (So.), Rachel Fish (So.), Aubrey Harrington (So.), Kendall Miller (So.), Nanke Murra (So.), Dakota Ortiz (So.), Hannah Roberts (So.), Kelsey Tibbles (So.), Delaney Ward (So.), Tessa Winkler (So.), Meredith Zembiec (So.), Hannah Bassett (Fr.), Kealy DeForest (Fr.), Rachel Fair (Fr.), Donelle Falco (Fr.), Taylor Hamilton (Fr.), Breana Johnson (Fr.), Alexis Roberts (Fr.), Jessica Sievers (Fr.), Shaunte Gregoire (7th).

Athletes to watch: Skylar Pastor (400, high jump, sprints), Jackie Miller (distance), Ellie Brooks (800), Leah Denny (triple jump, sprints), Delaney Ward (pole vault), Tessa Winkler (hurdles, sprints), Olivia Barker (400 hurdles), Amanda Lloyd (steeplechase).

Watertown Cyclones

Coach: Robin Boomhower (8th year).

2013 record: 0-8.

Roster: Kayla Blair (Sr.), Kaylee Cook (Sr.), Bethany Eassa (Sr.), Ye-Rin Kang (Sr.), Lilia Mamikonyan (Sr.), Hope Bryant (Jr.), Alexcis Dufresne (Jr.), Shantia Isiah (Jr.), Sennelly Montalvo (Jr.), Desiree Paul (Jr.), Stacia Wallace (Jr.), Destiny Byrd (So.), Janie Campbell (So.), Lydia Fillhart (So.), Jada Goodman (So.), Tylisha Gourdline (So.), Bronslava Komar (So.), Olivia Reff (So.), Tiffany Stoughtenger (So.), Ariel Tyler (So.), Lettie Collier (Fr.), Janiesia Crockett (Fr.), Makenna Evans (Fr.), Laurie Franklin (Fr.), Hannah Lapinski (Fr.), Hannah Leopard-Davis (Fr.), Julie Majo (Fr.), Madison McCowan (Fr.), Kyra Philbrick (Fr.), Marley Powell (Fr.), Kyosha Randall (Fr.), Jasmine West (Fr.).

Lyme: Kimmy Collins (Sr.), Erica Gardner (Sr.), Anna Quencer (So.).

“B” DIVISION

Beaver River Beavers

Coach: Alex Barrett (5th year).

2013 record: 4-4.

Roster: Courtney Cardinal (Sr.), Malori Mattimore (Sr.), Nola Pominville (Sr.), Bella Rollin (Sr.), Anna Bush (Jr.), Andrea Hall (Jr.), Emily Johnson (Jr.), Rachael Steiner (Jr.), Sarah Steiner (Jr.), Ciera VerSchneider (Jr.), Yajahira Zuniga (Jr.), Kaytlyn Kloss (So.), Riley Nortz (So.), Victoria Rollin (So.), Kayla Zehr (So.), Raegan Becker (Fr.), Vanessa Forney (Fr.), Brooke Steiner (Fr.), Sierra Kempney (8th), Emily Lighthall (8th), Sierra Neddo (8th), McKayla Roggie (8th), Taylor Moore (7th), Shawna Rice (7th).

Athletes to watch: Malori Mattimore (pentathlon), Courtney Cardinal (throws).

Lowville Red Raiders

Coach: Marjorie Rush (5th year).

2013 record: 7-1.

Roster: Ellexis Cecconi (Sr.), Erin Fayle (Sr.), Valerie Gonzalez (Sr.), Mikayla Lehman (Sr.), Ellory Roberts (Sr.), Emma St. Croix (Sr.), Marlana Turck (Sr.), Kayleigh Willis (Sr.), Devon Wolf (Sr.), Megan Denise (Jr.), Emily Finn (Jr.), Elizabeth Kelly (Jr.), Laura Platz (Jr.), Kelsey Sammon (Jr.), Rebekah Townsend (Jr.), Paige Tuttle (Jr.), Serena Vargulick (Jr.), Chelsea Cole (So.), Moira Fayle (So.), Hannah Gebo (So.), Isabelle Hanno (So.), Chelsea Kain (So.), Madison Smith (So.), Nakaylah Souva (So.), Alexis Bach (Fr.), Jessica Bassett (Fr.), Selena Beller (Fr.), Valerie Miller (Fr.).

Athletes to watch: Ellory Roberts (shot put, sprints, hurdles), Serena Vargulick (triple jump, sprints, hurdles), Alexis Bach (200, 400, long jump), Devon Wolf (high jump), Erin Fayle (800), Valerie Gonzalez (sprints), Mikayla Lehman (sprints), Kayleigh Willis (distance), Marlana Turck (distance), Emma St. Croix (distance), Ellexis Cecconi (400).

Sandy Creek Comets

Coach: John Cheney (2nd year).

2013 record: 1-7.

Roster: Makayla Elliott (Sr.), Richelle Ranieri (Sr.), Kerrie Ridgeway (Sr.), Freya Sergis (Sr.), Alyssa Snyder (Sr.), Katie Austin (Jr.), Olivia Bauer (Jr.), Marissa LaCelle (Jr.), Liberty Yalch (Jr.), Madeline Yousey (Jr.), Emily Cheney (So.), Rosie Morgan (So.), Skylynn Salzman (So.), Alyssa Fiegl (Fr.).

Athlete to watch: Makayla Elliott (sprints).

South Lewis Falcons

Coach: Cindy Young (23rd year).

2013 record: 6-2.

Roster: Gabby Domagala (Sr.), Ali Swiernik (Sr.), Gaelyn Bronson (Jr.), Alexis Olmstead (Jr.), Natika Walters (Jr.), Morgan Austin (So.), Sierra Corbett (So.), Kiana Cummings (So.), Jenna Dailey (So.), Ashley Hastwell (So.), Lindsey Hastwell (So.), Christina Platt (So.), Mckayla West (So.), Ashley York (So.), Jessica Aden (Fr.), Morgan Burd (Fr.), Kayla Cavanaugh (Fr.), Jordan Lehman (Fr.), Mikala McMinn (Fr.), Michaela Swiernik (Fr.), Emily Walters (Fr.), Reegan Domagala (8th).

Athletes to watch: Christina Platt (pole vault), Sierra Corbett (800).

BOYS

Outlook: Three-time defending champion Indian River is the clear favorite to capture the league title again this season despite losing nine to graduation from last year’s undefeated team. The Warriors should gain top performances from Felix Garcia in the 400 hurdles and Ben Godin in the 800. Shelton Williams will score points in the high jump, while Jakese Crockett excels in the triple jump. Indian River will also rely on Austin Millisor (1,600, 800) and Tyler Wright (discus). South Jefferson graduated 14 seniors from last year’s 5-2 squad. The Spartans will be led by Don Cean and Matt Fee in the middle distance races and Alex Rogers in the throws. Addison Roberts will chip in with points in the sprints. Beaver River will receive strength from Alize Jarrett in the 400. Carthage will rely on Nick Anderson (distance), and Watertown will be led by Matthew Olney, the defending champion in the high jump.

“A” DIVISION

Carthage Comets

Coach: Bryan Zevotek (11th year).

2013 record: 6-1.

Roster: Damien Allison, DeShaun Anderson, Nick Anderson, Isaac Arroyo, Brock Avise, Chase Beirman, Dakota Bellotte, Gage Calhoun, Nick Clary, Nick Connor, Denzel Dixon, Brenden Endrina, Markus Fleming, Adrian Gonzalez, Queston Grannis, Rodrick Groce, Jesse Hall, Dante Harris, Malik Little, Brandon McCreery, Hunter Myer, Kahlil Payne, Garrett Posey, Khalid Robinson, Trey Shupp, Tyren Shupp, Nate Sullivan, Antonio Williams, Eric Wills.

Athletes to watch: Nick Anderson (distance), Denzel Dixon and Garrett Posey.

Indian River Warriors

Coach: Duane Dusharm (10th year).

2013 record: 7-0.

Roster: Colin Brunet (Sr.), Tim Clyde (Sr.), Jakese Crockett (Sr.), Eric Crow (Sr.), Shane Davis (Sr.), Tanner Edwards (Sr.), Felix Garcia (Sr.), Ben Godin (Sr.), Deondre Greer (Sr.), Carlos Gutierrez (Sr.), Erik Patrick (Sr.), Shelton Williams (Sr.), Jason Cooper (Jr.), Elijah Franklin (Jr.), Matthew Hendrick (Jr.), Trevor McDonald (Jr.), Carlos Patterson (Jr.), Tyler Sloley (Jr.), Zach Stone (Jr.), Tyler Wright (Jr.), Kenneth Adames (So.), Rico Allen (So.), Miguel Figueroa (So.), Allen Garcia (So.), Oscar Griffith (So.), Yson Hogan (So.), Aiden Kearns (So.), Austin Millisor (So.), Elvis Nunez (So.), Dustin Sharritt (So.), Tyler Godin (Fr.), Patrick Leonard (Fr.), Xavier Singh (Fr.), Dominik Sullivan (Fr.), Oscar Vasquez (Fr.).

Athletes to watch: Felix Garcia (400 hurdles), Ben Godin (800), Shelton Williams (high jump, 800), Jakese Crockett (triple jump), Austin Millisor (1,600, 800), Tyler Wright (discus).

South Jefferson Spartans

Coach: John Arcaro (24th year, 95-61).

2013 record: 5-2.

Roster: Don Cean (Sr.), Matt Fee (Sr.), Chris King (Sr.), Alex Rogers (Sr.), Jared Tibbles (Sr.), Michael Weston (Sr.), Joel Banazek (Jr.), Billy Berry (Jr.), Michael Carter (Jr.), Morgan Deleel (Jr.), Alex Fee (Jr.), Luke Gaede (Jr.), Andrew Gosselin (Jr.), Paul Mai (Jr.), Liam Mallon (Jr.), Addison Roberts (Jr.), Matt Seymour (Jr.), Casey Smith (Jr.), Garrett Strough (Jr.), Tristan Tyo (Jr.), Zach Zeltman (Jr.), Nikita Bedore (So.), Dan Cramer (So.), Jan Luca Eder (So.), Devin Ferguson (So.), Gage Gordan (So.), Jacob Hawkins (So.), Kyle Jefford (So.), Nathan Tyler (So.), Bailey Williams (Fr.).

Athletes to watch: Don Cean (400, 800, 1,600), Matt Fee (400, 800, 1,600), Alex Rogers (shot put, discus), Addison Roberts (sprints).

Watertown Cyclones

Coach: Paul Gaede (4th year).

2013 record: 2-5.

Roster: Jacob Calendar (Sr.), Eric Coe (Sr.), Marcus Johnson (Sr.), Hyon Kang (Sr.), Matthew Olney (Sr.), Joshua Valdez (Sr.), Tyler Vancamp (Sr.), Brian Lake (Jr.), Jonathan Lugo Ramirez (Jr.), Jacob Roux (Jr.), Will Thompson (Jr.), Richard Ward (Jr.), Ryan Cadwell (So.), Jaylaen Crocket (So.), De’shawn Fey (So.), Dallas Galloway (So.), Kam Jones (So.), Cody Mundsask (So.), Ramon Olsen (So.), Daysean Williams (So.).

Athletes to watch: Matthew Olney (jumps), Eric Coe (sprints, throws).

“B” DIVISION

Beaver River Beavers

Coach: Doug Hoch (4th year).

2013 record: 4-3.

Roster: Cordel Brouty (Sr.), Jared Fullin (Sr.), Alize Jarrett (Sr.), Will Shambo (Sr.), Cole Worden (Sr.), Jake Yousey (Sr.), Travis Edwards (Jr.), Hunter Glenn (Jr.), Jose Interiano (Jr.), Riley Joslin (Jr.), Jake Kennedy (Jr.), Kennan Lee (Jr.), Andrew Purcell (Jr.), Seth Shaw (So.), Ryan Davis (Fr.), Connor Demo (Fr.), Noah Zehr (Fr.), Eric Campeau (8th).

Athletes to watch: Alize Jarrett (400), Jake Yousey (400), Cordel Brouty (long jump, triple jump, 400).

Sandy Creek Comets

Coach: Jeff Klopotowski (7th year).

2013 record: 0-7.

Roster: Steven Cooper (Sr.), Brandon Delano (Sr.), Matthew Ennist (Sr.), Victor Halverson (Sr.), Corey Reff (Sr.), Mirzo Sanginov (Sr.), John Dana (Jr.), Isaac Eisch (So.), Calvin Kampff (So.), Chase Pappa (Fr.), Seth Lurcock (8th).

South Lewis Falcons

Coach: Jack Bernard (17th year).

2013 record: 3-4.

Roster: Sam Benzing (Sr.), Derrick Hill (Sr.), Dominic Sabatini (Sr.), Ryan Teal (Sr.), Connor Weiss (Jr.), Justin Wheeler (Jr.), Patrick Davidson (So.), Grant Domagala (So.), Brandon Griffin (So.), Cody Hoffert (So.), Drew Makuch (So.), Thomas Randall (So.), Dillon Smith (So.), Kyle Smithling (So.), Dylan Durgan (Fr.), Dylan McDougall (Fr.), Dylan Spann (Fr.), Tyler Spann (Fr.).

Athletes to watch: Sam Benzing, Derrick Hill and Dominic Sabatini (pole vault), Dylan Durgan (distance).

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