Local athletes compete for state championships

Alex Beaudoin scored a pair of wins for Saranac Lake at the Section VII indoor track and field meet.

Alex Beaudoin scored a pair of wins for Saranac Lake at the Section VII indoor track and field meet. Photo by Nancy Frasier.

— State championships were competed for over the weekend in several sports, including skiing, boys swimming, gymnastics, indoor track and field and bowling.

Skiing Saranac Lake’s Macy Fischer and Sheila Decker finished second and third in the girls slalom event. Fischer also finished eighth in the giant slalom Sean Madden finished 10th in the boys slalom. In cross country, the team of Evan Klein, Mike Tuthill and Evan Greenberg finished 11th in the boys relay, while Nick Stosiek, Curtis Rissonberg and Carl Shultz finished 14th. Schultz was the top individual finisher in 25th. For the girls, the team of Elena Beideck, Caroline Dodd and Camy Lieb finished 12th in the relay, while Beideck finished 17th overall.

Swimming The Section VII contingent at the NYSPHSAA boys swimming championships were unable to make it to the finals rounds, with the 200 medley relay team of Austin Spooner, Mike Torner, Nathan Emery and Robbie Hartman (PHS) finishing with a time of 1:53.05; Hank McCormick (AVCS) earning a time of 2:02.1 in the 200 free and a time of 1:10.34 in the 100 backstroke; Dan McGovern (Beekmantown) recording a time of 2:08.10 in the 200 medley and 56.17 in the 100 fly; Matt Evans (PHS) completing the 50 free in a time of 22.51 seconds and the 100 free in a time of 50.96; Ben Ford (AVCS) competing in the 500 free with a time of 5:09.80 and a time of 58.73 in the 100 back; The PHS team of Nick Prenoveau, Torner, Evans and Nate Leopard finishing in 1:35.09 in the 200 free relay; and Hornets Leopard, Josh Labounty, Spencer Hall and Evans swimming the 400 free relay in a time of 3:37.91.

Gymnastics Alyssa Leonard of Beekmantown was 24th in the all-around competition at the NYSPHSAA gymnastic championships, while Dalen Keswick of Plattsburgh High finished in 28th and Lydia Grickoski of Beekmantown finished in 32nd. In individual events, Keswick took a tie for ninth place in the vault and tied for 19th in the floor exercise, while Leonard was 34th in the uneven bars and 20th on the balance beam.

Indoor track and field Dan Lennon of Peru was unable to capture his second state title in as many season, finishing second in the 3,200 meter race at the NYSPHSAA indoor track and field championships. Lennon was less than three seconds behind the winner, Kris Moran of North Babylon. Jay Hebert of Ti finished fourth in the 55-meter high hurdles, while Jake Spear of Saranac made it to the finals in the long jump, finishing eighth.


The Beekmantown girls bowling team finished in eighth place at the NYSPHSAA bowling championships, while the boys team finished ninth.

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