Cazenovia Student-Athletes Prepare for New York State Championship Meet

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Congratulations to Cazenovia High School student-athletes, Clara Rowles, Walker Nichols, Tom McNerney, Alex Devine, Alec Boone and (team alternates) Ryan O’Herien & Dan McKillop, for making it to the NYSPHSAA Track & Field Championship Meet.  The meet will be held this Friday and Saturday, June 12 and 13 at SUNY Albany Stadium Track. Nichols, McNerney, Devine, and Boone qualified for the state meet in the 4×100 relay with a school record time of 44.72.  In the final leg of the race, Alec Boone narrowly edged out Mexico’s Kyle Felton to give Cazenovia’s squad 1st by only 3 – 1/100’s of a second (44.72 compared to 44.75).  Boone, who was running as alternate in place of senior, Ryan O’Herien, is the only underclassmen on the relay.  Walker Nichols, Alex Devine, and Tom McNerney are all seniors. Dan McKillop, who is the other relay alternate, is a junior.  The 4×100 relay team’s qualification for the state meet is the program’s first state participant in over 17 seasons.  The last participant being Elliot Ivey, CCS Class of 1998.  Ivey went on to play Division I Football for Wake Forest. Clara Rowles (8th grade) earned her way to the state meet in the 1500m.  Clara Rowles finished third overall in the 1500 run in a time of 4:58.98, but advanced to the state title meet along with winner Sage Hurta of Hamilton by virtue of her exceptional time of 4:46.31 in the event at the sectional championship.  State rules allow a second competitor to advance if they have met an elite standard to ensure the most competitive state meet possible.  Only an 8th grader, this will be Rowles’ second trip to States this year, having finished 4th in New York at the Cross Country Championship last fall. Clara Rowles joins Paige Biviano (Class of 2012) and Heather Stec (Class of 2004) as Cazenovia Lady Lakers making it to the state championship track meet. Paige Biviano competed in the Pentathlon in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, culminating in State title in 2012; Heather Stec competed in Pentathlon in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, culminating in a state title in 2004. Event Times: 4×100 relay division 2: 4:20 p.m. Friday, June 12, 2015 at SUNY Albany, Albany, NY 1500m run finals: 11:25 a.m. Saturday, June 13, 2015 at SUNY Albany, Albany, NY DIRECTIONS LINK TO UALBANY: http://www.ualbanysports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?&ATCLID=1411332&DB_OEM_ID=15800 NYSPHSAA TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS INFORMATION Admission: $8.00 / person each day
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Left to Right: Mckillop, O’Herien, Devine, Nichols, McNerney, Boone

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