Red Storm tracksters sweep Blue Bombers

LAKE PLACID – Saranac Lake’s boys and girls earned a sweep on the road Thursday with victories over Lake Placid in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference track and field action.

In two contests that were decided by similar scores, Saranac Lake’s boys topped the Blue Bombers 74-54 while the Red Storm girls triumphed 73-59.

The outcome of the boys meet came down to the field events where the Red Storm claimed all of the four points that were up for grabs. And for the most part, first-year members of the team got the job done. Saranac Lake won all five events and Jason Stack led the way with wins in both the triple and long jumps. The junior took the top spot in the triple jump with a leap of 35 feet, 8 inches and took first in the long jump with a 17-5 leap.

Competing in his first track meet, Andre Kolodoev won the high jump clearing the bar at 5-2.

Four athletes turned in strong efforts as the Red Storm swept the top two spots in the shot put and discus. Juniors topped the field in the shot, with Dylan Kilner taking the win with a 38-2 1/2 toss and Hunter Moon finishing runner up with a throw of 37-6.

Joe Atkinson, a senior who joined the Red Storm this spring, won the discus with a throw of 107-9, and freshman David Sullivan followed in second with a 104-10 effort.

“We had a great showing in the field events. That’s where we cleaned up,” Saranac Lake boys head coach Cy Ellsworth said. “We were trailing 50-37 after the 4×400, and then we starting taking over in the field. That’s where the meet was decided.”

With one of the fastest sprinters in the CVAC in Nzoni Thompson, and a strong group of mid- to long-distance runners, Lake Placid won all but four of the competitions held on the track.

Saranac Lake’s wins on the track came in the two hurdles events, the 100 and the 400 relay. Gian Fontana swept the hurdles, winning the 110 in 19.7 seconds and the 400 in 1:12.2. Stack won the 100 in 12.4 to give him three victories on the day, and Kilner, Moon, Ty Marmion and Dondi Duffy took the rely win for the Red Storm by posting a 52.9 in the 400 relay. That event was expected to be close but Lake Placid’s runners botched the first handoff and were disqualified.

Thompson and and Stuart Baird won two races each to pace Lake Placid on the track. Thompson, a junior, won the 200 in 22.6 and the 400 in 55.0. Baird, a freshman, won the 800 in 2:23 and the 1,600 in 5:13. Freshman Forest Ledger claimed a win for the Blue Bombers in the 3,200 with a time of 11:43.

Thompson also ran on Lake Placid’s winning 1,600 relay team, which posted a time of 4:04. He was joined by Curtis Rissberger, Henry McGrew and Andrew Meister in the event. Rissberger, McGrew, Ledger and Birk Albert teamed up to win the 4×800 relay for the Blue Bombers. They finished in 10:05.

After falling in their first meet of the season, Saranac Lake’s boys have now won three straight and have a 3-1 record.

“We’re on a little roll right now,” Ellsworth said.

In the girls meet, Saranac Lake had a strong showing in the sprints and throwing events to top Lake Placid. Selena Baillargeon posted two individual wins and a relay victory for the Red Storm. The junior took the 100 in 13.6, won the shot put with a 26-4 throw, and ran the anchor leg in the Red Storm’s victorious 400 relay. She was joined in the event by Britany Shumway, Jada Meadows and Nickole Andronica, with the quartet posting a winning time of 56.0.

Also for Saranac Lake, Sam Martin won the 400 in 1:04.9; Jaclyn Latourelle won the 100 hurdles in 19.2; Meadows claimed the 200 in 28.8; Johanna Mohrs was first in 3,000 in 11:34; Justina Hewitt took the long jump with a 13-2 lead, and Alycia Woodruff won the discus with a throw of 75-2.

Lake Placid’s girls claimed five victories on the track and also won twice in the field.

Esther Munoz placed first in the triple jump with a 28-10 effort, and Blue Bombers teammate Gabby Armstrong won the high jump with a leap of 4-8.

Nina Armstrong won two individual events on the track, taking first in the 800 in 2:35 and winning the 1,500 in 5:24. Lissy Ashley picked up and individual win for Lake Placid, taking the 400 hurdles in 1:20.1. She also joined Nina Armstrong, Sage Miller and Taylor Barney as the Blue Bombers won the 3,200 relay in 11:11. Sisters Nina and Gabby Armstrong, Grace McGrew and Hannah Kaltenbach combined to win the 4×400 in 4:30.

Saranac Lake’s boys and girls next compete on Tuesday at home against Peru. Lake Placid’s track teams will be in action again on Monday, traveling to Plattsburgh in a meet with Seton Catholic and AuSable Valley.