Klossner, Zurek advance to states

Tupper Lake is sending two freshman to the New York state track and field championships Friday and Saturday at Cicero-North Syracuse High School.

Katie Zurek will compete in the shot put and discus while Tess Klossner will be running in the 400-meter dash. They qualified after winning events for Division II at the Section X sectional championships in Malone Thursday and Friday.

Klossner took second place overall and first in Division II on Friday in the 400 with a time of 1:01.63. Malone’s Rebekkah Bond took first in the race with a time of 59.38.

Klossner also took third in the triple jump with a leap of 31-01.75.

Katie Zurek took first place in the discus on Thursday with a throw of 100 feet, then topped the field again Friday in the shot put with a throw of 33-06.25. Samantha Heer of Potsdam took second with a throw of 30-11.75.

This will be the second straight year the freshman is headed to the championships for discus but first for shotput.

Katie Zurek’s older sister senior Lizzie Zurek also had a strong day at the sectional championships. She’s not going to the state meet but she broke Tupper Lake’s pentathlon record of 1,836 points with a score of 2,130 in five events over two days.

On Thursday, she took second in the shot put with a throw of 25-3, second in the high jump with a jump of 4-5 and second in the 100 hurdles with a time of 18.77.

On Friday, Lizzie Zurek took third in the long jump with a 13-8.75 and third in the 800 with a time of 2:42.08.

Another Tupper Lake competitor to have a strong finish was Casey O’Connor, who finished fifth in the shot put with a toss of 28-04.75.

The Tupper Lake girls finished fifth overall in the meet as a team with a score of 47. Canton was first with 201 points, Malone was second with 117 points, Norwood was third with 52 and Potsdam was fourth with 47. Malone is a Division I school, the others are Division II.

The boys meet was won by Malone with 131 points. Norwood came in second with 111, Gouverneur was third in 106.5 and Tupper Lake finished ninth with one.