January 21, 2022

Section 4 track: Yatsko, Harden both victorious

VESTAL — Abbey Yatsko set a new school record in the 400-meter hurdles to lead a group of six Dryden High athletes advancing to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Division II Track and Field Championships.

Yatsko ran a record winning time of 1:03.90 in the event during the Section 4 State Qualifier meet hosted by Vestal High School Thursday.

Also having a huge day was Marathon’s Daniel Harden, as the senior is headed back to the state meet after winning the 400-meter run, the long jump and triple jump.

While Yatsko is the only Purple Lion girl to move to the state meet June 10-11 at Cicero-North Syracuse High School, she will be joined by five members of the boys’ team. They were each the top Division II finisher or hit a state qualifying time in their events.

Sprinter Liam Joyce finished second overall in the 100m and 200m dashes to advance in both events. Tor Wildenstein was second overall in the 400m dash and long jump, advancing in the 400. Ali Abel-Ferreti improved his distance in the shot put by five feet to place second overall and advanced. The 1,600m relay team of Kris Kelchner, Eric Varvayanis, Joyce and Wildenstein placed second overall and will head to the state meet.

Nick Muldoon posted a solid second place overall in the 110m hurdles, but did not move on to the state meet.

“It was a great evening for us,” Dryden High track coach Lee Stuttle said. “Eight place winners, a school record for Abbey and Ali giving us a huge surprise with a personal best in shot to make it to states.”

These six Dryden athletes are not the only locals going to C-NS next week.

MARATHON’S HARDEN pulled off his triple by showing the way in the 400m run in 49.79 seconds, long jumping 21 feet-3 inches and coming up with a 44 feet-5.75 inch winning effort in the triple jump.

Kimberly White of Marathon placed third in the overall in the 400m hurdles, but is not moving on to states. Neither is Groton’s Mike Perkins who placed fourth overall in the high jump.

One other note saw a new state record set in the girls’ shot put. Alexis Daniels from Binghamton unleashed the record throw of 50-7.5 — 13 feet farther than her closest competitor. The previous state record was 49-9.5 set in 2010 by Melissa Kurzdorfer from Lancaster in Section 6.