Six Dryden High School student-athletes are heading to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Championships at the Ocean Breeze Track and Field Athletic Complex in Staten Island Saturday.
Purple Lion junior Teghan Garris is the only girl in competition. Garris will compete in the shot put at 1:15 p.m. She is seeded 22nd out of 31 competitors with a throw of 36 feet-5.5 inches.
“We knew Teghan had an outside chance of making it to States and she pulled it off at the qualifier,” Dryden coach Lee Stuttle said. “She is really excited and concentrating hard on her technique and being faster in the circle. Teghan is hoping to throw over 36 feet again as this would be the second meet that she would have accomplished this feat.”
Dryden senior Jakob Greenwood will compete in the boys’ 600-meter run. Greenwood also qualified in the 300m dash, but the two events were back-to-back with the 300 being the first event. He opted to just compete individually in the 600 which gets underway at 1:50 p.m. Greenwood is seeded 12th out of 33 runners with a seed time of 1:23.34. This is a timed final with six heats and the posted times will determine the finishing order.
Greenwood has been selected as the Section 4 Sportsmanship representative at the State Meet. He will be recognized at the meet with all of the other Section sportsmanship winners with an introduction at the beginning of the meet.
“First of all, what a season Jakob has had so far,” Stuttlesaid. “Breaking two school records (300m, 600m), winning his three events at the qualifier and earning his way to States. He is hoping Saturday to break his own school record in the 600m and hopefully a top eight finish to be a place winner.
Greenwood will be in action earlier in the meet as a member of the boys’ 800m relay team. There will be four time trials heats at 12:10 P.M. with the fastest times advancing to the finals at 5:05 p.m.
Purple Lion sophomore Aidan Kalousdian, Greenwood, junior Steven Morrow and senior Braedon Libbey are the 17th seed out of 25 teams competing after their seed time of 1:33.50. Senior George Murphy-Wilkins is the alternate if one of the four are unable to compete.
“The boys are extremely excited to make it into the State Meet,” Stuttle said. “Running a 3-second personal best at the qualifier helped. They were determined to beat top seed Horseheads at the qualifier and the two other schools seeded ahead of them. Improving by three seconds is a testament to their desire to compete at a high level and really going after the victory. Saturday the guys will be looking to another personal best and hopefully set a school record which stands at 1:32.24.”