Track and field: This past week marked the opening salvo of the championship cavalcade. Beginning with Sullivan West’s Donna Deppa Meet of Champions of May 15 and on to the OCIAA League Championship meet on May 18-19, local runners, jumper and throwers marshaled their best in preparation for the Section 9 championships on May 23 for classes B and C, which includes Liberty, Tri-Valley and Sullivan West, and on May 24 for class A Monticello and Class D Eldred and Livingston Manor. The Donna Deppa Meet of Champions is scored individually. For results from that meet, visit www.sportsinsightny.com to read the story entitled “In Loving Memory,” which begins with a tribute to the late Donna Deppa, who devoted herself unselfishly to the Sullivan West track endeavors while supporting her daughters Rebecca and Rachel.
The OCIAA league meet features schools large and small and the talent pool on hand is greater than local kids will see with the exception of those who make it to states. Here are some highlights: Monticello’s Tino Taylor broke the record for the 400 with a time of 50.62.The prior record had been on the books for over 20 years. Liberty’s Peter Koval shattered the school javelin record with a heave of 153-11. Liberty’s Rebeccah Harman and Sullivan West’s Amanda Rosenberger were named as Sportsmanship Award winners at the meet. Eldred’s Hunter Proscia set new high water marks with his fourth-place finish in the 3000 steeplechase (10:06.90) and in the 3200 (9:33.55), in which he placed third. Tri-Valley’s Jimmy Bernstein marshaled a lifetime best in the 800 with a time of 1:59. Tri-Valley’s Mareena DiMilia finished second in the outdoor pentathlon with 2,414 points. Liberty’s Kane Sauchuk took fourth in the 110 hurdles (15.7) and the 400 intermediate hurdles (55.88). Teammate Kenny Jaycox was fourth in the long jump (21-087.25). Fallsburg’s Candhace Forrest was fourth in the 100 (13.0). Read “League Lore 2012” on sportsinsightsny.com for more on the meet.