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Engaging time and distance

Tri-Valley’s Shatik Smith races up the floor in the Bears’ epic comeback 61-51 quarterfinal win over Chester.
Photo by Richard A. Ross

By Richard Ross
March 6, 2013

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Time waits for no one as it hurtles by.

A week ago this column was anticipating the looming Section IX basketball tournament and the state indoor track meet. Both are now history. Time figured strongly in both sports, albeit in different ways.

In the 3200 run by Eldred senior Alex Campanella at the state meet, the stalwart Yellow Jacket, the reigning Section IX champion in the event, finished sixth in New York State with a lifetime best of 9:25.60. Campanella, who is bound for DePaul University in the fall, finished behind five runners from larger schools, all of whom will be classified as Division I contenders this spring (600 students or more in grades 9-11). Indoor track has no such size demarcations. Campanella will vie only against Division II adversaries (schools with fewer than 600 students grades 9-11) when the state meet takes place at Middletown High School on June 7. Distance also figures in when it comes to track, not just in races but in events in which athletes, throw or jump. Linear measures are used in long jump, triple jump and shot put, while measures of height define the high jump and pole vault.

Sullivan West junior Mitch Paciga posted a high jump mark of 6-2 to take 11th. The winning jump was 6-10. Tri-Valley’s Aric Boyes and Mareena DiMilia vied in the shot put. Boyes, who is the Section IX champion in the event, took 10th with a mark of 48-10.75. The winning throw was 60-1; DiMilia threw 34-3.5 for 23rd place. The top girls’ throw was 44-0.25.

In girls basketball, the number-two seeded Livingston Manor Lady Wildcats (6-10) brought off a timely title victory over number-one seeded Eldred in the Section IX Class D finals as they held on to win 26-19. Manor, the defending Section IX champion, advances to the state Final Four for the second consecutive year, this time for a semifinal clash with the winner of the quarterfinal between Sections III and IV. Last year, Manor beat Roscoe, then vanquished Shelter Island 56-19 before losing to Argyle 53-26. The Lady Wildcats had their day in the sun with a state softball title in the spring, as did the baseball team in the high-water mark of Manor sports history. Eldred (6-10) was paced by Jessica Schips, who had nine points. Manor’s Imani Miranda led her team with eight.