SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY—If you’re patient on a clear night you might just see a shooting star up in the heavens. But in the universe of local high school athletics, stars aplenty can be seen in broad daylight this time of year. This past week at the Donna Deppa Meet of Champions, it was the Sullivan County galaxy on display. Sullivan County Meet of Champions was renamed for the late Donna Deppa, a Sullivan West parent extraordinaire who exemplified unflagging support for her children and the teams they competed for. Deppa passed away in 2011, but her love for kids in motion and the coaches that mentor them lives on.
Here are the gold medalists from this year’s meet, which featured runners, jumpers and throwers from Sullivan West, Tri-Valley, Fallsburg, Monticello, (boys only), Liberty and Livingston Manor. Boys results: Shot put: Trevon Rainey (M) 47-4; 110 Hurdles; Mitch Paciga (SW) 16.0; 2; 100: Terry Duncan (M) 11.4; 3000: Joe Klein (M) 10:50.1; 800: Sean O’Rourke (M) 2:06.8; 3000 Steeplechase: Hauk Boyes (T-V) 11:08; 200: Duncan (M) 23.4; 400 Hurdles: CJ Forrest (M) 1:01.1; 1600: 1. Ethan Seidl (SW) 5:16.6; 4×800 Relay: (M)Escobar, O’Rourke, Forrest and Klein 8:50; 4×100 Relay (M): Rainey, Forrest, LahJuan Drayton, Duncan (M) 46.9; 4×400 Relay (T-V) Tyler Greffrath, Josh Winters, Nathan Bender, JamesTierney 3:43.3; Long jump: Kyle Haynes (M)18-7½; Discus: Anthony Rydell (SW) 123-1; Triple jump: Drayton (M) 40-2; High Jump: Mitch Paciga (SW) 6-0; Javelin: Josh Winters (T-V) 156-8; Pole vault: Aidan Woolsey (T-V) 11-0. Girls: Javelin: Kassie Foertsch (F) 69-0; 100 Hurdles: Sabrena Smith (T-V) 17.9; 100: Candhace Forrest (F) 12.6; 3000: Brooke Gillette (T-V) 13:25.5; 800: Courtney Meyerer (SW) 2:38.9; 2000 Steeplechase: Alexandra Brooks (T-V) 8:37.6; 200: Forrest (F) 27.6; 400 Hurdles: Catherine Lavinski (SW) 1:17.6; 400: Meyerer (SW) 64.1; 1500: Kelsey Dutton (SW) 5:21; 4×800 Relay: (T-V) Autumn Bender, Brooks, Smith, Ali Reynolds 11:19.4; 4×400 Relay (SW) 4:38.8 Megan Robisch, Lavinski, Meyerer and Erin Sumfleth; Long jump: Stephanie Schwab (SW) 13-11; Discus: Jones (T-V) 79-3; Triple jump: Ami Calo (LM) 30-11; High jump: Tiffani Suhm (F) 4-8; Pole vault: Megan Hurwitz (F) 8-0; Shot put: Nyasia Harris (F) 29-8; 4×100 Relay (F) 54.6 Fields, Seastrand, Forrest. At the OCIAA Championships, featuring all the schools in the Orange County League, the competition was far more rigorous. Sullivan County medalists: Terry Duncan (M) 4th in the 200 in 23.42; Tyler Greffrath (T-V) 5th in high jump, 5-10; LahJuan Drayton (M) 6th in triple jump, 41-4.75; Trevon Rainey (M) 5th in shot put, 46-9.5; Anthony Rydell (SW) 5th in discus, 134-9; Katlynn Greffrath (T-V) 3rd in high jump, 5-0 (state qualifying height); Colleen Jones (T-V) 2nd in discus, 106-0; Sabrena Smith 4th in pentathlon, 2,283 points; Sydney Johnson (M) 3rd in javelin (non-scoring), 71-9; Tianna Bosnjak (F) 5th in javelin, 70-1; Aidan Woolsey (T-V) 3rd in pentathlon, 2,520 points; James Tierney (T-V) 4th in pentathlon, 2,500 points; Josh Winters (T-V) first in javelin (non scoring), 161-1. At the Section Nine boys golf championships Eldred’s David Powers was fourth after the first round with a 38-39-77. At the Section Nine girls golf championships, Fallsburg’s Madison Levine was fifth after the first round (42-46-88). Last week, Levine set a school record at Lochmoor by shooting a one-under-par 37. It was the best score versus par in Fallsburg history. Sullivan West’s Daphne Muzuruk was 12th after the first round (57-50-107). The top nine girls golfers after the second round will advance to the state championships. For much more local sports coverage and details visit www.sportsinsightsny.com. For photos visit www.sportsinsights.smugmug.com.