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NTL TRACK & FIELD: ATHENS GIRLS PLACE SECOND AT CHENANGO FORKS ROTARY RELAYS; BOYS FINISH EIGHTH (16 PHOTOS) (2024-03-30)

Valley Sports Report
BINGHAMTON — The Athens girls placed in the top three in 10 different events, and finished second in the team standings here Thursday at the Chenango Forks Rotary Relays, while the Athens boys finished eighth.

"The girls really did a great job last night to finish a strong second as a team,” said Athens girls coach Mike Bronson. “As the meet went on the temperature really dropped, but the girls didn't let that bother them, they just went out and competed.  

“The all relay format makes things a little bit more fun and allows us to see kids in events that they may not normally get a chance to compete in,: he noted. “We really had a lot of great performances against some really strong teams.  

“Our girls shot put relay of Emma Pernaselli and Abbie Wagner threw really well to win. The sprint medley — Lizzie Gorsline, Abby Burgess, Emma Renninger, and Sara Bronson — ran a really strong race to finish a close second … and  the Distance Medley — Ava Hughes, Abby Burgess, Thea Bentley, and Sara Bronson — also finished a solid second to a really strong Ithaca team.  

“We really had a good night across the board, both on the track and in the field events,” noted Bronson. “I am really happy with where we are as a team, we still have a lot of work to do, but the girls are competing really well for this early season.

“It was also nice to compete against some schools that we don't normally see, several Section 3 schools came down to compete,” added Bronson.

GIRLS
Section III Clinton won the team title with 91 points, while Athens tallied 71, Section III South Jefferson was third with 63, and Union-Endicott was fourth with 49.5 points in the 15-team field.

Senior Emma Pernaselli (31-feet — first place in the individual standings) and freshman Abby Wagner (22-feet, 4-inches) finished first in the shot put with a combined distance of 53-feet, 4-inches.
 
The 1,600-meter sprint medley team of sophomores Abby Burgess and Lizzie Gorsline, and juniors Emma Renninger, and Sara Bronson finished second in a time of 4:27.9.

Burgess, and Bronson teamed with senior Thea Bentley, and sophomore Ava Hughes in the distance medley to finish second in a time of 13:44.16.

The throwers 400-meter relay team of Pernaselli, Wagner, senior Emily Marshall, and junior Hannah Earls finished second in a time of 1:01.88.

Senior Emily Henderson (18.38 seconds) and Gorsline (18.8) combined to finish third in the 100-meter hurdles in a time of 37.18 seconds.

Henderson, Burgess, junior Emma Renninger, and junior Gretchen Schmieg finished third in the 400-meter relay in a time of 54.91 seconds.

The foursome of Hughes, and freshmen Haylie Horton, Brielle Mayo, and Grace Ellsworth finished third in the 6,400-meter relay in a time of 27:22.17.

Schmieg, Renninger, Gorsline, and Burgess teamed to finish third in the 800-meter relay in a time of 1:59.79.

Earls (4-feet, 2-inches) and sophomore Elizabeth Denlinger (4-feet) combined to finish third in the high jump at 8-feet, 2-inches.

Denlinger (6-feet) and Renninger (5-feet, 6-inches) teamed to finish third in the pole vault with a combined height of 11-feet, 6-inches.

Earls (82-feet, 10-inches) and Marshall (66-feet, 6-inches) teamed to finish fourth in the discus with a combined distance of 149-feet, 4-inches.

Bentley, Horton, Mayo, and Ellsworth teamed to finish seventh in the 3,200-meter relay in a time of 12:14.41.

Schmieg (14.61) and freshman Hannah Parrish (15.97) combined to finish seventh in the 100-meter dash in 30.58 seconds.

BOYS FINISH SECOND AT ROTARY RELAYS

Senior Kaden Parrish and junior Caleb Nason teamed to bring home the Athens boys’ only win of the day.

The Wildcats finished eighth in the team standings with 31 points. Vestal won team title with 60 points, while Chenango Forks was second with 57, and Clinton was third with 52.5 points in the 14-team field.

Parrish, who was second in the individual standings with a toss of 111-feet, 5-inches, and Nason, who was sixth at 96-feet, 1-inch, combined for a winning distance of 207-feet, 6-inches in the discus.

Seniors Kelley Reid, and Jack Ryan, and juniors Westin Jaggers, and Lucious Mickley teamed to finish fourth in the 800-meter relay in a time of 1:42.25.

Sophomore Brenden Comstock (36-feet, 7 1/2-inches) and senior Josh Nittinger (34-feet, 11-inches) teamed to finish fourth in the shot put with a combined distance of 71-feet, 6 1/2-inches.

Mickley, Reid, senior Mitch Hamilton, and freshman Ryder Morley teamed to finish sixth in the 400-meter relay in 47.69 seconds.

Hamilton, Reid, senior Dash Bishop, and sophomore Graham Wanck teamed to finish sixth in the 1,600-meter sprint medley in a time of 4:03.54.

Ryan (12.9) and Morley (13.17) combined to finish sixth in the 100-meter dash in a time of  26.07 seconds.

Bishop, Hamilton, Wanck, and junior Sean Clare teamed to finish sixth in the distance relay in a time of 12:48.81.

Bishop (8-feet) and Hamilton (no height) teamed to place seventh in the pole vault with a combined eight of 8-feet.

Wanck, freshmen Alex Arecesi, and Zach Blackman, and junior Aiden Oldroyd teamed to finish eighth in the 6,400-meter relay in a time of 22:25.21.

Athens returns to action Wednesday when it hosts Troy and Wyalusing.

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IN PHOTO 1: Athens senior Emily Henderson. ... PHOTOS COURTESY OF LIZA HENDERSON.

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