Track and Field
GREENE - Unadilla Valley sophomore Dylan Thomsen ran away from the competition, and never looked back.
Thomsen broke his own school record in the 1,600 meters, and upended top-seeded Jack Hillenbrand of Harpursville by 20 meters timing 4:30.3 to win his first Midstate Athletic Conference title.
Thomsen jetted to the front on the opening turn, and ran his first 800 meters in 2:11, three seconds clear of Hillenbrand. The gap never closed for Thomsen, that despite a slight letdown in the third lap. He widened his gap on the backstretch of the bell lap, and was never tested.
Thomsen broke his own school mark by nearly six seconds, although the sophomore doubted he would lower his mark. “I didn’t think I would set a new PR (personal record), especially after the third lap,” Thomsen said moments after the race, still catching his breath. “I still had a little bit left on the final lap.”
The rest of the Midstate Athletic Conference championship results will appear in the Monday edition of The Evening Sun.
Murray, Bonney double up at STAC Championship
ENDICOTT – Norwich juniors Matt Murray and Brooke Bonney won two individual STAC titles, Thursday afternoon at Union-Endicott High School.
Murray swept the 400 meters (48.84) and 800 meters (1:54.54), and broke the school record in the 400. In the latter race, Murray – a state champion during the indoor track and field season – held off fellow state champion Cory McCarty of Elmira by less than a second.
Bonney rolled to wins in the shot put and discus. She tossed the shot 37-7, and had a new personal-best 115-1 to take the discus.
Morgan Hagenbuch and Marysa Campbell went two-three in the long jump. Hagenbuch reached 16-5 1/2, and Campbell leapt 16-3/4.
Norwich 14, Unadilla Valley 13
NORWICH – Norwich’s offense came to life in the nick of time rallying from eight runs down after four innings in Thursday’s non-league victory over Unadilla Valley.