JOHNSON CITY – Last Thursday, May 19, the Norwich Purple Tornado boys and girls track and field team traveled to Johnson City High School for the annual Southern Tier Athletic Conference (STAC) Championship. This championship is a showcase of the best talent in the track and field arena in the conference.
As a team, Norwich's boys and girls team did not fair as well as they did at an individual level. Binghamton high school boys cruised to a crushing win over all of their opponents scoring 131-points as a team; while the Corning girls did the same to their opponents, claiming the team win with 126-points. Despite not cracking the top five in points as a team in either boys or girls, the Tornado boys claimed a respectable seventh place finish out of seventeen with 34-points. The Tornado girls claimed a fifteenth place finish with 8-points.
The individual level of the sport saw a slew of personal bests for athletes all across the board with a numerous amount of personal season records going to the Norwich athletes.
Boys Track and Field
Norwich left the STAC meet on Thursday with two champions. David Bernstein won his second straight STAC championship when he claimed the crown in discus. Bernstein launched his winning throw to an impressive distance of 149'10”. Bernstein would beat the second place finisher from Johnson City by nine feet when they threw 140'10”. 7. Trevor McCarthy also of Norwich would throw a seasons best for seventh place with a 121'01”.
Norwich's second STAC champion in the meet was Bernstein's fellow senior teammate Thomas Reilly who claimed the top spot in shot put with his monster personal best throw of 53'04". Just like Bernstein, Reilly would crush his opponents when the second place finisher from Elmira would only manage a throw of 44'9”. Bernstein would sneak his way into the top-five at shot put as well when he placed fifth with a throw of 42'7.25”.
However, the Steeplechase would get the meet underway for the boys. The Tornado failed to have an athlete place in the top five. Brian Bates of Corning would win the event with a time of 9:49.25.
The 4x100 relay teams took the track at the STAC meet with Norwich's extremely young team hoping to stay competitive. Ultimately the relay team from Binghamton High School would run a stunning 43.45, edging Johnson City by tenths of a second for the win. The Norwich team of David Berger, Zack Race, Drew Walsh and Eric Conant would run a respectable 46.60, but would fall short of a top five finish, placing eighth.