NEWARK VALLEY – The Norwich Purple Tornado boys and girls Track and Field team took to the road for another weekend invitational – coming home with a solid team finish at fourth and seventh, respectively out of 21 teams.
On the boys side of the Red, White, Blue and Gold Invitational, it was in fact Ithaca who pulled away – winning the weekend with 69 team points, as they bested second-place Maine-Endwell at 54 points. The Norwich boys finished fourth with 52 points, behind Owego who managed 53 points. The Greene Trojans put their best foot forward, but with a depleted roster failed to score any team points – resulting in a last place finish on Saturday, April 8.
The girls saw a much less competitive run when it came to team finishes, as Lansing simply dominated all in their path with a weekend invitational win coming by way of 103 team points. Lansing defeated the Ithaca girls who managed a second-place finish with 85 team points – the Tornado girls slid in tied for seventh place with Trumansburg at 26 points. Greene would finish 17th out of 21 teams with six points on the day.
Despite various meet records being broken this past Saturday – when host Newark Valley’s Courtney McNeil (100m 12.51) and Keira Malarkey (Female MVP, High Jump 5’3”) took to the track – Norwich put forth a showing of their own where they successfully managed three personal best times as well as an MVP of their – all coming by way of the sprinting events.
Although a senior, Norwich’s Ky’sawn Veale is seeing his first year as a varsity Track and Field athlete start with quit some pop.
Veale finished first in his qualifying heat in the 110m hurdles with a time of 17.50 seconds, qualifying him for the finals. That is when Veale – already having snagged a personal best time at 17.50 seconds – decided to kick it into gear when he flew to a second-place finish in the event with his newest PR time of 17.36 seconds. Veale edged out Matt Schneider of Union-Endicott (18.01 seconds) while being bested for the top podium spot by Homer’s Paul Morse (16.56 seconds).
Notably, Veale has proved to not just be a solid hurdler and sprinter – but has not solidified himself in the jumping events when he came home with a second-place podium finish in the Long Jump as well. Veale finished second on the day with his best jump of 19’10.00” – landing him in second-place behind Aaron Davis of Union-Endicott. Veale also grabbed an eighth place finish in the Triple Jump when he bounded his way to a solid 37’10.50 jump.