Norwich brings home the hardware from states

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CICERO-NORTH SYRACUSE – Norwich varsity track and field capped off their already impressive 2016 campaign, when they had three athletes bring home four medals and a new school record at the New York State outdoor track and field championships.

“To bring three kids and come home with four medals is incredible,” said Norwich head coach Shaun Horan.

Norwich saw three of their athletes qualify for the NYS meet, held on Friday and Saturday, June 10 and 11, in four different events, and not just qualify but each would be chasing various school records along with goals of placing or winning their respective events.

• Emily Shattuck, a sophomore, would enjoy her second trip to the state level – missing finals at states in long jump in eighth grade, and missing the state meet in ninth, due to getting beaten out her teammate, Morgan Hagenbuch, Shattuck's freshman year – Shattuck would qualified for the long jump in division II, this time around and took full advantage of her opportunity. Shattuck would come into the meet chasing the ever evasive Norwich school record of 17'7”, set by Dana Stiles back in 1990's.

Shattuck came into the tournament ranked eighth in division II, something she soon proved to be a mere ranking as she emerged with a silver in the event, taking home a second place finish.

Shattuck would take to the long jump runway in the second heat of the semifinals in the event, with jumps of 16'5” and 16'9”, and 17'4”. Shattuck's golden ticket came when she launched herself to a new school record of 17'7.5”, downing the old school record by a half an inch.

Shattuck would qualify to make the finals in the event, and ultimately be in a place to possibly take the lead over the eventual champion, Samantha Spinella of Depew high school.

Shattuck would however finish in second overall in division II, with her best jump of the meet and season at 17'7.5”. Spinella would earn the win with her best jump of 17'9.75”.

“I never expected to even get to states this year, due to to my injury. So getting there, breaking the record and getting second is just a great reward for all the hard work I have put in,” said Shattuck. “I look forward to the next two seasons and the work that will follow. Hopefully get first next time and break my own record.”

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