Norwich’s Cole, Lowe Are Off To The Indoor Track And Field State Championships

By: Meagan Schulz

Norwich’s Cole, Lowe are off to the indoor track and field state championships The small but mighty team of the Oxford Blackhawks girls Indoor Track and Field team all came home with medals from the Section IV qualifier meet Saturday, February 15. Lexi Kohlhepp (far left) finished fifth while the Milla Gonzalez, Trinity Vargus, Emma Barbosa and Samantha Emerson all placed in different running events throughout the meet. The Lady Blackhakws placed 16th as a team overall. (Submitted Photo)

Several other county athletes place at the Section IV qualifier event

ITHACA – The Section IV Indoor Track and Field State Qualifier meet was held at Cornell University on Saturday, February 15. Norwich, Oxford and Bainbridge-Guilford-Afton took several of their athletes with hopes of seeing some qualify for the New York State Championship, set to be held at Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex on March 7.

Norwich’s Miranda Cole qualified in two events, capturing a first place finish in both the 55 meter dash and the 300 meter dash.

Cole’s time in the shorter of the two races was 7.44 seconds – eight-hundreths of a second better than the runner-up from Trumansburg. The Purple Tornado sophomore stood on top of the podium in the 300 meter event with a time of 41.30, winning by five-tenths of a second.

The state qualified runner also joined teammates Angela Carlson, Emily Davis and Shaylee Horton in the 4x200 meter relay race. With a time of 1:55.30, the Lady Purple Tornado foursome placed fifth in the event.

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Finishing one place ahead of them in the same event was the group from Oxford. Milla Gonzalez, Emma Barbosa, Samantha Emerson, and Trinity Vargas placed fourth, coming in behind Trumansburg, Horseheads, and Johnson City – all much larger schools than the Lady Blackhawks who only brought five athletes – at a time of 1:53.70. The group’s time set a new school record for the event with Oxford program being in just it’s second year.

Oxford’s other successes throughout the day included a medal finish by Gonzalez in the 55m dash. The Blackhawks’ sophomore finished sixth overall with a time of 7.77 seconds.

Another impressive feat was the fifth and sixth place finishes in the 300 meter dash by Oxford’s Trinity Vargas (44.70) and Emma Barbosa (44.85). Both times were personal bests for the individual runners while Vargas’ time set a new Oxford Academy record for the event.

The final athlete that the Blackhawks brought the meet was Lexi Kohlhepp, who participated in the shot put. Kohlhepp placed with a fifth overall with her best distance of three throws was 32 feet-10.25 inches.

“I’m incredibly proud of this group of girls,” said Oxford’s head coach Shannon Gawronski. “To show up with just five athletes, who all went top of Section IV, speaks to their incredible work ethic. They may be small in number, but not in spirit or in effort. They are a very close group who drive each other every day in practice, as seen by their overall placement in Ithaca.

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