Locals Perform Well at Blue and Gold Invitational

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By Keith Harrington

The Granville track and field program hosted the second annual Blue and Gold Invitational on Saturday at Sam Eppolito Field and several local teams and student athletes had strong performances. Unlike last year when the event was held in a persistent drizzle, the sky was blue and temperatures were perfect. With the ideal conditions meet records were dropping like flies.

On the girls side Fort Plain placed first with 77 points. Emma Willard was second. Corinth/Hadley-Luzerne, Berne Knox-Westerlo and MSJ of Rutland, Vermont rounded out the top five.

In the boys competition Cohoes dominated the field with 166.50 points. Berne Knox-Westerlo, Granville, Corinth/Hadley-Luzerne and Galway competed the top 5.

The Granville boys finished first in the 4 x 800 relay. The Golden Horde were also second in the 4 x 100 relay with a team that earned them a spot in the state qualifier. The 4 x 800 team consists of Carter Powell, Parker Cornwall, Matthew Vladyka, and Hatden Villarreal. The 4 x 100 team is made up of Ethan Gibbs, Conner Gregorio, Trey Mason, and Nick Powers.

Tim Pratt of Granville placed first in the 110-meter hurdles.

Chase Oakman of Granville was second in the boys 3200-meter run.

Madeline Baldes of Corinth/Hadley-Luzerne was second in the girls 3200-meter run.

Bella Craig of Corinth/Hadley-Luzerne placed first in the girls 100-meter hurdles. Craig, just an eighth grader also was second in the girls 400 meter hurdles.

Whitehall’s Samatha Howland placed first in the girls long jump and triple jump. Howland was second in the girls 100-meter dash.

Hunter Shanahan of Corinth/Hadley-Luzerne finished first in the boys 1600 meter run. Shanahan was also second in the boys 800-meters.

Granville’s Amber Gibbs finished first in the 2000-meter steeple chase. Gibbs placed second in the girls 400-meter dash.

Tristen Teer of Granville finished second in the boys 400-meter hurdles.

Nick Powers placed first in the boys shot put for the Golden Horde.

Corinth/Hadley Luzerne’s Aidan Chase was first in the boys discus throw.

Aaron Stuztman of Greenwich was the winner in the boys pole vault.

For all of the results from the meet go to Milesplit NY: https://ny.milesplit.com/meets/593534-granville-blue-and-gold-track-invitational-2024/results.