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Sunday, May 21, 2017: R-H junior sets three Section 5 track records

   Leading off today: Rush-Henrietta sprinter Lanae-Tava Thomas may very well have posted the greatest single-day performance in Section 5 track and field history Saturday.

   The native of Jamaica broke sectional records in the 100 meters, 200 meters and long jump as the Royals competed at the Monroe County League championships.

   Thomas, a junior who arrived in the U.S. at the age of 10, won the long jump with a leap of 21 feet. Through three inches short of per personal best during a summer-league meet a year ago, it extended her own sectional mark.

   Her times in the sprints were 11.66 and 23.61 seconds, the latter lowering her mark of :23.68 as a sophomore. The 100 mark had been held by Zilla Higgs (:11.74) of Rochester East since 1991.

   Teammate Sammy Watson took second in the 200 in :24.81 and won the 400 (:54.07) and 1,500 meters (4:38.99).

    • In the boys 1,600 meters, Fairport junior Ben Bulkeley (4:19.33) won a duel with seniors Paul Dellinger of Brighton (4:20.08) and Brad Farnham of Penfield (4:20.64).

   CHSAA track: St. Anthony's senior Halle Hazzard, the reigning state champ, won the girls 100 meters in :11.81 during the Catholic High School Athletic Association championships.

   Hazzard is expected to compete for Grenada in the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States Championships in early July.

   "I'm mainly getting ready for that, which is why I'm not like killing myself on these races, taking it easy because I have a long season ahead of me," Hazzard told Newsday.

   Eddy Games: Saratoga's Kelsey Chmiel set a national sophomore class record in the 3,000 with a time of 9:18.09, winning her race at Schenectady High by more than 51 seconds.

   Chmiel, who set the U.S. sophomore mark for two miles a week earlier, blasted past the mark of former California star Julia Stamps, who ran 9:21.99 in 1995.

   Chmiel broke the Section 2 record of 9:24.03 by Saratoga's Nicole Blood in 2004.

   "You never think you'll have another Cheri Goddard, another Erin Davis, another Nicole Blood," Saratoga coach Linda Kranick said. "Along comes Kelsey."

   Epic rally: Dylan Wallace's fourth goal of the day gave host Liverpool a 14-13 victory in overtime against the combined Syracuse City School District squad in the Section 3 boys Class A lacrosse quarterfinals.

   The Warriors trailed 12-3 with just four minutes remaining in the third quarter. The Warriors erupted for five goals in the final four minutes of regulation, with Wallace connecting three times in that stretch. Devin Dewane had the other two, including the tying goal with 1:04 left.

   Syracuse was flagged for eight penalties in the fourth quarter, including three for unsportsmanlike conduct. Liverpool's tying goal came on a 6-on-3 opportunity with the Cougars' backup goalie in the game.

   "That's definitely the biggest comeback I've ever been a part of, as a player or a coach in any game or any lacrosse game," Liverpool coach Mike Felice said. "It was unbelievable."

   'Semi' tough: Ben Seiler threw a perfect game, pitching Albany Academy to a 5-0 victory over Voorheesville in the Section 2 Class B baseball semifinals.

   Seiler struck out eight and did not allow a ball out of the infield.

   "He was in command from start to finish and threw only 79 pitches," coach Dave Rider said.

   Seiler also went 2-for-4 at the plate with a double and a run batted in.

   Milestone: Bayport-Blue Point baseball coach Jim Moccio picked up his 300th win with a 9-3 victory over Rocky Point.

   More baseball: Yesterday's blog chronicled a string of Section 5 top seeds falling in Friday tournament quarterfinals. On Saturday, it was Section 1's turn for turmoil to kick in.

   In the top surprise, 16th-seeded Yorktown scored a 7-5 win over No. 1 seed North Rockland in Class AA. Jake Bichler set the tone at the top of the order with three hits and three runs scored, and Tanner Dysline and Tom Cole drove in two runs apiece.


   In Class A, 14th-seeded Nyack knocked off No. 3 Rye 4-3 and No. 13 seed Panas ousted No. 4 Our Lady of Lourdes 5-2.

   Nyack's Tommy Muratore cleared the bases with a fourth-inning double and picked up the win on the mound. Nyack, which started the season 0-7-1, has won 11 of its last 14 games.

   I've never known Kevin Devaney Jr. to be the type to over-react, so I hope movers and shakers in the baseball community give his thoughts some consideration in the aftermath of the aforementioned upsets:

    • In a lesser Class AA upset with some late excitement, 10th-seeded Arlington topped No. 7 Roy C. Ketcham 5-4.

   With two outs in the bottom of the seventh, left fielder Mike Bulgia knocked down Bryce Mordecki's long blast with a runner on base on a run-run game. Bulgia retrieved the ball, which just moments earlier looked like it would be a home run, and fired to cut-off man Linwood Burke. The shortstop relayed the ball to Austin Zakow slightly to the third-base side of the plate, where the catcher applied the game-ending tag on Simon Korby.

   "I've never been part of something like this or a game like this," Zakow said. "I'm so ecstatic, I can't even explain it."

   Zakow's two-run double in the fifth proved to be the winning margin.

   And a little more baseball: Rye Country Day won the Fairchester Athletic Association crown with a 4-2 win over two-time champion Brunswick.

   Senior Enzo Stefanoni allowed two runs on six hits and struck out 12.

   Rye Country Day will play in the NYSAIS quarterfinals Saturday against Horace Mann.

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