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Sunday, June 9, 2019: Mount Sinai's Wei completes impressive weekend

   Leading off today: Mount Sinai senior Ken Wei completed his high school track and field career in style On Saturday, winning the Federation 110-meter hurdles championship Saturday during the state meet in Middletown.

   Wei's time of 13.86 seconds into a headwind completed a weekend of five victories.

   "At our division meet, there was a huge tailwind and I ran 13.89," Wei said. "I was very happy about that. But, it was wind-assisted and doesn't really count in the record books and stuff. Today, I ran faster than that into a headwind. I (set a personal best) and I'm very happy."

   Wei also won a Federation title in the long jump with a leap of 23-3 and was third in the triple jump. He won all three events in the NYSPHSAA Division II meet over the weekend.

   Our Lady of Lourdes senior Jaheim Jones capped a sweep of sprint titles. After winning the Division II 100 and 200 finals Friday, be doubled again Saturday in the Federation races with times of :10.60 and :21.13.

   Meanwhile, Maine-Endwell senior Parker Stokes repeated as 3,000 steeplechase winner, dominating the field with a time of 9:02.48 to shave more than three seconds off his Section 4-record time of a year ago.

   Stokes kicked home with a 65.41-second bell lap. His sophomore sister Lindsey Stokes placed third in the Division II girls steeplechase.

   Other boys highlights:

    • Whitman's Jack Poplawski won his second consecutive pentathlon championship with 3,477 points, capping the competition with a time of 4:21.79 to finish first in the 1,500 meters.

    • Jon Surdej of Lancaster, already a two-time indoor champ on the shot put, added his second outdoor Federation crown to his trophy case with a heave of 62-8.25, more than six feet clear of the competition.

    • Northport's Sean Ryan won the 1,600 in 4:10.78 after overtaking Bronxville's Alex Rizzo (4:12.36) halfway down the homestretch.

   "I was holding back a little bit, but (Rizzo) definitely surged because he knew I was there," Ryan said. "In the end, he was definitely a little tired and I felt a lot stronger than he was feeling. ... It's all arms and staring at that finish line."

    • Huntington's 1,600 relay of C.J. Kiviat, Anthony Joseph, Justin Stevens, and Johnathan Smith doubled down on its indoor state championship by winning the outdoors crown in 3:14.95.

   Smith was even with Newburgh Free Academy's Ryler Gould when he received the final handoff and ran a :47.52 anchor leg.


   Sweeps in girls sprints: Vestal's Tia Jones made it a sweep of Division I 100 and 200 dashes. Her performance included a Section 4 record of :24.24 seconds, bettering her own 2016 mark. The Golden Bears senior was the NYSPHSAA indoor 55-meter champion in March.

   The Division II sprints as well as the Federation crowns belonged to 12-year-old Jada Kenner, the Buffalo Tapestry Charter seventh-grader who's had an exceptional start to her scholastic career.

   Her Division I finals times of :11.94 and :24.25 fended off Mia D'Ambrosio of Schalmont. In the Federation races, Kenner won in 11:90 and :23.83.

   "It feels amazing," said Kenner, who win the state indoor


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  • 300 in March. "I've definitely put in a lot of hard work from indoor and outdoor. I'm just happy I was able to execute the way I wanted to."

       Said coach Dan Tryon: "Her weekend was amazing but it wasn't unexpected. She came into this year with a bunch of goals. Her goal was to be the fastest girl in the state and she achieved that."

       Elsewhere, Mount Sinai's Sarah Connelly completed a year-long distance triple by placing first in the 1,500 meters in 4:31.11. She previously won the NYSPHSAA Class B cross country championship last November and the Division II 3,000 on Friday afternoon.

       Other girls highlights:

        • Spencerport star Vanessa Watson capped her career with the Federation championship in the 400 hurdles. The Tennessee-bound speedster racked up six indoor or outdoor championships in her career, including sweeps of the Division I and Federation 400 hurdles titles the past two seasons.

       "Each year was just better than the last," Watson said. "The times just kept getting better, the support never went away. It just grows."

        • Hilton junior Anaya Dees won the Federation girls long jump for the second year in a row, after taking the Division I title Friday. Her 18-3 effort in the Federation final came after a winning 18-9½ effort in Division I to fend off North Rockland's Nadia Saunders (18-8) in a nail-biting duel.

        • Valley Stream South senior Chibugo Obichere, a multi-time indoor and outdoor champion in NYSPHSAA fields, finally added a Federation championship to her list of accomplishments by winning the 100 hurdles in :14.13. Ama Boham of Valatie Ichabod Crane was a distant second in :14.60.

       More from the meet: We've added the boys and girls agate from the state track meet to our reference section.

       Boys tennis: Geneva junior Ryan Fishback completed an undefeated season by winning the Federation championship at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

       Fishback, who captured the New York State Public High School Athletic Association title last weekend, won both of his matches to take home his first Federation crown.

       Fishback defeated NYSAIS champion Alexander Nielsen of Collegiate School 6-3, 6-2 and then secured the title by beating PSAL champion Eric Dubilirer of Benjamin Cardozo 6-0, 6-0.

       "Ryan started a little slow in his first match but still handled his business," Pittsford Sutherland coach Joe Thyroff said. "After the match he told me his back started to stiffen up on him. Whatever he did to it during the break must have worked because he played really well in his second match."

       PSAL champions Christopher Tham and Kai Yuminaga of Cardozo earned the doubles championship.

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