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GREENE –The top three finishers, from 12 local meets, across Central New York participated in the 28th, Annual NYS West Finals on June 14 at Greene High School.

Thirty-two, young athletes who competed at CVA in Ilion on June 7th made the trip to represent Ilion/the YMCA of the Mohawk Valley in the NYS West Finals.

The only Ilion/the YMCA of the Mohawk Valley double winner was Jacob Slaughter, from Ilion who won the Standing Long Jump and Softball Throw.

Also capturing first place honors from Ilion/the YMCA of the Mohawk Valley were:

Karli Treen, Frankfort/Herkimer, 11-12 Softball Throw,

Janiah Nicholson, Philadelphia, 11-12 100 & 200 Meter Dashes

Claire Connolly, Little Falls, 13-14 Softball Throw

Lauren Bush, Lindsey Gravelding and Charisma Lape, Ilion

and Kerissa Marquissee, Mohawk, 13-14 4×100 Meter Relay

Brian Reile, Herkimer, 9-10 Standing Long Jump

Damien Call, Rome, 11-12 Softball Throw

Ande Klosner, Nolan Stone, Marek and Mason Bush, Ilion, 4×100 Meter Relay

Nicholas Kennedy and Zachary McMahon, Ilion paired up with

Kyle Christian and Lucas Casab, from New Hartford, to win the

4×100 Meter Relay

New Hartford’s double winners included:

Josh Farmer, 13-14 1600M and 800M

Kyle Christian, 13-14 100M and Relay with Ilion

Lucas Casab, 13-14 200M and Relay with Ilion

Other First place New Hartford finishers were:

Adin Day, 11-12 800M and Ventre Woolery, 11-12 100M

Poland’s first place finisher was Taylor Clark who won the 1600 Meter Run

Damien Call from Rome, a 2012 and 2013 North American Finalists in the Softball Throw, set a New State Record in the 11-12 age group, adding to his 2012 State Record in the 9-10 age group.

Call bested his own record he set last year with a toss of 192’9”. Claire Connolly from Little Falls, a 2010 North American Finalists, took another step towards returning to Hershey, by winning her specialty the Softball Throw with a winning throw of 143’4”.

The Ilion/YMCA of the Mohawk Valley team lead all communities with ten first place finishes, edging out Skaneateles with nine. Other first place finishes included: New Hartford 7, Norwich 6, Canandaigua and Dansville 3 each, Baldwinsville, Poland and Plattsburgh 1 each, Oxford and Sidney had no first place finishes.

Other Region Seven State/Provincial meets remaining include:

NYS East June 25, Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania June 28, New Jersey June 29 and Quebec June 30.

Not every winner at the NYS West Finals will automatically advance to the North American Finals, due to the geographical distribution rule, but at least five participants from Ilion will compete in the North American Finals. 

Eight regions compete in the North American Finals. New York State Finalists will compete in Region 7, which also includes: NYS East, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Quebec, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C. 

The North American Final will be held August 2.  The competition will take place at Henry Hershey Field, Hershey, PA. North American Qualifiers will be contacted by July 11th, only those children that qualified will be called.

The Hershey’s Track & Field Games are the longest-running youth fitness program of its kind in North America and is designed to encourage physical fitness among youth and emphasize sportsmanship. This year marks the 37th anniversary of the Games. 


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