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LOCAL YOUTH ADVANCE TO HERSHEY, PA

LOCAL YOUTH ADVANCE TO HERSHEY, PA

ILION – Two local qualifiers from the Ilion, one from Poland and one from Rome who all took first place at the NYS West 27th Annual Hershey’s Track and Field Games State Meet on June 29th at the Herkimer Elementary School have advanced to the North American Finals in Hershey, PA.

They will be leaving on August 1st for the Finals to be held on August 3rd and have a trip of a lifetime sponsored entirely by the Hershey Company!

All of this years qualifiers are softball throwers and they include:

Lauren Gravelding, Ilion (13-14) third straight appearance, finishing fourth place last year, after finishing fifth place in 2011.

Damien Call, Rome (11-12) second straight appearance, he shattered the NYS West Record in the boys 9-10 Softball Throw at last years State Meet and this year broke the 11-12 Softball Throw Record. Damien took second place last year.

Lindsey Gravelding, Ilion (11-12)

Connor Broadbent, Coldbrook (9-10)

Joshua Luce, Skaneateles (13-14)

Not every winner at the NYS West Finals automatically advanced to the North American Finals due to the geographical distribution rule, but at least five participants from all state, provincial and territorial meets across the United States and Canada will compete in the North American Finals.

Eight regions compete in the North American Finals. New York State West Finalists will compete in Region 7, which also includes; NYS East, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Quebec, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C. Each region sends approximately 60 children, for a total of about 480 participants. The competition will take place at Henry Hershey Field in Hershey, PA on the campus of the Milton Hershey School.

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 36th anniversary of the Games. Anyone interested in volunteering or would like information about hosting their own local Hershey youth track meet next year are asked to contact Dave Williams at DaveWilliams.ny@gmail.com Program website can be found at http://ilionhershey/. Like us n Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/205822482790272/

 

HERSHEY’S STATE MEET COMPLETE-RESULTS ARE IN

6/30

HERKIMER –The top finishers from 14 local meets from across central NY participated in the 27th Annual NYS West Finals on June 29 at Herkimer elementary School. Approximately 250 kids competed from a total of 14 communities/schools local meets in the State, Meet and State Coordinator Dave Williams from Ilion reported.

Ilion’s Emily Slaughter won two events. She took first place in the 50 Meter Dash and 4×100 Meter Relay in the 9-10 age group. Joining her in the Relay were, Abigail Call, Sarah Wood and McKenzie Jones-Messina.

Poland had two double winners; Keara Blumenstock and Preston Fonda, both captured first place honors in their respective age groups in the 100 & 200 Meter Dashes.

New Hartford’s double winners, Mattison Hunt (200M) and Jordan Restivo (800M) also ran together in capturing the 4x100M Relay.

Damien Call from Rome, a 2012 North American Finalists in the Softball Throw set a New State Record in the 11-12 age group, adding to his 2012 record in the 9-10 age group. Call bested the former record set by 2003 North American Finalists Rhett Kristl (184’10”) from Oriskany with a toss of 190’9”.

Sam Sharlow was Oriskany’s only double winner taking first place in the 400M and 800M.

Qualifying in Canajorharie, Renee LeBlanc from Fairport won both the 100M and Standing Long Jump.

Greene had two double winners in, Burt Kinney (100 & 200) and Pipher Reid (200 & 400).

The third New Record set was by Michael Thorp from Mohawk in 9-10 200 Meter Dash; he also took first place in the Softball Throw.

The remaining double winners included: Sara Woods, Ilion (200M & 4×100 Meter Relay), Madison Szczesnaik, Poland (800M & Relay), Lauren Bush, Ilion (100M & Relay), Lauren Gravelding, Ilion (200M & SBT). Rounding out the double winners who will also be competing in the State Finals are Andrew Walker, Clayville (50M & 100M), Adam Klosner, Ilion (100M & SLJ) and Jacob Slaughter, Ilion (SBT & 200M).

Rounding out the double winners from Skaneateles were Lauren DiFraia (SLJ & 100M) and Joshua Luce (SBT & 200M).

Other communities that hosted local meets that competed in this year’s state meet will be entries from Plattsburgh, Niskayuna, Jamestown, Oxford, Verona, Dansville and Norwich.

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 3. 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 36th anniversary of the Games.

Anyone that would like information about hosting their own Local Hershey youth track meet next year are asked to please contact DaveWilliams.ny@gmail.com. Program website can be found at http://ilionhershey/.

 

MHTS update 6/28: 

Message from Dave Williams regarding Hershey Track Meet on Saturday.

I have already spoken to the Herkimer CSD, and although there has been major flooding in and around Herkimer, and we are a go for the NYS West Hershey’s Track and Field Finals tomorrow, Saturday, June 29th, as scheduled.

The Herkimer Elementary School is actually located in East Herkimer, up on the slight hill and the field and jumping pits have excellent drainage. They will be lining the Softball Throwing area this afternoon.

You may experience some traffic details going through the village of Herkimer and avoid going through Mohawk, if you can. Please try to arrive a little early, just in case you experience traffic details.

The weather does call for an occasional shower tomorrow, so please come prepared.
Drive careful and Good Luck to all State Qualifiers.

6/24

ILION –The top finishers from 14 local meets from across central NY will advance to the NYS West Finals on Saturday, June 29 at Herkimer elementary School starting at 10:15a.m. with the Parade of Athletes lead by the East Herkimer Volunteer Fire Department Color Guard.

There close to 300 kids entered to compete from a total of 14 communities/local meets in the State, making this the largest State meet since coming to the Mohawk Valley from Waterloo 11 years ago.

Ilion’s Emily Slaughter won four events in the 21st Annual Local Hershey’s Track & Field Games at Ilion High School on June 1st. She took first place in the 50 Meter Dash, 400 Meter Run, Standing Long Jump (SLJ) and 4×100 Meter Relay in the 9-10 age group.

Triple winners included:  Keara Blumenstock from Poland (100, 200, SLJ), her winning time in the 11-12 200 Meter Dash set a New Local Record. Damien Call from Rome , a 2012 North American Finalists, won the 100, 200 and Softball Throw (SBT).

His winning time in the 11-12 200 Meter Dash set a New Local Record. Sara Hopkins from Syracuse also won three events by capturing the 800M, 1600M and Standing Long Jump.

The third New Record set was by Michael Thorp from Mohawk in 9-10  200 Meter Dash, he also took first place in the Softball Throw.

The remaining double winners included:  Sara Woods, Ilion (200M & 4×100 Meter Relay), Madison Szczesnaik, Poland (800M & Relay), Lauren Bush, Ilion (100M & Relay), Lauren Gravelding, Ilion (200M & SBT).

Rounding out the double winners who will also be competing in the State Finals are Andrew Walker, Clayville (50M & 100M), Adam Klosner, Ilion (100M & SLJ) and Jacob Slaughter, Ilion (SBT & 200M).

A mandatory meeting for all of the Ilion Meet qualifiers will be held Thursday, June 27th from 6-7 p.m. at the Annunciation Parish Center (former School) on West Street in Ilion .

Each finalist MUST be at this meeting (or have a parent/adult attend in their absence), as a team picture will be taken and t-shirts, bib numbers, pins, meal tickets and certificates will be distributed this time.  

Other communities joining Ilion and Poland that hosted local meets that will be competing in this year’s state meet will be entries coming from Plattsburgh, Skaneateles, Niskayuna, Jamestown, Greene, Oxford, Oriskany, Canajoharie, Verona and first year teams from New Hartford, Dansville and Norwich.

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 3.  The competition will take place at Henry Hershey Field, Hershey , PA.

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 36th anniversary of the Games.  

Anyone interested in helping volunteering at this years State Meet or that would like information about hosting their own local Hershey youth track meet next year are asked to please contact DaveWilliams.ny@gmail.com. Program website can be found at http://ilionhershey/.

 

21ST ANNUAL HERSHEY TRACK & FIELD MEET IN THE BOOKS-READ ALL ABOUT IT

6/2

ILION – Ilion’s Emily Slaughter won four events in the 21st Annual Local Hershey’s Track & Field Games at Ilion High School on June 1st. She took first place in the 50 Meter Dash, 400 Meter Run, Standing Long Jump (SLJ) and 4×100 Meter Relay in the 9-10 age group.

Triple winners included: Keara Blumenstock from Poland (100, 200, SLJ), her winning time in the 11-12 200 Meter Dash set a New Local Record bettering Katherine Durr’s 2005 record of 30.03 with a time of 28.84. Damien Call from Rome, a 2012 North American Finalists, won the 100, 200 and Softball Throw (SBT).

His winning time in the 11-12 200 Meter Dash set a New Local Record bettering Richard Mochetto’s 1996 record of 29.77 with a time of 27.72. Sara Hopkins fro Syracuse also won three events by capturing the 800M, 1600M and Standing Long Jump.

The third New Record set was by Michael Thorp from Mohawk. His winning time in the 9-10 200 Meter Dash set a New Local Record bettering Jordan Smith’s 2001 record of 33.6 with a time of 32.38. Thorp also took first place in the Softball Throw.

The remaining double winners included: Sara Woods, Ilion (200M & 4×100 Meter Relay), Madison Szczesnaik, Poland (800M & Relay), Lauren Bush, Ilion (100M & Relay), Lauren Gravelding, Ilion (200M & SBT).

Gravelding has competed in the North American Finals the last two years in the Softball Throw. Rounding out the double winners were Andrew Walker, Clayville (50M & 100M), Marek Bush, Ilion (400M & Relay), Adam Klosner, Ilion (100M & SLJ) and Jacob Slaughter, Ilion (SBT & 200M).

The Second Annual DON TAYLOR MEMORIAL 800 METER RUN” was won by Ilion’s Lucas Kleban. When Mr. Taylor, a 1947 graduate of Ilion High School ran track, his main event was the 880 Yard Run.

In memory of Mr. Taylor who passed on May 19, 2012 , the Boys 13-14 800 Meter Run at the Ilion Local Hershey Games was named in his memory.

Mr. Taylor was a timer at the track and field events at Ilion High School, including the Local and NYS West Hershey’s Track and Field Games and was awarded the Hershey’s Track & Field Outstanding Local Program Award in 2003.

The top three finishers now advance to the NYS West Finals on Saturday June 29th at the Herkimer Elementary School.

Competing in this year’s state meet will be entries coming from Plattsburgh, Niskayuna, Jamestown, Canandaigua, Poland, Canajoharie, Oriskany, Verona, Oxford, Greene, Dansville, Schenectady, New Hartford, Skaneateles and Norwich.

Any youngster who have not participated in a local Hershey track meet yet, but would like to attempt to qualify for the State meet may compete at the Canajohare Central School District Track on June 15th. Registration starts at 9:30am, track meet starts at 10:00am. All registrants must have copy of birth document. Contact Dontay Fowler at 518-673-5117 for additional information.

Not every winner at the NYS West Final will automatically advances to the North American Finals due to the geographical distribution rule, but at least five winners will compete in the North American Finals.

Eight regions compete in the North American Finals. NYS West 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 4th. The competition will take place at Henry Hershey Field, in Hershey, PA.

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 36th Anniversary of the Games.

Dave Williams, Meet Coordinator, thanks the over 50 volunteers from the community, that assisted during this year’s event. Anyone interested in helping with this years State Meet or that would like information about holding their own local meet, please contact Dave Williams at DaveWilliams.ny@gmail.com. Program website can also be found at http://ilionhershey.com/.

MOHAWK VALLEY YOUTH TO COMPETE IN LOCAL  HERSHEY’S TRACK & FIELD GAMES TO QUALIFY FOR NYS WEST FINALS  

LION – Local youth athletes will compete at the 21st Annual Hershey’s Track & Field Games, Saturday, June 1st 10:00 a.m. at the Ilion High School Track (http://www.ilionhershey.com/).

They will be competing for the ultimate prize – a trip to the Hershey’s Track & Field Games North American Final Meet in Hershey, Pa. 

The Hershey’s Track & Field Games is the longest-running youth fitness program of its kind in North America and is designed to encourage physical fitness among youth and emphasize sportsmanship through basic track and field events such as running, jumping and throwing. 

This year marks the 36th Anniversary of the Games.  Open to boys and girls ages 9 through 14 (as of 12-31-2013) born 1999-2004, the Hershey’s Track & Field Games hopes to attract over 400,000 participants to compete in local and state, provincial and territorial meets held across North America, including Puerto Rico this spring.

Children 8 and under are also being invited to participate in the 50 Meter Dash, Standing Long Jump and Softball Throw as an introduction to the Hershey Games, registration is not required for children 8 and under and this age group will not advance to the State Finals.

At least five finalists from each of the 50 U.S. states, including Puerto Rico, 10 Canadian provinces and three Canadian territories will ultimately qualify for the North American Final Meet, which will be held August 1-4 at Henry Hershey Field in Hershey, Pa. 

In total, close to 500 young athletes will participate in the final event and have the chance to meet some of the greatest athletes in track and field history, such as Olympians Carl Lewis and Rafer Johnson.

Advanced mail in registration is preferred for children 9-14 years of age; no entries will be accepted after 5/23/13. Entry forms are available at the YMCA of the Mohawk Valley and the Ilion Free Public Library. 

A copy of each child’s legal birth document MUST accompany all entry forms, for first time participants. Registrations will also be accepted on Tuesday, May 21st from 6-7:45 p.m. at the Ilion Free Public Library.

Children who can not make the Ilion meet, but would like to try to qualify for the State meet may go online at http://www.hersheystrackandfield.com to find all other Local NYW meets scheduled.

Children may only enter one local meet in an attempt to qualify for the State Meet June 29th, also at the Herkimer Elementary Ilion School.

The top finisher’s at each local event advance to the NYS West Finals. State meet winners do not automatically advance to the North American Finals (NAF), but are entered into the regional pool and become eligible for selection to the Region Seven Team which will travel to Hershey, PA August 1-4 to compete in the NAF.

Events include the 50, 100, 200, and 400 meter dashes, 800 and 1600 meter runs, 400 meter relay, standing long jump and softball throw. Informal optional practices will be held at the Ilion High School track from 6-7pm Thursday, May 23 and 30.

Stay tuned to Time Warner Public Access Channel 99 Monday-Friday 4-6pm and again 6-8pm every Saturday for information about the Milton Hershey School , Highlights of the North American Finals and Hershey’s Fast Track to Sports.

The Hershey program is supported by the National Recreation and Park Association, the National Association for Sport and Physical Education, Athletics Canada and Key Club International and is solely funded by Hershey Company.

This year’s local event in Ilion will again be sponsored by the YMCA of the Mohawk Valley. HERSHEY’S TRACK & FIELD GAMES are designed to encourage physical fitness among youth and emphasizes participation and sportsmanship.

For additional information or anyone interested in volunteering, contact Dave Williams, Meet at 894-5636 or by email DaveWilliams.ny@gmail.com.

 

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