ONEONTA – With an AP exam on Friday, May 10 and another one scheduled for Monday, May 13, Bradley Morell still had time to break a school discus record at the Yellowjacket Invitational on the Lloyd Baker Field.
With a toss of 163’ 8”, Morell eclipsed his season best set last week of 160’ 0”. The previous record was held by Jim Hurtubise in 2003, and was 163’ 3”. Morell was very happy with his throw, and is looking toward the Section IV record of 176’ 0”, set by Ithaca’s Sam Cherney in 2012.
Morell helped his team by also winning the shot put with a put of 47’ 4”, a season best by almost a foot and a half.
In all, the girls took second out of 16 teams competing in the invitational, scoring 68.5 points, and the boys placed third with 43.5. Powerhouse Norwich won both.
Joining Morell in the winner’s circle was the distance medley relay team of Korbin Jones, Kyle Rowe, John Hendley and Paul Zimmer. They were Oneonta boys’ only other winners on the evening. The sprint medley relay team of Ardell Wellman, Logan Monroe, Zach Munson and Rowe picked up a second in their race to garner team points and T-shirts for the boys.
Hendley placed third in the seldom seen mile run and received another T-shirt in the process. Rowe added points by placing fourth in the 400m and Jack Flynn and Jacob Ghiorse picked up fifth and sixth in the 400m hurdles. Wellman rounded out the scoring by taking sixth in the high jump.
For the girls, Maddie Hansen was the lone winner, as she high jumped 4’ 10” for a season- best and the victory. Depth was key, as they picked up points in many events. Placing second were Erin Stadler in the 400m and the sprint medley relay team of Yuliah Johnson, Morgan Jipson, Danielle Basdekis and Stadler.
Basdekis picked up another T-shirt with a third in the 400m hurdle race and Jipson added to her tally with a third in the long jump. Olivia O’Donnell was third in the 400m run. The distance medley relay team of O’Donnell, Stadler, Samantha Ficano and Autumn Nealis placed fourth.
Also taking fourth were Miriam Fonjweng in the 100m hurdles, Johnson in the 100m, Annalise Grant in the pole vault and Gabriella Ragozzine in the shot put.
Johnson placed fifth in the 200m and Naomi Cook took sixth in the pole vault.