ITHACA - Seniors Cienna Simon and Kylie Wilson, competing in their first competition of the 2012-13 indoor season, dominated their respective events Saturday at the Ithaca Bombers Track and Field Invitational held at Ithaca College.
Along with teammates Alize Scott and Summer Haight, they raised the bar for the competition in Section 6 this season.
Simon, captured the 55-meter hurdle title with a state-qualifying time of 8.64, which tied the current JHS record set in 2000 by Tirana McDermott. Simon has picked up where she left off last indoor season as a state qualifier in the hurdle event, when she posted a previous personal record of 8.74. She easily sprinted over the 33-inch barriers in her semifinal race in a personal record time of 8.69 and returned in the finals with her record-tying performance.
Not to be outdone on the day, Wilson duplicated Simon's winning performance in the 55-meter dash by winning her semifinal heat in a time of 7.59, her personal best and duplicating that same performance in the finals, taking first place over the field of 62 competitors. Wilson's 7.59 qualified her for the Section 6 Championships in February and placed her second on the all-time JHS indoor record board in the 55 meters, again behind Mc Dermott. McDermott, who attended Duke University on a track scholarship, is the best sprinter in JHS and Section 6 history indoors and Wilson and Simon are on track and motivated to challenge her records by the end of the 2013 indoor season.
Scott also turned in an impressive performance in the 55 meters, winning her semifinal heat in a personal-best time of 7.88 and also qualifying for the Section 6 Championships in February. Scott just missed the finals by .02 seconds finishing ninth overall in the event. Junior Summer Haight joined Simon in the 55-meter hurdles, finishing second in her semifinal heat in a Section 6-qualifying time of 9.77 and finishing 10th overall in the field of 55 hurdlers.
The foursome returned later in the meet to contest the 4x200 meter relay, running 1:54.78 and placing fourth overall. That time currently ranks them second behind 2012 champion Lancaster in their quest for a trip to the state meet later in February.
JHS sprint/hurdle coach Ron Graham was very pleased with the girls opening-meet performances, especially with 2months of preparation training and competition remaining in the indoor season. Head coach Steve Sipior's JHS boys and girls track team has now equaled or bettered the Section 6-qualifying standards in 16 individual events in just the first three meets of this indoor season with another 12 meets remaining on the JHS indoor schedule.
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LANCASTER - The Jamestown indoor track team continued its success into its second meet of the season at the Lancaster High School Fieldhouse on Friday.
For the girls, the sprinters, hurdlers and jumpers led the way. Mikayla Capestrani won the pole vault while tying her personal-best jump of 9 feet, 6 inches. She followed that up by qualifying for sectionals with her third-place finish in the 50-meter dash (7.1).
Sarah Garvin, an eighth-grader from Jefferson Middle School, took second place in the 50-meter hurdles with a sectional-qualifying time of 8.7.
Orianne Simon, a seventh-grader from Washington Middle School, took second in the 50 with a sectional-qualifying time of 6.9 and a sixth in the 300.
Anna Torres was third in the 300 in 50.2.
All four girls teamed up to dominate the 800 relay, taking first in a time of 2:05.2.
Sophomore Rebecca Bogdan took third in the 3,000-meter run while teammate Kimberly Lindquist was fifth in the 600. They joined up with two eighth-graders from Persell Middle School, Rachel Johnson and Jessica Haase, to take second in the 3,200 relay with a time of 11:03.7.
Johnson and Haase joined teammates Jenna Valone and Washington Middle School's Jenna Silzle to take fifth in the 1,600 relay.
Steven Nowell was fourth in the 50.
In the 3,200, Christian Edborg (10:58.5) and Jordan Johnson (11:16.0) took third and sixth place. They later joined up with teammates Patrick Walsh and Zachery Barnes to take second place in the 3,200 relay.
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Senior Ryan Salemme took sixth in the 1,000 (3:12.9)
Mike Watson took fifth in the 600 (1:39.3) while Da'Quan Hollingsworth took fourth in the 50. They then went on to score in the 300, Hollingsworth taking fourth and Watson fifth place behind teammate Henry Tapia's third. Tapia also took fifth in the 50.
The most exciting part of the meet was at the pole vault. After Mikayla Capestrani tied her personal best, sophomore Awsten Beaver earned applause with his winning, personal-record vault of 12-0.