MIDDLETOWN - With the postponement of the first day of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Track & Field Championships on Friday, Maple Grove High School's Christina Walter had an opportunity to catch a movie with her coach, Marcus Clark, and several other area athletes.
Walter, though, graciously declined.
''She told me she had a lot of homework,'' an amused Clark said. That was only fitting, because less than 24 hours later, Walter figuratively ''schooled'' her opposition.
Christina Walter of Maple Grove, middle, leads the way in the state Division 2 100 meters on Saturday in Middletown.
Photo by Tim Frank
Leading from start to finish, the junior sprinter successfully defended her 100-meter Division 2 title, posting a time of 12.20.
Later, in the Federation race, she did even better, running a blistering 11.98 - breaking her own school - and finishing second to Division 1 winner Kadecia Baird of Medgar Evers (11.74).
Not bad for a young lady who has been nursing a stress fracture in her left leg for much of the spring.
''I think it's a little surreal,'' Clark said Saturday night. ''If you would have seen the pain she was in a couple weeks ago. You could read it on her face. ... I kind of wrote her off as far as her going to states.''
Although she had to take two weeks off from competitive running, she continued to lift weights, did some water jogging and, last week, captured the Section 6 100-meter title at Pioneer Central School.
But Walter was only getting started.
With the state championships as her stage, she led from the start of her Division 2 final, beating the second-place finisher by two yards, Clark said, to break her own school mark.
In the Federation race, she was even better.
Sporting the fourth-fastest time entering that sprint, Walter was up to Baird's challenge.
''I've never seen her shoot out of the blocks like that,'' Clark said. ''It was incredible. I was up in the stands, she was in the lead and I thought she was going to win the race.
Walter's time was a blistering 11.98.
Baird's was 11.74.
''Never count her out,'' Clark said, ''because she loves the competition and she runs at the speed of whoever her competition is.''
As it stands now, Walter is on the ''fast track'' to reaching many of her goals.
She's already achieved four of them - returning from her injury, winning Division 2 states, placing higher in the Federation than she did a year ago and running under 12 seconds. And Clark likes her chances for the fifth.
''She'd like to run Division I, hopefully the Ivy League,'' Clark said.
Don't bet against her.
Last month Walter took her Scholastic Aptitude Test. Clark said she aced it.
''She's just goal-oriented, a planner and very mature for her age,'' Clark said. ''She values things.''
Especially a second straight 100-meter crown.
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MacKenzie Wright finished second in the triple jump and was the highest girls finisher for Falconer since Jackie Holmberg won the discus in 2006 .
Wright was second in the triple jump in Division 2 with a leap of 36 feet, inch and trailed only Cora Butler of New Paltz, who jumped 38-2. She was also 12th in the long jump (15-3).
Chris Doubek of Randolph placed third in Division 2 boys pole vault with a distance of 14 feet and teammate Zack Jackson ran a 1:59.55 in 800, but failed to qualify.
Also from Randolph, McKenna Maycock was third for the girls in the Division 2 400 hurdles (1:04.60) and eighth in the 100 hurdles (16:03).
McKenzie Swartzman, an eighth-grader from Frewsburg, placed seventh in the 1,500 (4:50.97) in Division 2.
Shaelyn Smith of Salamanca was ninth in the pentathlon with 2,447 points.
Brittany Feldman of Southwestern was sixth in the 400 (58.52), 11th in the high jump (4-11) and 18th in the 200 (26.46) in Division 2.
Jordan Powers of Southwestern placed sixth in Division 2 with a time of 57.61 while Mitchell Moore of Jamestown was eighth in Division 1 with a time of 56-flat.
The Salamanca 400 relay team comprised of Evan Harrington, Sal Seitz, Anibal Santiago and Tanner John was sixth in Division 2 with a school record of 44:19. Harrington was also 11th in boys 110 hurdles (15.84)
Corey Wefing of Maple Grove came in sixth in the boys Division 2 3,200 (9:36.83).
Josh Juenemann of Cattaraugus-Little Valley placed seventh in the 100 (11:19) of the boys Division 2.
Josh Panus of Olean was seventh in the Division 2 3,000 steeplechase with a clocking of 9:57.83.
In the boys Division 2 pentathlon, Trevin Barber of Allegany-Limestone came in fourth with 3,163 points.
Adam Pecherzewski of Olean was seventh in the boys Division 2 long jump (20-10).
Alex Elderkin of Frewsburg was 10th in the Division 2 high jump (6-2). Matt Civilette of Fredonia fouled and was disqualified.