By Terry Heslink
The New York State Public High School Athletic Association indoor track & field championships are this weekend at Cornell University and the Jamestown Red Raiders will be well-represented.
''We are sending our most athletes,''said Coach Steve Sipior, who will have nine competing at Barton Hall, beginning Saturday.
Mikayla Capestrani, Sarah Garvin and Summer Haight represent the girls while Da'Quon Hollingworth, brothers Henry and Kevin Tapia, Austen Beaver and Kivanne Serrano along with alternate Iziala Rahim represent the boys.
Capestrani was seeded fifth and was tied with three other girls in the state in the pole vault with a school record height of 11 feet, 3 inches. She posted that mark in winning the pole vault last weekend in the Section 6 championships at SUNY Fredonia.
''I would say Mikayla might have our best shot at winning a medal,'' said Sipior. There are six medals given for the top six public school athletes overall and six more presented to the Federation, which is comprised of Catholic and private schools.
Last year, Capestrani, a senior, went to the states as a long jumper.
Haight, also a senior, won the 55 hurdles at Fredonia with a personal best of 8.60, 5/100ths of a second off the Jamestown school record. The record was set by Sierra Simon with an 8.55 last year.
Garvin, a freshman, placed second at Fredonia in the 300 with a clocking of 43.9l.
''She will have to race a great race to earn a medal," said Sipior.
Hollingworth, also a senior who is seeded 22nd, is making his second trip to the states after recording a second-place finish of 6.68 in the 55 dash at Fredonia. That tied his personal best. Hollingworth has sights set on the Jamestown school record of 6.64 set by Scott Limberg in 2001
The 800 relay was a surprise to Sipior and his staff as they came in first with an 8:51.52 at Fredonia to qualify for the states. Henry and Kevin Tapia, along with Beaver and Serrano, make up the team, which is seeded 12th. Rahim is the alternate.
The girls get the state meet under way at 9 a.m. followed by the boys at 2 p.m.