Ashley Fields stole the show on the girls’ side of the state track and field championships on Saturday.
The Amherst sophomore captured four golds -- two each in Division I and Federation. She broke her own Section VI record in the 200 meters with a time of 23.66. In that race, Fields made an improbable comeback on Columbus’ Whitney Fountain, who was a good five strides ahead of Fields with 50 meters to go.
With two years of high school still to go, Fields is the fastest girl in the state. “I was expecting this in maybe my junior or senior year,” Fields said. “Before this season, I was hoping to set PR’s and break school records -- not even the section record. I never would have thought I’d be a state champion in the 100 and the 200.”
Be sure to check out tomorrow’s paper for more on Fields’ miraculous day.
As Fields caught her breath and soaked in a refreshing breeze from the mist fan near the finish line after winning the 100, she saw Nichols’ Adele Jackson-Gibson in the corner of her eye. Fields walked over and fist-bumped her fellow Section VI sprinter.
That’s because Jackson-Gibson made it a sweep for Section VI in the 100-meter dash. The senior, who will run track and play soccer at Yale next fall, defended her Division II title with a time of 12.54.
“I wanted to hold my title from last year and didn’t want to step off the mat,” Jackson-Gibson said. “I just had to focus and relax and not freak out at the end.”
Williamsville South freshman Kailyn Arcury finished second in the 100 hurdles in Division I (14.23) and Federation (14.00).
“My goal was to get in the top three,” said Arcury, catching her breath afterward. “I had to keep my trailer going and not hit a hurdle.”
Arcury has plenty of good years ahead of her too as a freshman. She’s light on her feet and really motors between hurdles.
Kala Allen (Williamsville East) finished third in the Federation 400 (54.86) — she set a section record in the event the night before.
Melissa Kurzdorfer (Lancaster) won the Division I shot put (47-9), Federation shot put (48-3) and Federation discus (158-9), as Lockport’s Erin Miller earned second in the Federation shot put (44-0).
Kurzdorfer was shooting for the 50-foot barrier heading in. She wasn’t able to nail it, but still comes home with plenty of hardware.
Taylor Eldridge (Cleveland Hill) placed first in the Division II shot put (42-0). She entered the day ranked second in the event, but pulled the upset.
East Aurora’s 3,200-meter relay team of Marta McLaughlin, Erin Holbrook, Ashley Beyer and Kirsten Weberg won the Federation title at 9:21.69. Pretty impressive, considering it’s a Division II school.
Lew-Port's Jenna VanDusen set a school record in the pole vault (10-6).
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Our list of locals and their results are posted here.
For the complete breakdown of the state meet, go to the results page at leonetiming.com.
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