August 24, 2009 - 8:00 PM
June 13, 2009 - 6:28 PM
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.
June 12, 2009 - 5:53 PM
CICERO -- It was a Section VI sweep in the discus today with Lancaster's Melissa Kurzdorfer (158 feet, 1 inch) taking first in Division I and Cleveland Hill's Taylor Eldridge (131-7) winning gold in Division II at the track and field state championships at Cicero-North Syracuse.
Kurzdorfer has bigger fish to fry Saturday where she'll gun for the state record in the shot put. Her coach said she has been throwing over 50 feet in practice. The state mark is 49-8 1/2 set by Cheryl Klein of Bellport in 1984.
In other action today:
-Amherst's Ashley Fields set a Section VI record in the qualifying round of the 200 meters at
23.88 seconds. She is seeded first for Saturday's final.
-Williamsville East's Kala Allen took third in the 400 with a time of 54.61.
-Maryvale's Mikayla Pearce placed fifth in the long jump (38-10 3/4).
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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Keith McShea has covered high school sports at The News since his hiring in 1999. The 1995 University at Buffalo graduate and Long Island native (North Babylon Bulldogs) covers — and live blogs — everything from scrimmages to state championships & helps head The News' All-Western New York selections.
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