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Sunday, June 8, 2014: Wild finish to boys steeplechase championship

   Leading off today: Arguably the best race of the weekend in the state track meet at Cicero-North Syracuse had the most disappointing ending for a top athlete.

   "Well, I ran a good 2,990 meters. The last 10 were pretty rough," Corning senior John McCarthy told the Press & Sun-Bulletin after stumbling on the final barrier Saturday.

   What had moments earlier looked like a bell-lap rally into a potential meet record in the steeplechase turned into a second-place showing for McCarthy, who came into the meet with the nation's No. 1 time this spring.

   McCarthy demonstrated a big kick to pass Hilton senior Tyler Ranke with about 65 meters to go and was pulling away until the spill ion the final barrier sent him to the ground, scraping up both knees. McCarthy regained his composure and charged toward the finish line, but Ranke sling-shotted by to win in 9:11.24. McCarthy was second in 9:12.10.

   "I guess I just launched a little too late and as my lead leg was coming up I just kind of kicked the underside of it instead of clearing it," McCarthy said. "Another two inches back maybe I get over it, but that's just the risk of the race."

   Ranke, who finished second in the Federation race last year, had his own issues on the last lap of the race. His kick wasn't shaking McCarthy, and Ranke could sense trouble was close behind by the roar of the crowd.

   "I almost ate it on that barrier (about 100 from the finish)," Ranke told the Democrat and Chronicle. "If I didn't make it, that would've been the end of me."

   In another exciting Division I boys final, Tappan Zee's Luke Gavigan (4:07.82) made a big charge on the bell lap of the 1,600 and edged Mike Brannigan of Northport (4:07.84). It gave the junior both a personal best and an indoor/outdoor sweep of the event this year.    "It's great," Gavigan told The Journal News. "I can't ask for anything more."

   The home-section track was kind to Kylee Bartlett. The Altmar-Parish-Williamstown junior set a Section 3 record with 3,337 points to win the girls pentathlon. She placed first in the high hurdles and the high jump, building a comfortable lead to comfortably survive a dazzling 2:18.22 800 meters by Randolph's McKenna Maycock, who took second overall in the five-event discipline.

   The full rundown of boys results and girls results is now available in our reference section.

   Very impressive: Massapequa scored 12 straight goals beginning late in the first quarter and dominated Fayetteville-Manlius 16-2 in the NYSPHSAA boys Class A lacrosse final at Hofstra University. It gave the Chiefs their first state crown in the sport.

   "It's a great thing to make history for a school like this," senior midfielder Craig Berge told Newsday. "For a town like Massapequa, which has a great lacrosse community, it's kind of surprising that this is our first one."

   Senior attack Ian Kirby scored three goals in two minutes and assisted on Nick Yevoli's goal as Massapequa turned a 6-2 halftime advantage into a rout. Two of Yevoli's three goals on the day came in a 6-0 fourth quarter when Massapequa scored four times in 3:35. Phil Brady won 16 of 19 draws on the day.

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  •    In the other championships, Yorktown edged Jamesville-DeWitt 10-9 in Class B for its first title in 11 years and Bronxville downed Cazenovia 13-10 in Class C for its first trophy.

       Late heroics: Senior Molly Wood, held scoreless throughout the game, dug the ball out of a mosh pit of players in front of the Cold Spring Harbor net, gathered the rebound and scored with :02 left to lead Skaneateles to a 12-11 win in the NYSPHSAA girls Class C championship game in Cortland.

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       "It landed right at my feet," Wood told The Citizen. "I didn't even look at the goal, I just kind of threw it. I didn't know how much time was left."

       The Lakers last won state titles in 2005 and 2006. They have lost in the finals four times, including last year.

       "They're all special," coach Bridget Marquardt said. "This one just seems long overdue."

       Tournament MVP Hannah Powers, named the tournament MVP, finished with five goals in the win.

       "I know everyone on our team wanted to win a state championship," Powers said. "This is, by far, the best group of girls I've ever played with."

       Cold Spring Harbor led 7-5 at the half, but Powers scored three times in less than three minutes to make it an 8-8 game, and the lead changed hands twice more before Powers tied it again with 8:37 to play.

       In the other finals, West Genesee defeated West Islip 15-10 in Class A and Manhasset topped Victor 11-7 in Class B.

       Good sports: Honesty cost North Attleborough (Mass.) High a state track and field championship last week.

       North Attleborough coaches and athletes left the state Division 2 meet Sunday thinking they had edged Lawrence Central Catholic by one point. But when coach Derek Herber examined the results more closely Monday, he found the Rocketeers had been awarded eight points for a second-place finish in the 110-meter hurdles, when they should have received only two points for seventh place.

       Herber's AD relayed the information to the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association. The six-point swing dropped North Attleborough to third place.

       More Monday: I've saved some notes from baseball and softball and will be back Monday with more news and information from the weekend.

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