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Saturday, June 13, 2015: Records fall on first day of state track meet

   Leading off today: Izaiah Brown's third straight state Division I championship in the boys 400 meters was easily his most impressive.

   The Amsterdam senior's winning time of 46.40 seconds at SUNY Albany shattered a meet record that stood 27 years -- James O'Neill's Reggie Harris went :46.79 in 1988. Boys and Girls senior Richard Rose was a strong but clearly beaten second in :47.03.

   The girls meet record in the 400 meters also came tumbling down. Rush-Henrietta sophomore Sammy Watson clocked :52.69 to lower her own Section 5 record and also move to No. 2 on the national season list.

   "It's exciting,'' Watson told the Democrat and Chronicle. "I take every race like anything can happen. I can get too comfortable and someone can come out of nowhere (to win instead). My coach and my mother say I should have fun with it, but be competitive. I am having fun. I like the 400."

   Watson and older sister Ceara Watson, a senior, ran legs on Rush-Henrietta's Division I NYSPHSAA state champion 1,600 relay that crushed the Section 5 record in 3:43.94. The previous mark was 3:47.65. Tori Thompson and Lanae-Tava Thomas, who ran the opening two legs, were also part of the R-H 400 relay quartet that set yet another sectional record (:47.74) while winning NYSPHSAA gold and placing second overall to Medgar Evers (:47.79) of the PSAL.

   Another girls meet mark fell in the 800 meters as Suffern sophomore Kamryn McIntosh won in 2:05.63.

   A few more notes from the opening day of the two-day meet:

    • Holy Names junior Leah Moran, who won the girls Division II triple jump while representing Stillwater, repeated with a distance of 40-0.

    • Strategy trumped speed in the boys 3,200, and Bryce Millar of Fayetteville-Manlius won in 9:18.61, far off his second-place time on 9:04.28 in the 2014 meet.

    • With Corning rival Jessica Lawson sidelined by injury, Bella Burda improved upon her second-place showing in the 3,000 a year ago to win in 9:38.14.

   Farrell wins CHSAA title: Sophomore Vincent Zappulla threw a 123-pitch complete game as Monsignor Farrell won its first CHSAA Intersectional baseball championship with a 4-2 win over Salesian to capture the best-of-three series 2-1.

   The Lions struggled to an 11-7 record during the regular season and repeatedly faced elimination situations in the playoffs with a staff primarily consisting of sophomore pitchers. And even Friday's finale provided drama: Salesian loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the seventh, but Farrell shortstop Mark Mandala made a diving stab of a liner to the hole to start a season-capping 6-5 double play.

   "It's been a long wait, but the wait's been worth it," Farrell coach Bob Mulligan told The Advance. "I feel wonderful, and I feel great for the kids."


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  •    Big honor for Hartranft: Farmingdale boys coach Bob Hartranft, 73, has been selected for the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame's Class of 2015 and will be inducted Oct. 24 in Hunt Valley, Md.

       Hartranft's teams have won 13 Section 8 championships as well as a NYSPHSAA championship in 2011. He's won 694 games in 47 seasons and reached three state finals.

       "It's shocking and kind of overwhelming. It hasn't sunk in yet," Hartranft told Newsday. "It's not something you'd ever give any thought to. It's an elite club for guys who played the game."

       Hartranft ranks third in the country in boys career victories behind Hall of Famers Mike Messere (803) of West Genesee and retired Ward Melville and Mount Sinai coach Joe Cuozzo (747).

       On the move: Former Christ the King basketball star Sierra Calhoun is transferring to Ohio State. The freshman guard left the Duke women's basketball program in January.

       Calhoun was also considering St. John's.

       "It hasn't been stressful or anything," Calhoun told the Brooklyn Daily. "I've just been excited to figure out where I am going to go and where I am going to start off the next chapter in my life and college career. I'm just happy to be going to Ohio State."

       Calhoun will redshirt the upcoming season and have three seasons of eligibility remaining beginning in 2016–17.

       Calhoun started all 13 games for Duke and was averaging 10.1 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists before leaving school between semesters.

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