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SOUTHERN TIER SPORTS REPORT: LAWSON HEADLINES ALL-STSR GIRLS' T&F ALL-STAR TEAM (2022-06-17)

By Brian Fees
Southern Tier Sports Report
Sarah Lawson brought home a state medal this year, and she headlines the first All-Southern Tier Sports Report Girls Track and Field all-star team.

Lawson is the overall track and field athlete of the year. She was undefeated in the 3000 meters in the STAC West. She was a state medalist in the 3000, taking sixth in D1 states and seventh in the Federation race with a time of 9:56.99 this year.

Lawson was also part of the 4x800 relay team that qualified for states. She didn’t run the race at states, after running the 3000 the day before, but she was part of the team’s journey to states.

While Lawson is the overall athlete of the year, Elmira’s Ana (Vicky) Mordvinova is the track athlete of the year.

Mordvinova set the Elmira school record in the 800 (2:14.12) and won the 800 at the STAC meet, Class A sectional meet and the state qualifier. She was eighth in D1 at states.

The Elmira standout won the 1500 at the Fast Time Invitational and won the state qualifier and took 13th at states in 4:36.57. She also won the 3000 meters at the Blue Shoes Invite.

Notre Dame’s Makenna Keough is the field athlete of the year. She was a state qualifier in the 100 hurdles and triple jump. She won the 100 hurdles at the state qualifier in 16.00 and she took second in the triple jump, with a state standard, of 35-feet, 5-inches. She was also second in the long jump at the state qualifier at 16-feet, 6-inches. She took eighth in states in the 100 hurdles.

Corning’s Faithe Ketchum, Lauren Gerow, Julia Hluck and Cristina Gaskievicz make up the relay of the year as the four led the school’s 3200 relay to a D1 state medal and a federation medal. The Hawks were fifth in D1 and eighth in the federation in 9:34.11.

Corning’s Sophia ReSue is the newcomer of the year. ReSue helped lead Corning to a state medal in the 1600 relay and she was also a state qualifier in the high jump, with a tip jump on the year of 5-feet, 3-inches.

Corning coach Joe Melanson and the other Corning coaches are the coaching staff of the year. The Hawks won the STAC and Section 4, Class A team titles this year.

GIRLS ALL-STSR TEAM
Overall T&F Athlete of the Year:
Sarah Lawson, Corning
Field Athlete of the year: Makenna Keough, ND
Track Athlete of the year: Ana (Vicky) Mordvinova, Elmira
Relay of the year: Corning 4x800 relay (Faithe Ketchum, Lauren Gerow, Julia Hluck, Cristina Gaskievicz)
Newcomer of the year: Sophia Resue, Corning
Coach of the year: Joe Melanson, Corning

FIRST TEAM
Sarah Lawson, Corning (Was undefeated in the 3000 meters in STAC West. State medalist in the 3000 meters. Ran 9:56.99 to finish seventh in the Federation and 6th overall in D1 states).

Vicky Mordvinova, Elmira (Set Elmira school record in the 800 (2:14.12). Won the 800 at the STAC meet, Class A sectional meet and state qualifiers. Was 8th in D1 at states. In the 1500 was first at the Fast Time Invitational and won the state qualifiers and took 13th at states in 4:36.57. In the 3000 meters she won the Blue Shoes Invitational).

Faithe Ketchum, Corning (State medalist in the 4x800 relay, took fifth in D1 and 8th in Federation in 9:34.11. Leadoff runner on the 4x400 relay that medaled at states (in 4:10.18) and anchor of 4x800 relay.)

Sophia ReSue, Corning
(Didn’t lose in high jump in STAC west. Qualified for states and nationals in high jump. Had a high of 5-feet, 3-inches this year. State qualifier in the 4x400 relay and part of the state medal winning relay).

Lauren Gerow, Corning (Part of state medal winning 4x800 relay at states, part of 4x400 relay that medaled at states, state qualifier in 400 hurdles in states. Won Section 4 title in 400 hurdles in 1:06.78).

Tess Eisner, Horseheads (State qualifier in the triple jump. No. 1 in Section 4 D1 in the long jump. Top jump of 16-feet, 11 3/4-inches).

Brenna O’Brien, Horseheads (State qualifier in the 100 hurdles. Tops in Section 4 D1 with a time of 16.63. Top time of 16.61 this year.).

Piper Hooey, Elmira (Took first in the triple jump at the Fast Times Invitational. Was third in the STAC meet and first in the Class A sectional meet and made states, winning D1 and taking third overall at the state qualifier. At the state meet had a PR jumping 34-10. Also ran the 4x400 relay for Elmira).

Natasia Reynolds, Elmira (Won the discus at the Fast Times Invite and Blue Shoes Invite. Was second at the Class A meet and sixth at STACs. Made states winning D1 at the state qualifier).

Makenna Keough, Notre Dame (State qualifier in the 100 hurdles and triple jump. Won the 100 hurdles at the state qualifier in 16.00. 2nd in the LJ at state qualifiers at 16-6. Jumped 35-5 in the triple jump at states, hitting the state standard to make states. Took 8th at states in D2 in the 100 hurdles.

Amanda Simpson, Notre Dame (State medalist as part of the 4xr00 relay. State qualifier in the 400. Won the state qualifier in 58.61. Had the top time at state qualifier, between all classes, in 4:10.63).

Rachael Simpson, Notre Dame (State medalist as part of the 4xr00 relay. Took fourth overall, 3rd in D2, in the 800 at the state qualifier in 2:22.12. Had the top time at state qualifier, between all classes, in 4:10.63).

SECOND TEAM
Megan Kirk, Corning (State qualifier in the 400 meters and the 4x400 relay. Division 1 Section 4 champion in the 400 in 1:02.18. Part of 4x400 relay that medaled at states).

Leila Ianovici, Corning (Second in STAC all season in the 400 hurdles. Qualified for nationals in the 400 hurdles.)

Olivia Grinnell, Corning (State qualifier in the steeplechase. Won the steeplechase all season in STAC West meets, finished in 7:53.29 at states).

Alexus Borek, Horseheads (First in 3 STAC West contests during the year in the 400 hurdles. Top time of 1:11.29 as an eighth grader).

Zalayna Brown, Elmira (Won the 100 hurdles for Elmira at the Fast Times Invite. Took third at the STAC meet and second at the Class A sectional meet. During the class met hit her knee on the hurdle, cut it open and needed to have it glued, but still took second).

Piper Young, Notre Dame (State medalist as part of the 4x400 relay. Took fifth in D2 at the state qualifier in the 800 in 2:26.10. Took third in D2 in the 1500 at the state qualifier in 5:10.71. Had the top time at state qualifier, between all classes, in 4:10.63).

Leila Vargas, Notre Dame (State medalist as part of the 4x400 relay. Had the top time at state qualifier, between all classes, in 4:10.63).

Cristina Gaskievicz, Corning
(5th in D1 and 8th in federation in the 3200 relay. Runner-up at state qualifier in the 3000 meters in 10:44.37).

Julia Hluck, Corning (Eighth place in federations and 5th in state in D1 in the 3200 relay for Corning).

Josie Burleigh, Edison (IAC Pentathlon champion. Had a PR of 1,984 at the state qualifiers, fifth in D2).

Emily Evans, Edison (Season best throws of 30-feet, 9 3/4-inches in the shot and 88-feet, 7-inches in the discus. Scored points at every meet through sectionals for Edison).

Maura Heraghty, Edison
(Won IAC small-schools in the steeplechase in 8:36.68).

Eleanor Green, ND (Took 2nd in the 100 at the class sectional meet (13.16) and 7th in the triple jump (32-feet, 3 3/4-inches)).
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IN TOP PHOTO: Corning's Sarah Lawson.


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