Hazlitt earns top spot for Watkins Glen

By Tom Passmore

tpassmore@the-leader.com

UNION-ENDICOTT- Three local kids won state titles at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association track and field state meet at Union-Endicott on Friday in the first day of competition.

Jessica Lawson won the 3,000 meter with a time of 9:25.68, turning it on with a lap and a half to go, and she never looked back.

"I'm so happy, there were a lot of fast girls in the race," Lawson said. "Going in to the race my goal was to stay close to Kelsey (Chmiel), I never planned to kick at the end, but it always happens. I'm happy with the way it turned out."

Lawson finished a second ahead of Katherine Lee who had a time of 9:26.78 and the No. 1 seed Kelsey Chmiel who finished third (9:34.18).

Emily Niu posted a 23rd place finish in the 3,200 meter run with a time of 10:43.09.

Come-from-behind wins were the story of the day as Kevin Moshier (the ninth seed heading in to the race) jumped from 10th place to first place with a last lap sprint to come away with a win in the 3,200 meter run in 9:11.36.

"I knew that these guys come out here to run their best," Moshier said. "I knew that if I could stay with them I could have a kick at the end. It was exactly my plan to kick with the last 400 meters of the race. To come out here and to run to a state championship is amazing."

Elmira Notre-Dame's Matt Karee took home a 16th place finish in the 3,200 meter run in 9:38.92.

Watkins Glen's Patrick Hazlitt also netted a state title, finishing fourth in the 800 meter run with a time of 1:53.70, good enough to top division II with a kick in the final 150 meters.

"I'm extremely proud that everything was able to come together," Hazlitt said. "I knew I had to make a move at some point, I kicked as hard as I could and was able to pass the division II kid."

Elmira's 1,600 meter relay team of Agrienna Mathewson, Hannah Brooks, Claudette Belgrave and Audem Jackson broke a school record with a time of 4:01.51 and finished 11th in the prelims

Other local finishes included a 13th place finish from Cassidy Wilcox (Horseheads) in the shot put with a throw of 34'03.50", a 24th place finish from Alyssa Walker (Horseheads) in the 800 meter run in 2:19.47, an 11th place finish from Dan Fedor (Elmira) in the shot put with a throw of 45'06.25" and a 10th place finish in the discus (140'07"), Corning's 1,600 meter relay of Carrington Vaughn, Jack Larson, Alex Spicer and Isaac Cornfield took 12th in the prelims, Corning's Clayton Curtis took home 18th in the 110 meter hurdle prelims (16.71) and Hornell's 400 meter relay of DaeJoy Wright, Alyssa Delany, Emma Flaitz and Anna Flaitz took seventh in the prelims in 50.71.