UNION-ENDICOTT- Corning's Kevin Moshier earned his second state title in two days with a win in the 1,600 meter final on Saturday at the New York Sate Public High School Athletic Association State Tournament in Union-Endicott.
"This has been the plan since day one," Moshier said. "Doubling in the 3,200 meter and the 1,600 meter, nobody from Corning has ever achieved this goal and it means the world to me that I did it. I'd like to thank my coaches more than anyone to bring me out, to be able to help me peak at this point and to be able to win both races."
Moshier finished with a time of 4:12.81, kicking past Christopher Tibbetts of Sachem North (who had a time of 4:13.14) in the final stretch.
"My goal was to stick back, stay comfortable for the first three laps and to see what I could do at the end," said Moshier. "I didn't really think I had much in me, but I had to find another gear, and I found it somewhere and kicked it in at the end."
Jessica Lawson settled with a second place finish in the 1,500 meter, but had a personal record, after her state title in the 3,200 meter on Friday.
Lawson finished with a time of 4:22.38, behind North Rockland's Katelyn Tuohy who posted a time of 4:18.51.
"I'm happy with it (the second place finish)," said Lawson. "My time was good and I had a PR (personal record). I tried to pick it up with about 500 meters to go, but she matched my kick."
Other Corning finishers on Saturday included Quinn Nicholson, who ran to an 18th place finish in the 3,000 meter steeplechase (10:07.80), Moshier, Dan Gahagan, Jon Cleary and Bryce Derrick finished sixth in the boys 3,200 meter relay (7:57.08), Lawson, Cleo Baker, Emily Niu and Claire Mason took seventh in the girls 3,200 meter relay (9:18.58).
Elmira Notre Dame's Matt Karee ran to an 11th place finish in Division II for the 1600 (4:29.58). In the Federation he was 21st out of 32 runners.
“Matt got boxed in on the start and was unable to break out until the last lap. We’re all very proud of the season he has had – 2 meet records, 2 school records, 2 races at the state meet, and a medalist in one of them. It has been a pleasure for us to work with him this season,” Notre Dame head coach Chris Wise said