STATEN ISLAND - Corning had a successful day at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association state meet Saturday in Staten Island, earning multiple state medals and a crowning a state champion.
"It’s nice to not only bring a big group down here, but to have some of them bring home some hardware is special," Corning head coach Andrew Cartwright said.
Lindsey Butler shaved a full three seconds off of her seed time to win a state title in the 600 meter run. Butler finished the race in 1:30.00, setting a school record, a section record and a state meet record.
"It seems kind of unreal," said Butler. "I never really think of myself as a type of person to do that, I'm kind of in denial about it. I think I had the right mindset, I got second last year in outdoor and I didn't want to have that feeling again."
Corning's 4x800 relay that also included Butler along with Cleo Baker, Jayla Skeete and Claire Mason finished third with a time of 9:18.85, good enough for a state medal with a 10 second improvement on the previous sectional and school record.
"I'm really proud of all of them," Butler said of the relay. "We all really showed up and did everything we could."
The Hawks' 4x400 meter relay of Liz Casey, Emma Brown, Lauren Gerow and Carlotte Nevins finished eighth with a time of 4:06.17 and earned a state medal, breaking a school record without Butler.
"When you take one of the better girls in the state out of that, it matters," Cartwright said "The girls really stepped up. They broke the school record and made finals. It was a bit of a Cinderella story."
Otto Sutton, Bryce Derick, John Cleary and Steven Segal took sixth in the boys' 4x800 meter race in 8:07.09, good enough for a state medal.
Camden Zaidel of Corning was part of the intersectional relay that finished with a state medal that also included Matthew Stasiw and Nathan Wilsoncroft from Horseheads and Josh Nogaret (Unadilla Valley).
Other Corning finishers included J.T. Ryan in the 3,000-meter run (30th; 10:03.34), Angelea Collins (10th, 7:35.97) and Abby Perry (11th; 7:36.47) in the 1,500-meter racewalk, Litia Werner in the girls weight throw (21st; 40-07.50), Robert Mechalke in the boys shot put (45-03.00), Torrey Jacobson-Evans finished 14th in the boys 1,600-meter (4:28.55) the 4x400-meter relay of Clayton Vaughn, Harrison Lynch, Sutton and Kyle Zaidel finished 19th in the preliminary round (3:31.95).
Alyssa Walker from Elmira Notre Dame in the 1,000-meter run finished 17th (3:02.29) and took 13th in the 1,500-meter run (4:53.48).
For Horseheads, Juan Owen took 18th in the boys 1,000-meter run (2:37.43), Samantha Woodworth was 20th place in the girls 1,500-meter (4:59.33) and Kylan Wayman was 31st in the 55-meter hurdle prelims (8.25.).
For Elmira, Jhamir Brown took 19th in the triple jump (42-11.75), Lizzie Ostrander placed 24th in the girls 1,000-meter run (3:07.86) and Audem Jackson finished 19th in the 55-meter hurdle prelims (9.12).
Gabe Planty took 20th in the boys 1,600-meter for Watkins Glen with a time of 4:30.65.