Morrett, Minasi and Grogan Region III Champions for Generals
DELHI, NY – The Herkimer Generals Track & Field team totaled three individual regional championships and seven All-Region members last Friday (5/1) and Saturday (5/2) at SUNY Delhi, the host for the 2015 Region III Championship. It helped the men finish second overall, scoring 132 points for the program’s highest finish ever at regionals. As for the women, their 78 points captured third place.
Sam Morrett (Cohoes, NY) and Jack Minasi (Newport, NY) were the two men to achieve individual championships. Morrett repeated in the 3000-meter Steeplechase, finishing in 10:09.46 which was 20 seconds better than his 10:29.74 in 2014. The sophomore placed Top 5 in the event throughout the season, knocking off precious seconds with each meet.
Minasi had the most success of any General with one first team and two second team All-Region mentions. His first team and Region III Championship came in the long jump, leaping a season-best 6.70 meters. It was just better than teammate Devlen Williams (Syracuse, NY), giving Herkimer first and second place in the event for the first time all season. Minasi’s second team mentions came in the high jump and triple jump. His season-best 2.03m and 13.53m gave the sophomore second place in both events, only competing in the high jump a year ago where he reached 1.88m successfully.
Maxine Grogan (Herkimer, NY) was the lone female to win an individual championship, doing so in the javelin throw. The freshman only competed in the event three times all season, throwing a season-best 27.32 meters when she needed it most. Grogan’s best throw before that was 26.32 meters, giving her second place in that meet.
Victoria Campanian (Glenfield, NY) joined Grogan on the All-Region Team, finishing second in the 5000-meter Run. The sophomore was unable to repeat as a champion in both the 5000 meter and 10000 meter, posting a 19:37.01 and 39:59.80 in 2015.
Up next for the team is nationals which will again be hosted close to home at Mohawk Valley Community College. The Hawks will have team’s compete at D’Alessandro Stadium in Utica, NY from Thursday, May 7th till Saturday, May 9th. Herkimer will look to build off of the eight individual national championships they got one season ago.
Men 2nd Overall (132 Points)
100-meter Dash (3rd 11.25, 7th 11.32) Simmons, Cohen
200-meter Dash (6th 23.34, 8th 23.74) Simmons, Cohen
400-meter Dash (3rd 50.84, 5th 56.24) Moore, D. Thomas
800-meter Run (4th 2:09.94) Moore
1500-meter Run (4th 4:19.74, 7th 4:33.44) Morrett, Clayton
5000-meter Run (4th 16:52.34, 6th 17:21.74, 11th 20:07.84) Morrett, Clayton, Ashe
10000-Meter Run (3rd 34:33.67, 8th 36:58.53, 9th 40:56.18, 10th 41:19.57, 11th 41:55.21) Morrett, Clayton, Ashe, Tanner, LaPuma
110-meter Hurdles (7th 18.74) Potter
400-meter Hurdles (8th 1:01.74, 9th 1:02.54) Rideau, D. Thomas
3000-meter Steeplechase (1st 10:09.46) Morrett
4x100-meter Relay (3rd 43.64) D. Williams, Minasi, Rideau, Simmons
4x400-meter Relay (2nd 3:33.04) Moore, D. Thomas, Rideau, Simmons
4x800-meter Relay (3rd 9:48.96) LaPuma, Ashe, Tanner, Morrett
High Jump (2nd 2.03m, 4th 1.88m, 6th 1.73m) Minasi, D. Williams, Simmons
Pole Vault (6th 2.68m) Ciaccia
Long Jump (1st 6.70, 2nd 6.70m, 7th 6.07m, 8th 5.92m, 10th 5.68m, 11th 5.52m) Minasi, D. Williams, Rideau, Simmons, Ciaccia, Potter
Triple Jump (2nd 13.53m, 4th 12.79m, 5th 12.55m, 6th 12.48m) Minasi, Simmons, Rideau, Potter
Shot Put (3rd 12.39m, 4th 11.97m) Dones, Whitted
Discus Throw (4th 37.42m, 7th 30.45m, 11th 21.39m) Whitted, Dones, Ciaccia
Hammer Throw (6th 24.64m, 7th 24.59m) Whitted, Dones
Javelin Throw (5th 38.61m, 6th 37.86m, 9th 21.80m) Whitted, Dones, Ashe
Women 3rd Overall (78 Points)
100-meter Dash (7th 14.24, 8th 14.56) Murray, L. Charles
200-meter Dash (7th 30.24, 8th 30.54) Murray, L. Charles
400-meter Dash (7th 1:18.84, 8th 1:21.24) Yamamoto, Inose
800-meter Run (5th 2:56.94, 6th 3:12.14) Shimoda, Inose
5000-meter Run (2nd 19:37.01, 5th 22:15.84, 9th 23:37.54) Campanian, Shimoda, Kimura
10000-meter Run (3rd 39:59.80, 6th 47:19.84) Campanian, Kimura
100-meter Hurdles (4th 18.34) Therrien
400-meter Hurdles (6th 1:26.74) Therrien
3000-meter Steeplechase (3rd 11:54.64) Campanian
4x100-meter Relay (4th 5:09.84) L. Charles, Kimura, Shimoda, Yamamoto
4x800-meter Relay (4th 11:46.24) Kimura, Campanian, Shimoda, Inose
High Jump (3rd 1.34m, 5th 1.24m) Therrien, L. Charles
Pole Vault (6th 1.71m) Nowack
Long Jump (6th 4.22m, 8th 3.96m) Therrien, L. Charles
Triple Jump (5th 8.99m) Therrien
Shot Put (3rd 8.99m, 8th 7.81m) Murray, Grogan
Discus Throw (6th 21.28m, 7th 20.84m) Murray, Grogan
Hammer Throw (5th 25.40m) Therrien
Javelin Throw (1st 27.32m, 7th 19.69m, 9th 17.10m) Grogan, Nowack, Therrien