Region III Championship for women, second place for men at Delhi

(Shannon Shirley placed first in the 100-meter dash on Saturday, posting a 13.67).

(Christopher Simmons placed first in the 100-meter dash on Saturday, posting a 11.42).

(Tyrique Rideau placed first in the javelin on Saturday, throwing 40.78 meters).

DELHI, NY – Combining for 15 individual regional championships on Saturday (4/30) at SUNY Delhi, the Herkimer Generals Track & Field program saw the women place first and the men place second in the region after 35 total events.

Helping the women to their sixth Region III Championship was an overall effort, placing first or second in all but three events, helping them to 248 points. Shannon Shirley (Bronx, NY) – who was named Region III Female Track Athlete of the Meet - led the way with three championships in the 100-meter, 200-meter and 4x100-meter relay. The freshman placed first in the 100 (13.67), 200 (27.74) and 4x100 (55.77). Helping Shirley in the 4x100 was Gabrielle Bridgewater (Fort Plain, NY), Katrina Murray (Rochester, NY) and LuAisha Charles (Middletown, NY).

Bridgewater, Murray and Katicia Sakona (Corning, NY) followed Shirley with two individual championships. Bridgewater placed first in the 400-meter hurdles (1:17.62) and 4x100 relay, Murray placed first in the 4x100 and discus throw (24.83m) and Sakona placed first in the long jump (4.36m) and triple jump (9.05m).  

Getting one individual championship was Charles. She was the second leg of the 4x100 relay.

As for the men, they placed first or second in 12 events. Capturing six individual championships was Christopher Simmons (Utica, NY), helping the sophomore to Region III Male Track Athlete of the Meet. Simmons placed first in the 100 (11.42), 200 (23.07), 400 (50.69), 4x100 (43.96), 4x400 (3:31.48) and triple jump (13.54m). Joining Simmons in the 4x100 was Jhamel Cohen (Brooklyn, NY), Adrian Young (Newburgh, NY) and Tyrique Rideau (Westchester, NY). As for the 4x400, that group swapped out Young for Demetrius Moore (Cleveland, OH).

Manda and Rideau were the other two athletes to place first in an event. Manda did so in the 800-meter run, posting a 2:06.49. As for Rideau, he did it in the javelin, watching the captain reach 40.78 meters.

The team will ride the momentum gained over the weekend to nationals, which begins on Friday, May 6th. The new host in 2016 for the three-day meet is Westfield State University (MA) after Mohawk Valley Community College hosted the past couple seasons. The Generals have many student-athletes – male and female - who are in the top 10 in the nation in a specific event. The program will look to improve from 2015 where they had no national champions. Events are expected to begin at 9 a.m. EST every day of the national tournament.

Men: 2nd Overall (172 Points)

100-meter Dash (1st 11.42, 5th 12.01) Simmons, Cohen

200-meter Dash (1st 23.07, 9th 24.84) Simmons, Young

400-meter Dash (1st 50.69, 5th 52.34, 6th 53.12) Simmons, Moore, Manda

800-meter Run (1st 2:06.49, 6th 2:16.92) Manda, Clayton

1500-meter Run (4th 4:55.80) Clayton

5000-meter Run (4th 17:35.29) Clayton

110-meter Hurdles (2nd 20.24) Gibbs Jr.

400-meter Hurdles (2nd 1:02.16, 5th 1:10.43, 6th 1:13.94) Rideau, Gibbs Jr., Clouthier

3000-meter Steeplechase (2nd 11:28.40, 5th 13:41.27, 6th 14:30.29) Clayton, Parker, Clouthier

4x100-meter Relay (1st 43.96) Cohen, Young, Rideau, Simmons

4x400-meter Relay (1st 3:31.48) Cohen, Moore, Manda, Simmons

4x800-meter Relay (3rd 9:21.85) Clayton, Manda, Simmons, Moore

High Jump (3rd 1.75m) Simmons

Long Jump (2nd 6.69m, 5th 5.38m) Simmons, Cohen

Triple Jump (1st 13.54m, 3rd 10.47m, 4th 9.94m) Simmons, Gibbs Jr., Garcia

Shot Put (4th 9.56m, 5th 9.29m) Young, Bledsoe

Discus Throw (6th 25.86m, 7th 22.76m, 9th 21.77m) Cohen, Young, Bledsoe

Hammer Throw (3rd 21.24m, 4th 20.73m, 7th 14.27m) Cohen, Young, Arnold

Javelin Throw (1st 40.78m, 8th 31.26m, 10th 29.69m) Rideau, Moore, Garcia

Women: 1st Overall (248 Points)

100-meter Dash (1st 13.67, 3rd 14.42, 4th 14.43) Shirley, Bridgewater, Murray

200-meter Dash (1st 27.74, 3rd 30.86, 4th 32.70) Shirley, Murray, L. Charles

400-meter Dash (3rd 1:04.73, 6th 1:19.18, 7th 1:19.99) Shirley, Sakona, L. Charles

800-meter Run (4th 2:44.41, 8th 4:20.09) Bridgewater, H. Charles

100-meter Hurdles (2nd 18.44, 3rd 20.06, 5th 22.80) Therrien, Bridgewater, Murray

400-meter Hurdles (1st 1:17.62, 2nd 1:22.85, 3rd 1:28.64) Bridgewater, Shirley, Murray

4x100-meter Relay (1st 55.77) Bridgewater, Murray, L. Charles, Shirley

4x400-meter Relay (2nd 5:03.06) L. Charles, Bridgewater, Therrien, Shirley

4x800-meter Relay (2nd 14:16.18) L. Charles, Therrien, Shirley, Bridgewater

High Jump (2nd 1.41m, 3rd 1.36m, 5th 1.21m) Therrien, Bridgewater, L. Charles

Long Jump (1st 4.36m, 2nd 4.27m, 4th 3.92m) Sakona, Bridgewater, Therrien

Triple Jump (1st 9.05m, 2nd 8.89m, 4th 8.01m) Sakona, Therrien, L. Charles

Shot Put (2nd 9.21m, 3rd 8.70m, 4th 8.68m) Bridgewater, Murray, Therrien

Discus Throw (1st 24.83m, 3rd 19.51m, 7th 14.21m) Murray, Therrien, Fitzpatrick

Hammer Throw (2nd 25.58m, 3rd 16.92m, 4th 12.25m) Therrien, L. Charles, Fitzpatrick

Javelin Throw (4th 22.84m, 5th 22.30m, 8th 12.96m) Therrien, Bridgewater, Murray

-Giorgio Varlaro

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