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Track & Field travels to Under the Lights Invitational

MANSFIELD, PA – 11 days removed from their last competition, the Herkimer Generals track & field program traveled to Mansfield University (PA) on Saturday (4/23) for the Under the Lights Invitational.

In total, the program competed in 20 events. The men did 13 of those - while the women did seven – compiling 12 top 10 finishes in the process. Getting three of those individually was Christopher Simmons (Utica, NY). The sophomore didn’t beat any of his personal bests on the season, but did place third in the 100-meter dash (11.11), fourth in the 400-meter dash (51.38) and second in the triple jump (13.40m). No other male had as many top finishes as Simmons, seeing Demetrius Moore (Cleveland, OH) place fifth in the 400-meter dash (51.85), Kenwyn Gibbs Jr. (Brooklyn, NY) place 10th in 400-meter hurdles, Norman Clayton (Bronx, NY) place eighth in the 10,000-meter run (37:40.22) and Tyrique Rideau (Westchester, NY) place 10th in the javelin throw (38.04m).

In relays for the men, Jhamel Cohen (Brooklyn, NY), Adrian Young (Newburgh, NY), Rideau and Simmons combined to run for fifth place in the 4x100-meter relay 945.44), then Rideau, Young, Moore and Simmons got ninth in the 4x400-meter relay (3:43.58).

As for the women, Shannon Shirley (Bronx, NY) has another solid performance in consecutive meets. The freshman placed eight in the 200-meter dash (27.46), then paired with Gabrielle Bridgewater (Fort Plain, NY), Lu-Aisha Charles (Middletown, NY) and Katicia Sakona (Corning, NY) to place third overall in the 4x100-meter relay. The group posted a 58.90.

The last top finish came from Sakona. The freshman leaped 4.90 meters in the long jump, helping her to sixth place.

The final week of the season will be busy for the track & field program. On Sunday (4/24), a couple student-athletes will travel Syracuse, NY to compete in the Region III decathlon and heptathlon at Westhill High School. Two days later the entire program will travel to Ithaca College on Tuesday (4/26). Events are slated to begin at 9 a.m. on Sunday and 3 p.m. on Tuesday.


100-meter Dash (3rd 11.11, 12th 11.82, 17th 12.25, 18th 12.29, 20th 12.45, 21st 12.57) Simmons, Cohen, Hartwell, Bryant, Clouthier, Garcia

200-meter Dash (14th 23.75, 18th 24.00, 29th 25.80, 30th 25.97, 31st 26.14, 33rd 26.39, 34th 27.81) Cohen, Young, Hartwell, Gibbs Jr., Parker, Clouthier, Moreno

400-meter Dash (4th 51.38, 5th 51.85, 7th 52.48, 15th 55.28, 21st 1:00.09, 23rd 1:04.57) Simmons, Moore, Manda, Young, Parker, Moreno

800-meter Run (22nd 2:36.67) Arnold

100000-meter Run (8th 37:40.22, 10th 47:21.20) Clayton, Parker

400-meter Hurdles (10th 1:06.92) Gibbs Jr.

4x100-meter Relay (5th 45.44) Cohen, Rideau, Young, Simmons

4x400-meter Relay (9th 3:43.58) Rideau, Young, Moore, Simmons

Long Jump (12th 5.92m, 17th 5.60m, 20th 5.32m, 22nd 4.92m, 23rd 4.68m) Simmons, Clayton, Bryant, Strickland, Hartwell

Triple Jump (2nd 13.40m, 7th 10.99m) Simmons, Hartwell

Shot Put (15th 8.43m, 16th 7.88m, 17th 7.50m) Bryant, Bledsoe, Strickland

Discus Throw (18th 22.69m, 19th 22.54m, 21st 20.47m, 23rd 18.20m) Bledsoe, Young, Cohen, Strickland

Javelin Throw (10th 38.04m, 16th 30.57m, 18th 29.61m, 19th 28.88m, 21st 26.46, 22nd 26.27m, 24th 25.28m, 26th 23.54m, 27th 22.73m, 28th 18.46m, 29th 12.30m) Rideau, Moore, Arnold, Garcia, Srrickland, Cohen, Clouthier, Bryant, Parker, Gibbs, Bledsoe


100-meter Dash (12th 15.32, 13th 16.72) Sakona, H. Charles

200-meter Dash (8th 27.46, 29th 31.86) Shirley, L. Charles

4x100-meter Relay (3rd 58.90) Shirley, Bridgewater, L. Charles, Sakona

Long Jump (6th 4.90m, 3.71m) Sakona, L. Charles

Shot Put (14th 6.84m, 16th 6.49m) H. Charles, Fitzpatrick

Discs Throw (14th 17.60m, 18th 14.27m) Fitzpatrick, H. Charles

Javelin Throw (15th 12.18m) Shirley

Next Meet: 4/24 at Onondaga Community College 9 a.m.

-Giorgio Varlaro

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