Westminster’s Jordan Flowers and St. Pius X athletes Austin Sprague and Daniel Haugh were named Most Valuable Athletes on the boys’ team.
Flowers and Sprague won both the 1,600 and 3,200-meter runs in Class AA and AAA respectively, while Haugh claimed the shot put and discus in AAA at the boys’ state meet in Jefferson in early May.
Marist’s Kenneth Brinson (discus) was among the other athletes chosen for the boys’ team. Brinson won the AAAA discus at the boys’ state meet.
Westminster’s Sahara Fletcher was one of three athletes who won Most Valuable Runner awards for the girls’ team.
Fletcher won both the 800 and 1,600 in Class AA at the girls’ state meet in Albany May 11.
Marist’s Bailey Weiland was a girls’ team selection in the high jump. Weiland won the AAAA high jump at the state meet.
The Westminster and Marist coaching staffs were selected as All-Metro coaches for both the boys' and girls' teams.
Westminster coach Geoffrey Sudderth and his staff of Joe Tribble, Marty Wild, Kevin Horne, Jim Falcetti, Zach Darling and Kasey Clonts were tabbed for the boys’ team, while Sudderth, Sofia Walcott, Wild, Horne, Falcetti, Darling and Clonts were picked for the girls’ squad.
Sudderth and his staff led Westminster to both the boys' and girls’ team titles in AA.
Marist coach Gary Miller and his staff of Eric Heintz, Kevin Lisle, Dominik Demeritte, John Beatty, Father John Walls, Rick Damer, Olga Kirillova, Steven Green and Michael Greer were similarly honored after winning both the boys' and girls' AAAA championships -- the first state track team titles in school history.
"We are very fortunate to have an outstanding group of assistant coaches who helped these kids perform at their peak at just the right time," Marist coach Gary Miller said. "Every athlete we took to state [nine boys and 13 girls] either scored points or performed at their personal best that day. Again, I can't compliment the work of the assistant coaches enough."
St. Pius coach Ryan McClay and his staff of Mike Demerest, Kirk Miller, Jason Eaglen and Hillary Braxton were selected to the boys’ team after leading the Golden Lions to the AAA title.
“This was a fun year for me and my assistants,” McClay said. “We had a good group of kids to work with and the guys really made it a true team effort, scoring points in the field events, distance events, hurdles and relays. We had some good junior and senior leaders on this team, who set a great example and made it fun for the whole team.”