CICERO — Hannibal, Mexico and Oswego varsity track athletes competed at the Section III state qualifier on Friday at Cicero-North Syracuse High School.
Three of the Hannibal boys’ track athletes punched their ticket for states. Fenix Burger in the high jump (6’ 4”), Hunter Donhauser in the discus (126’ 5”), and John Ruggio in the 110-meter hurdles (15.15 seconds) all qualified for states after notching victories in their respective events.
Mexico’s Reatha von Holtz is heading to states in the shot put. She threw a top distance of 35’ 6.75” to pick up the victory in the event.
Oswego’s Molly Fitzgibbons fell short of moving on to state competition in the 2,000-meter steeplechase. She finished second in the race (7:06.43), but was less than 20 seconds off the state-qualifying standard (7:06.24).
Miranda Gilbert came in second in the 1,500-meter run (4:58.01) for the Lady Buccaneers. Gilbert ran in the 3,000-meter run as well, taking sixth place (11:04.93).
Ruggio came in fourth in the 400-meter hurdles (58.97 seconds), Burger placed fifth in the long jump (20’ 8.75”), and Donhauser grabbed sixth in the shot put (41’ 6”).
Hannibal’s Hannah Kuc took sixth in the 400-meter dash (1:04.13), while the 4 x 400-meter relay team of Noel Allen, Kaitlyn Ryder, Madelynn Wakefield and Kuck placed fourth (4:24.06). Velvet Howland finished second in the high jump (4’ 10”), and Allen placed 12th in the 200-meter dash (28.43 seconds).
In the girls’ 4 x 800-meter relay, Oswego’s Gilbert, Abby Reith, Gretchen Dowd and Grace Wing ran to a sixth-place finish (10:41.46).
Von Holtz also competed in the discus, placing 12th (85’ 5”).
The New York State Track and Field Championships are set for June 7-8 at Middletown High School of Section IX.