CLIFTON PARK — The “yeah” Ian Luhmann let out as he crossed the finish line was almost as much grunt as it was a yell. The Schuylerville senior was part of a relay at the state track championship two years ago, but now he was going as an individual.
“My goal is to be the best sprinter in Schuylerville, ever,” he said at Friday’s state qualifier track meet.
Qualifying for states in both the 100 (11.10 seconds) and 200 (22.65) has Luhmann on his way. He already has the school record in the 100, now if he can just get it in the 200, he feels he’ll have reached that goal. The state meet is next weekend at Union-Endicott High School near Binghamton.
It was a busy afternoon for Luhmann. He was standing at the finish line after the 100, after his yell, when his name was called to report to the clerking tent for the finals of the 200. But he said doing four events at a dual meet is more grueling, adding, “Your legs are just kind of dead the whole time.” He can do these two.
Luhmann was one of four area athletes to qualify for states in two events. Glens Falls junior Chris Hughes didn’t even know he had at first.
After Hughes finished second in the 1,600 race in 4:29.01, Indians coach Dan Perry said Hughes, who qualified in the 3,200 on Thursday, had to be the most down-looking kid going to states. He went to states for the 3,200 last year and wanted both events this time around.
Then the results were announced and Hughes was named as a state qualifier. He had forgotten about the 4:22 he ran back at the Albright Invitational, which beat the at-large qualifier time.
Perry isn’t sure if Hughes will run both events, though. Hughes ran his best time of the year at the Eddy Meet, for which he spent a week just focusing on the 3,200, so he might stick with the one.
The other two athletes in two events are both from Saratoga Springs. Kelsey Chmiel won the 1,500 (4:33.77) and and 3,000 (9:48.99). Nicholas Cavotta beat the at-large bid in the long jump and as part of the 400 relay, with Tom Bradley, Kirk Francis and Charlie Liebers.
South Glens Falls’ Regina Rosati was second behind Chmiel in the 1,500, which became more like a 1,600. The officials thought the automated timing system had glitched and stopped the race 100 meters in and had them start over — it turned out the system worked fine the first time.
That false start threw Rosati off a bit, she felt like she was already tired. The senior’s time wasn’t her best, but was good enough to place second and she had already beaten the at-large with a time of 4:35.86 at the Eddy Meet. The key was not to try to keep up with Chmiel, who had 10 seconds on everyone else, and run her own race.
“Getting the time out of the way was a big relief,” Rosati said. “I knew even if I had a bad day, I could get in.”
Karlee Strong also had the at-large bid to fall back on but the Hudson Falls senior didn’t need it on Friday. Strong beat her previous best three times and finished first with a throw of 38 feet, 6.75 inches to secure her spot at states.
Greenwich’s Brynne Wright came into the meet with the best seed times in Division II in both the 1,500 and the steeplechase but decided to focus on the latter, where she and her coaches felt she’d have better chase and states.
Wright won with a time of 7:26.65, but wasn’t thrilled with her run on the chilly day and with a cold. She wants to get closer to a 7:15 at states.
South Glens Falls’ Sabrena Quintois-McKinney returns to states after winning the girls pentathlon.
Saratoga also sends Mimi Liebers back to states in the 100 hurdles (14.93 seconds) and Shea Wielbaker, who won the boys 3,200 on Friday.
Queensbury’s Izzy Dennison won the girls 400 on Friday to qualify for states.