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QUEENSBURY — Like most athletes at the Jack V. Irion Queensbury Track and Field Invitational, Mike Gabriel’s day started with some music.

Except he wasn’t listening to it through his earbuds. He was playing it. Fortunately for the Greenwich junior, both the New York State School Music Association Solo Festival and the track invitational were at Queensbury High School.

After receiving a score of 100 on his solo (Serenade No. 12, by Vincent Persichetti), Gabriel — a thrower and all-state tuba player — changed clothes and ran over to the discus area. There, he threw the discus 138 feet, winning by nearly 2 feet. Periodically checking his watch because he had to leave early to prepare for Greenwich’s prom, Gabriel placed second in the shot put (46-2).

“Overall, it was a pretty good day,” Gabriel said.

Greenwich track coach Pat Morris said Gabriel has made huge strides as a thrower since starting the sport — his first of any kind — as a freshman. He’s just 5-foot-9, but he’s powerful, as shown by his bench press of 260 pounds and squat of 500 pounds. And he’s just as dedicated to music as throwing.

“I have a pretty strict schedule as far as when I practice music and when I practice track,” Gabriel said. “I try to get in as much as I possibly can for both without entirely getting rid of my personal life. I try to get the most out of each practice by focusing on certain things, like not focusing on distance. Just make the form better and feel good about certain things.”

Gabriel didn’t have a personal record (PR) in the discus, but others did in their winning performances. South Glens Falls senior Regina Rosati had PRs in winning both the 3,000 meters (10 minutes, 10.69 seconds) and 800 (2:19.48). Rosati said her 3,000 time was her best by nearly 11 seconds.

“I tried to pace for the first mile, and it felt pretty easy, so after the first mile I tried picking it up and it worked,” the Siena commit said.

Rosati’s teammate, Sabrena Quintois-McKinney, continued her red-hot track season by winning the girls’ pentathlon with 2,894 points, which automatically qualified her for the State Track and Field Championships on June 9-10 at Union-Endicott High School.

“This is my first time doing it this season,” Quintois-McKinney said of the pentathlon. “I planned to hit the state standard today and ended up hitting it. The goal is achieved today.

“I ended up jumping 5-4 for the first time in pent,” she added. “In open I’ve hit it multiple times, so it was a good day.”

Queensbury’s Cody Metcalfe also hit the state meet qualifier in the boys’ 3,000-meter steeplechase, a race he won in the final few strides by just 27 one-hundredths of a second over Saratoga Springs’ Ezra Ruggles. The Saratoga runner relinquished just enough of his lead on the final jump into the water pit, where he fell briefly.

“The plan was just to stay with him and then, just like that, pass him in the last few meters, but with his fall, it gave me the chance,” Metcalfe said.

Glens Falls senior Kasey Gorton was a double winner Saturday. And while she didn’t have a PR in either event, some recent rest was good enough to earn her victories in the long jump (16-1) and triple jump (34-10).

“I’ve been having kind of a rough few meets, so it was all right,” Gorton said. “I’ve had bad shin splints because we’ve had meet after meet, but I’ve had this whole week off so I could rest a little more, so that’s good.”

Queensbury senior Antoine Grace was trying to break the boys’ school senior record of 10.9 seconds in the 100, held by 2000 graduate Eric Stoddard. He came up short of that, but his time of 11.28 in the final was enough to win.

“I came out of the start really strong, and my coach said I was ahead of them by a mile coming out of the start,” Grace said. “That’s where I feel I do my best work, off the start, and I just kind of keep going. I feel like I really pushed my legs to go as fast as they could so I didn’t lose.

Other local winners were Queensbury’s Grace Murphy (girls pole vault, 9-6), Isabelle Caprood (girls 100 hurdles, 15.97), Emma Hayes (girls 400 hurdles, 1:05.92) and Caleb Shine (boys 400 hurdles, 57.51), Hudson Falls’ Karlee Strong (girls shot put, 37-2 ¼) and South Glens Falls’ Josh Nagle (boys pole vault, 12-0).

In the team competition, the Saratoga Springs boys won with 170.5 points, followed by Queenbury at 115. South Glens Falls was sixth with 41, and Glens Falls was ninth with 22. Queensbury captured the girls’ title with 140 points. Also earning top-10 places were South Glens Falls in fifth (44.5), Greenwich in seventh (34), Hudson Falls in ninth (27.83) and Glens Falls in 10th (25.33).

John V. Irion Queensbury Track Invitational

BOYS

Team scores: Saratoga Springs 170.5, Queensbury 115, Shaker 92, Smithtown West 78, Burnt Hills 46, South Glens Falls 41, Hoosic Valley 24, Voorheesville 22.5, Glens Falls 22, Colonie 21, Lake George 19, Greenwich 18, North Babylon 17, Mechanicville 14, Hudson Falls 11, Saranac 11, Corinth 11, Peru 6, New Lebanon 1.

100 — 1. Grace (Q), 11.28, 2. Smith (Sara), 11.41, 3. Arvpally (Shak), 11.52

200 — 1. Cavotta (Sara), 22.70, 2. Morgan (Mech), 23.05, 3. Weismann (Shak), 23.26

400 — 1. Kelsey (Shak), 50.89, 2. Cappock (SW), 51.26, 3. Trieber (Voor), 52.08

800 — 1. Muellers (SW), 1:59.24, 2. Brady (Sara), 1:59.78, 3. Postlethwart (Sara), 2:00.26

Mile — 1. Weilbaker (Sara), 4:21.58, 2. Hughes (GF), 4:25.53, 3. Cipolla (SW), 4:29.03

3200 — 1. Brennan (BH), 9:36.16, 2. Carey (Q), 9:55.43, 3. Waite (Sara), 1:00.00

110 hurdles — 1. Chen (Shak), 15.02, 2. Shine (Q), 15.67, 3. Liebers (Sara), 16.24

400 hurdles — 1. Shine (Q), 57.51, 2. Bradley (Sara), 58.09, 3. Dinger (SW), 1:00.39

400 relay — 1. Saratoga (Bradley, Cavotta, Francis, Liebers), 44.79, 2. Shaker, 45.13, 3. Lake George, 45.50

1600 relay — 1. Shaker (Chen, Arvapally, Kelsey, Nartey), 3:31.01, 2. Smithtown West, 3:31.35, 3. Saratoga, 3:32.06

3200 relay — 1. Saratoga (Battle, Brady, Messier, Moller), 8:20.97, 2. Queensbury, 8:21.63, 3. Shaker, 8:27.74

High jump — 1. Jarosz (HV), 6-2, 2. Schiavo (SW), 5-10, 3. Ballard (Q), 5-10

Pole vault — 1. Nagle (SGF), 12-0, 2. Murphy (Sara), 12-0, 3. Ballard (Q), 11-0

Long jump — 1. Cavotta (Sara), 22-5, 2. Francis (Sara), 22-1, 3. Ballard (Q), 21-6 1/4

Triple jump — 1. Nartey (Shak), 44-0, 2. Stewart (Q), 40-1, 3. Johansson (SW), 39-11 3/4

Shot put — 1. Ritz (Col), 46-4 1/4, 2. Gabriel (Gwch), 46-2, 3. Mussen (BH), 44-7

Discus — 1. Gabriel (Gwch), 138-0, 2. Rose (HV), 136-1, 3. Sause (LG), 121-5

Pentathlon — 1. Hong (Sara), 2,626, 2. Moran (SW), 2,472, 3. Weller (SGF), 2,342

GIRLS

Team scores: Queensbury 140, Burnt Hills 105.33, Guilderland 94.83, Emma Willard 74, South Glens Falls 44.5, Saranac 40, Greenwich 34, Voorheesville 30.5, Hudson Falls 27.83, Glens Falls 25.33, Mechanicville 25, Corinth 16, Peru 13, Beekmantown 12, Peru 11, New Lebanon 10.33, Hoosic Valley 10, Lake George 9, Mohonasen 9, Seton Catholic 6, AuSable Valley 3, Albany Leadership 2, Whitehall 0.33

100 — 1. Abunaw (EW), 12.71, 2. Lebel (Gld), 12.94, 3. James (BH), 13.04

200 — 1. Abunaw (EW), 26.07, 2. Lebel (Gld), 26.47, 3. Ermolenko (Gld), 26.72

400 — 1. Ermolenko (Gld), 1:00.31, 2. Dennison (Q), 1:01.15, 3. Fousek (EW), 1:01.84

800 — 1. Rosati (SGF), 2:19.48, 2. Villemaire (Bk), 2:22.27, 3. Collins (Gwch), 2:22.28

1500 — 1. Scott (BH), 4:49.97, 2. Vendetti (BH), 4:50.45, 3. Atamanchuk (Q), 4:51.10

3000 — 1. Rosati (SGF), 10:10.69, 2. Graham (BH), 10:18.54, 3. Roberts (Gld), 10:35.73

100 hurdles — 1. Caprood (Q), 15.97, 2. Gengel (Q), 16.03, 3. Lacy (HF), 16.51

400 hurdles — 1. Hayes (Q), 1:05.92, 2. Bartlett (Q), 1:10.53, 3. Nezaj (Gld), 1:10.97

400 relay — 1. Burnt Hills (Holzman, Manosh, James, Lewis), 50.57, 2. Emma Willard, 50.83, 3. Hudson Falls, 52.28

1600 relay — 1. Burnt Hills (Graham, James, Lewis, Vaughan), 4:08.45, 2. Queensbury, 4:17.86, 3. Voorheesville, 4:21.88

3200 relay — 1. Voorheesville (Hensel, Lawson, Goldfarb, Wakeley), 10:14.73, 2. Queensbury, 10:16.85, 3. Saranac, 10:20.78

High jump — 1. Johnson (EW), 5-3, 2. Messner (Peru), 4-10, 3. Liles (Q), 4-8

Pole vault — 1. Murphy (Q), 9-6, 2. Cook (Q), 9-6, 3. Berry (EW), 8-6

Long jump — 1. Gorton (GF), 16-1, 2. Ding (EW), 15-11 1/4, 3. Liles (Q), 15-10

Triple jump — 1. Gorton (GF), 34-10, 2. Ding (EW), 33-3 3/4, 3. Cook (Q), 32-8

Shot put — 1. Strong (HF), 37-2 1/4, 2. Aldrich (Gwch), 34-5, 3. Robens (Mech), 33-6

Discus — 1. Hoeth (Sar), 102-1, 2. Aldrich (Gwch), 99-5, 3. Robens (Mech), 94-5

Pentathlon — 1. Quintois-McKinney (SGF), 2,894, 2. Rice (Gld), 2,193, 3. Perkins (Q), 2,153

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