SCHUYLERVILLE — It’s not always about first place. Big multi-team track meets are just as much about places two through six. Any combination of two finishes between second and fourth is as many or more points than a single first-place finish.
Both Pete Crotty and Matt Crossman maximized their point-winning finishes at the helm of the Queensbury girls and boys teams, respectively, as the Spartans swept Wednesday’s Foothills Council championship meet.
The boys in particular, only had one win in individual events (Caleb Shine in the 100-meter hurdles) and swept the relays but won the meet by 51 points.
“I’ll try to put together the strongest lineup I possibly can and then I’ll look at what everyone else has and start tweaking where I think we can get points in different areas,” Crossman said. “Stephen Kowalczyk is usually an 800 runner but I saw we could use him to get points in the steeple. He agreed, so we switched him over to that.”
The girls won a little more definitively, with eight first-place finishes, but they still augmented that with other point-winning finishes. Deja Perkins wasn’t thrilled with her sixth-place finish in the pentathlon, but Crotty comforted her by pointing out she earned a point.
“We’re not really deep this year, but we scored in every event,” Crotty said.
Both Crotty and Crossman saw freshman step up. Izzy Dennison won the girls 400, beating Lauren Santiago of Amsterdam, the second-fastest girl in Section II. Lucas McCane was sixth in the boys 400 and Devin Hunt was sixth in discus; Crossman didn’t expect to score in either event.
South Glens Falls had two athletes win two events. The Bulldogs were the only team to achieve that as the only other athletes to win two events were Jeff Derwin of Broadalbin-Perth and Kevon Boucad of Amsterdam (who won three).
Regina Rosati won both the 3,000 and the 1,500 on a day when the temperatures topped 90 degrees (something the sprinters enjoy and distance runners hate). She stayed further back in the pack than usual and broke out about halfway through the 3,000 and with one lap to go in the 1,500.
“I really hydrated the past few days,” she said. “And I just tried to tuck in with the girls and win from the back.”
Sabrena Quintois-McKinney won the long jump (16 feet, 9.5 inches) and the high jump (5-2) and placed second in the hurdles by .11 second. She’s been dealing with a knee injury and it has affected her hurdles performance, though she wasn’t far off the time at last year’s states. Quintois-McKinney had to scratch the 400 hurdles and stopped the high jump once she had won it, to avoid pushing the knee.
Ian Luhmann came running up to his coach calling out that he had done it. The Schuylerville sprinter finished second in the 100, but you couldn’t tell from his reaction.
Luhmann had finally beaten the school record. He was only .04 second off the record at Friday’s Shenendehowa Invitational, so he was feeling good. The senior dropped almost a second to set a new record at 11.10 seconds.