ENDICOTT — Most of Regina Rosati and Sabrena Quintois-McKinney’s classmates are playing paintball and celebrating the end of high school this weekend. Rosati and Quintois-McKinney were running in the hot sun instead.
The two South Glens Falls seniors skipped the senior trip in favor of the New York State Track and Field Championships at Union-Endicott High School. This, after they skipped the Marathon Dance for the indoor track state meet, the senior dinner dance for the state qualifier and the prom for the Eddy Meet.
The only senior event left is graduation in two weeks.
“It’s worth it,” Rosati said without hesitating. “This is where I want to be. I can go to more dances in college or whenever. My best friend is Sabrena and she’s here with me, so it’s not like I’m missing out.”
Quintois-McKinney figures a lot of people can say they went on a cool senior trip — only a few can say they went to the state track meet. Fewer still can say they made the podium in the pentathlon.
“The hardest decision was missing Marathon Dance,” she said. “Last year, I was right under qualifying, so I had a year to get ready. It was worth it.”
By making it to this meet, Rosati, who will run for Siena College next year, met her goal of the trifecta — making states in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track.
She didn’t have the race she hoped for, finishing eighth in the Division I 1,500-meter race with a time of 4:38.66. The heat and an abbreviated warmup got to Rosati, but she shook it off. She wanted to hit 4:35 this year and she did that at the Eddy Meet.
Quintois-McKinney wanted to beat last year’s sixth place in the Division I pentathlon, but the heat got to her, too. She was in third before the 800, but fell to seventh in the division and eighth in Federation after her worst of the five events.
Mimi Liebers had the best finish of the area athletes. The Saratoga Springs senior finished second in Division I 100 hurdles (14.78 seconds) and then third in the Federation event with a personal best of 14.51 seconds.
It was one of those races that just felt good under Liebers. She knew catching Sophia Meyers, the winner out of Queens, would be nearly impossible, so she just wanted a good race.
Liebers started indoor track as a way to stay in shape for field hockey. She ended up at the state meet all four years in both indoor and outdoor track and will run for Holy Cross next year.
Saratoga’s Kelsey Chmiel finished fifth in the Division I 1,500 with a time of 4:31.40.
Brynne Wright wants to spend more time on the steeplechase next year. The Greenwich freshman hasn’t truly trained for the event and finished eighth in Division II with a time of 7:31.34. She wanted to hit 7:15.
“I was on pace for the first two and a half to three (laps) and then I just couldn’t get my legs to turn over anymore,” Wright said. “I’ve done a few steeplechases, but at the beginning of the year I wasn’t really training for them.”
Her plan is to really train for the event and then be back at next year’s meet in Syracuse.