By Richard Furst, Kyle Lewis, Joe Manaseri, Gus Lawson
The Section IX State Qualifier meet kicked off with a great performance in the boys 3,200-meter run. Stephen Perrillo-Sullivan went into the race knowing that he would qualify, as he was the number one seed, but he had some stiff competition as Warwick’s Behailu Bekeli-Arcuri, the 2019 Cross Country State champion was second seed. Perrillo was content in following the pace through the first mile, then when Bekeli-Arcuri jumped into the lead, Perrillo followed and stalked the leader until it was clear that the two had dropped the pack. Behailu then relaxed and Perrillo cruised into the lead to win in 9:38.12.
The next performance to stand out for the Gladiators was the girls 55-meter high hurdles. Gwendolyn Logan came into the meet with the top seed and the state standard. She raced well in the semi’s, but saved her best for finals. Logan showed that she was all business as she got a great start and out-raced the field with a personal and school record of 8.56.
Following Logan was teammate Kayla Schramm in the 1,000-meter. Schramm came into the meet having hit the state standard on numerous occasions and was more than prepared for this next challenge. Top-seed Sarah Trainor of FDR led the race with Schramm closely behind. Schramm finished in second with a time of 2:59.76 to qualify for States in the event.
Senior Stephanie Dahowski joined the personal record parade with a spirited performance in the 1,500-meter race walk, as she placed fourth in a personal record 7:57.42. Dahowski’s performance is #2 all time for Goshen only bettered by Tessa Schaumburg’s school record of 7:50.88.
Then came the 600-meter, where junior Kirstin McKenna looked to make States. McKenna already had hit the standard and needed to place in the top three to qualify. She did just that, placing third with a time of 1:39.32.
While great performances were happening on the track, drama was happening in the triple jump. Sophomore Areyanna McCarthy entered the competition seeded third and without having made the state standard. After her first three jumps, McCarthy found herself in third place, off by only a quarter of an inch going into the finals. But always the consummate performer, McCarthy unleashed the best jumps of her life and won the event with an indoor school record 34 feet, 5 ¼ inches. The success of Goshen’s sprinters and field events demonstrates the new strength of the program.
The last qualifying performance came in the boys 3,200-meter relay. The middle-distance boys needed to place first in order to qualify for states, as they were .8 seconds away from hitting the state standard. With Monroe-Woodbury as the only competition having already made the standard, the well-focused Goshen squad was determined to win. Senior Andrew Johnson led-off, taking an early lead and running in first place for his entire split (2:02.02). Greg Hannibal was next to take the baton, holding the lead running the fastest split for the second week in a row (2:00.99). Stephen Perrillo-Sullivan maintained the lead running 2:02.89, and junior Miguel Campos Castro closed out the race in 2:06.08, finishing in 8:11.98 to qualify for States.
The NYSPHSAA Championship meet will be held this Saturday at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Facility in Staten Island. Be sure to follow the Goshen track and field program on Twitter (@goshenxctf and @ladygladsxctf) for updates throughout the weekend.