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May 22, 2014

Coop girls win CSC Division II track title

Ford named top field athlete, Boys finish third

Kristin Ratliff won three events, Lucy Ford was named Field Event Athlete of the Meet and Cooperstown’s girls won the Center State Conference Division II Championship for the first time since 2002 on May 13.

Cooperstown won with 152 points, nine better than host Sauquoit Valley, which had won the previous nine CSC D-II titles.

Cooperstown’s boys also did well, finishing third. 

“Everybody stepped up unbelievably and did exactly what they had to do to score points,” Cooperstown coach Connie Herzig said. “It was one of those team nights.”

Late in the meet, Cooperstown needed to finish third in the 1,600 relay and Emily Calkins, Ford, Danielle Perrino and Grace LeCates did just that.

Cooperstown also needed big performances in the high jump. Ford, Mya Stearns and Samantha Fanion finished 1-2-3 for Cooperstown. Ford, who won a Division II state title in the event in 2013, cleared 5-foot-2 to win it. Stearns finished second at 5-0 and Fanion placed third at 4-10.

Ford also won the shot put with a distance of 30-6 1/4.

Ratliff placed first in the 100 hurdles (17.05), the 400 hurdles (1:09.37) and the 3,000 (11:33.69).

“She had a huge night, an enormous night,” Herzig said.

Fanion contributed a victory in the 1,500 (5:14.47) and Calkins won the long jump (15-8 1/2).

For the boys, Cooperstown finished with 97 points in the eight-team meet. The host school won with 142, followed by Morrisville-Eaton with 119.

Cullen Rathbone was the lone winner for Cooperstown, placing first in the shot put. His winning distance was 40 feet, 4 1/2 inches.

Joe Harmon, Max Bonderoff and Johnny Zhang contributed a pair of second-place finishes for Cooperstown. Harmon was second in the 800 meters (2:09.86) and the 1,600 (4:38.70); Bonderoff was runner-up in the 110 hurdles (17.82) and 400 hurdles (1:04.34); and Zhang took second in the long jump (18-3 1/2) and the triple jump (40-2 1/4).

J.P. Gertz also earned a runner-up finish in the discus. His best throw went 128-3.

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