Final ode to local sports season


Patrick Newell

Before heading into the summer months, I have one last ode to the 2007-2008 high school sports season, and that includes local results of note at the New York State Track and Field Championships held in Buffalo last weekend.
No, we did not miss any state championship winners. The best of the bunch who attended last weekend were two seniors, Kati Holowacz of B-G/Afton and Peter Schmidt of G-MU, and Oxford freshman Katie Woodford.
Holowacz, who will attend the University of Buffalo in the fall on a track scholarship, lowered her own school record in the 1,500 meters timing a 4:42.13 for fourth-place in the Division II finals, the best overall finish in the area. She’ll move on to compete in the Federation meet this weekend.
Schmidt, who was a standout basketball player in the winter, showed his versatility taking fifth in the D-2 pentathlon scoring 2,896 points.
Last was the Blackhawks’ Katie Woodford. Those in track circles are aware that Woodford earned a spot to the state meet knocked off higher seeded Bethany Norris of B-G/Afton in the Section IV state qualifier by less than a tenth of a second in the 400-meter dash. Woodford proved that finish was not a fluke taking home a sixth-place finish timing 58.97 seconds.
Elsewhere, Norwich’s record-breaking 400-meter relay team of Katie Benenati, Elisha Eddy, Cleo Daoud, and Sarah Bonnell did not place winding up eighth.
*The rest of this column appears in the Wednesday, June 18 Evening Sun sports section.