AHS boys swimming, indoor track wrap up season

The winter season recently wrapped up for Amsterdam’s indoor track and boys swimming teams with Section 2 meets.

Amsterdam placed third in the girls team standings and sixth in the boys team standings at the Section 2 Division II indoor track championships Sunday, Feb. 18, at the University at Albany.

Charli Beekman, Lauren Santiago and Gabby Stanavich led the Amsterdam girls at the Division II meet. Beekman won the 55-meter dash final with a time of 7.45 seconds, while Santiago finished first in the 300-meter dash with a time of 41.80 seconds. Stanavich added a victory in the 55-meter hurdles finals with a time of 8.87 seconds,

Beekman, Stanavich and Santiago also ran together with Emma Gomez in the 800-meter relay, where they placed second with a time of 1:52.79. Stanavich and Santiago teamed up with Kayla Sondrup and Skylar Grybos in the 1,600-meter relay, where they finished third with a time of 4:21.50.

In the field events, Gomez was third in the triple jump with a distance of 30 feet, 7.25 inches, and she placed fifth in the long jump with a leap of 14 feet, 5.5 inches. Beekman finished third in the long jump with a distance of 15 feet, 0.5 inches.

Sondrup tied Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake’s Caitlin Carr for fourth place in the high jump after they each cleared the bar at 4 feet, 8 inches. Makayla Brown took sixth place in the shot put with a throw of 27 feet, 8.25 inches.

Beekman, Santiago and Stanavich all qualified for the state indoor track and field championships after placing in the top two of their events at the Section 2 qualifier Saturday, Feb. 24. Santiago prevailed in the 300-meter dash with a time of 41.44 seconds, while Stanavich was nipped at the finish line by Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons’ Areyanna Crumble for the 55-meter hurdles title. Crumble won with a time of 8.74 seconds, while Stanavich was second with a time of 8.75 seconds.

Beekman added a second-place finish in the 55-meter dash with a time of 7.46 seconds to qualify for states, which take place Saturday, March 2, at the Ocean Breeze Track Facility in Staten Island.

Amsterdam did not qualify any male athletes for the state indoor track meet, but the Running Rams had several strong performances at the Division II meet. Marcos Santiago won the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 8.28 seconds and ran on the 800- and 1,600-meter relay teams, which each placed in the top six. Angel Sanchez took third place in the long jump with a distance of 18 feet, 9 inches, and Jacob Gomez placed fourth with a leap of 18 feet, 2.75 inches. James Shatas was third in the shot put with a throw of 40 feet, 7.5 inches.

The Amsterdam boys swim team placed eighth at the Division II meet with 78 points. The Rugged Rams posted seventh-place finishes in the 200-yard medley relay and 200-yard freestyle relays, and Nathaniel Andersen added an eighth-place performance in the 100-yard freetyle with a time of 53.53 seconds.

Andersen swam the anchor leg on Amsterdam’s 200-yard medley relay with Lucas Sarabin, Alex Slovack and Corey DeLisa. The Rams finished with a time of 1:57.49. The eighth-grader also swam the final 50 yards on Amsterdam’s 200-yard freestyle relay team, which posted a time of 1:44.94. Slovack, Sarabia and Bradley Jasewicz joined Andersen on the 200-yard freestyle relay team.

Slovack won the consolation final heat in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:09.35. Sarabia finished third in the consolation final heat of the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:42.60.

Rob Jonas

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