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Hornell Track and Field excels at Houghton University: DeLany stands out with three wins

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The Hornell Red Raider Indoor Track and Field teams had a strong showing at the Rochester Wither Track and Field Championships at Houghton University’s Kerr-Pegula Sports Complex on Saturday.

The Boys finished 4th out of 15 teams and the Girls placed 5th out of 18 squads.

Senior, Brennan DeLany won three events: 55m Hurdles (7.99), a new personal best and just .05 off the school record, Triple Jump (43-6), another personal best and just .75″ off the school record, and the Pole Vault (12-06) trying his personal best and just 6″ away from that record. After securing the victory, Brennan raised the bar to 13-1 and just missed making the record-breaking vault. Brennan DeLany’s was the meets only competitor to win three victories in the Pole Vault, Triple Jump, and 55m Hurdles.

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The Boys’ 800m Relay team of Ashton Hooker, Ayden Travis, Nathan Wise, and Phillips placed 6th in 1:52.62. Sophomore Ayden Travis anchored the relay and held off fast-closing Livonia and hard-charging Canisteo-Greenwood to secure the top-six finish.

And the same group also ran the 1600m Relay finishing 4th in 4:11.74.

Individually for the Boys:

Jacob Phillips place fourth in the Triple Jump (37-05).

Ayden Travis also placed 15th in the 1000m Run (3:24.43).

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For the Lady Raiders, Senior, Elaina Flaitz once again led the way winning the High Jump (5-0), placing 2nd in the 55m Hurdles (9.60) a new personal best closing in on the school record, and taking 2nd in the 300m Dash (44.76).

The Girls’ 1600m relay team of Elisa Bodin, Silvia Carretto, Marianne Colson, and Riley Harwood raced to a 4th place finish in 4:53.84 holding off the Arkport-Canaseraga girls by a half second.

And the 800m relay of Claire Rose, Carretto, Colson, and Harwood also finished in 4th in 2:04.78 after getting edged out at the line by Attica.

Individually for the Lady Raiders:

Marianne Colson place 5th in a strong field of 300m runners in 46.88, a new personal best.

Elisa Bodin placed 6th in the very competitive 1000m Run (3:35.36), a personal best. 

Riley Harwood finished in 7th in the 55m Dash (8.02) and Claire Rose was 20th (8.50)

Silvia Carretto finished 11th in the 600m Run (1:57.16), a personal best

Delaney Meehan finished 8th in the Weight Throw (25-4.75), a new best throw.

Meehan was also 17th in the Shot Put (21-4) and Isabella Barnes took 20th (20-6.5).

“As returning League All-Stars, Seniors Elaina Flaitz and Brennan DeLany finished out the league season with another very strong showing. Not only did their performances earn top place finishes, but also improved their seedings for the Section V, Class A3  Championships, and will likely earn them both end-of-the-year accolades as well. Additionally, Brennan (Triple Jump) and Elaina (High Jump) have achieved the NYS standard, improving their chances of advancing to the NYS Track and Field Championships.” 

Coach DeLany and I would like to acknowledge also the outstanding performances of our amazing, younger athletes. Both of our Girls’ relays are comprised of all 8th graders. And our Boys’ relays were run by three sophomores and a junior. Today we asked them to run those two relays back-to-back, a challenge in any meet, but especially today against the League’s best runners.  All season long they’ve battled older, bigger athletes, but today was the first “big-time” scoring meet for most of them; they all rose to the challenge placed before them. We are so proud of the way each one of them battled not only the competition but the sometimes bigger battle of the nerves. From the starting gun to the finish line they ran with fearlessness in their hearts and fire in their bellies…you could see it in their eyes today as their confidence grew lap after lap, race after race. Their coaches knew they had “it” inside them; today they proved it to themselves.” 

Brennan and Elaina will compete next weekend against some of the best high school athletes in the northeast at the Ocean Breeze Invitational in NYC, while the Red Raiders have a weekend off before returning to RIT on February 11th for a ‘one-event-and-done’ final tune-up meet before Sectionals.” 

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