sent a strong contingent up to the New York State Track and Field Championships held this past weekend in Syracuse.
First up on Friday was thrower Brittany Sepe who placed 8th in Shot Put with a toss of 36' 2.75". A few hours later Diamond Jackson stepped into the Discus circle and put together a solid series of throws that had her in 4th place going into her final throw. Jackson broke her own school record with a throw of 119' 8" to pass the competition and earn the State Champion title.
First up for Sachem East on Saturday was Rachel Paul competing in the 1500 Meter Run. Rain and wet track conditions didn't prevent Paul from winning the Large School championship with a time of 4:28.29, just over a second short of her own school record. With the win, the senior adds her first State Champion title to her resume.
The last event for Sachem East was the 4 by 800 Relay. In an intensely competitive race, Laurie Semetsis, Rachel Paul, Nicole Silvestre, and Mel Notarstefano managed a 7th place finish in 9:18.89, less than a second from making the podium. All told, East tallied three top 10 finishes and two State titles.
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The season wraps up next weekend with Racewalker Alyssa Furlani traveling to the High School Nationals in North Carolina, while Rachel Paul and Racewalkers Kelly Maranchuk, Holly Lindoe and Sarah LaPorta travel to Indianapolis to compete in the U.S. Junior National Championships, with a shot to represent the U.S. in international competition. Competition begins on Friday and continues through Sunday.