Boys’ Relay Wins Class C Gold

Jonas Petkus took nearly 2 seconds off the Haldane record for the boys' 600-meter run (Photo by M. Haines)

Also, three school records fall

By Michael Haines

Jonas Petkus, a senior at Haldane, set two school records and won gold as a member of the Blue Devils’ 800-meter relay team on Feb. 12 at the Section 1 Class C indoor track state championships at the Armory in New York City. Fourteen schools competed.

Petkus, who will attend Carnegie Mellon in the fall, started his night by setting a school record in the 600-meter run with a time of 1:26.33, shaving nearly two seconds off Eric Saari’s 2002 mark of 1:28 and winning the silver medal. Twenty minutes later, with a time of 37.87 in the 300-meter run, Petkus broke the school record he set a week earlier.

Jonas Petkus took nearly 2 seconds off the Haldane record for the boys’ 600-meter run (Photo by M. Haines)

In other races, Adam Silhavy took the silver medal in the 1,000-meter run in 2:45.20 and the boys’ 4 by 800-meter team of Nick Farrell, Silhavy, Joseph Abate and Petkus won gold in 8:45.69, ahead of Irvington and Pawling.

For the girls, the relay team of Maura Kane-Seitz, Ashley Haines, Emma Rippon and Heather Winne, who two weeks ago set a school record in the 4 by 800-meter relay in 10:43.96, were 20 seconds better at 10:21.45, good for the silver medal. They were pushed by perennial Class C champions Bronxville, which took gold as it has done for more than 20 years in the event.

Other top finishers were Emma Rippon, who was sixth in the 1,000-meter run at 3:19.30; Kane-Seitz, who was fifth in the 1,500-meter run at 5:15.74; Winne, who was sixth in the 600-meter run at 1:44.68; Farrell, who was fourth in the 1,600-meter run at 4:38.58; and Justin Gonzalez, who was fifth in the long jump at 17-11.50.

Photos by Michael Haines


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