Weekly Feature

2018-03-08 / Sports

Track team gets three on podium at state meet


The Orchard Park indoor track teams had three athletes get on the podium a total of four times at last week’s New York State Championship Meet.

Jenna Crean again impressed, starting off with a second place finish in the 55-meter dash at 7.11 seconds. She finished third in the 300-meter run in 39.53 seconds. Crean also competed in the 4x200 relay. The junior finished up what was another wildly impressive season.

“This is the first time that she ran three events for us at indoor states,” Orchard Park coach Greg Lardo said. “She did the 55, she did real well. She didn’t have a PR, but she did place second in the public state championships. She was really happy with that. There’s a girl out of Rochester that she knew would be tough to beat. She placed third in the 300. It’s a tough final in the 300s because there are two sections. You just have to put up the best time. She came in second in the first heat, then two girls from the second heat beat her. But overall she had a great year, and I know she’s happy with how she finished.”

Leah Pasqualetti took second place in the pole vault, finishing with a personal-best leap of 12 feet-9 inches. It was an impressive finish for the sophomore.

“She was clean; she didn’t have any misses until 12 feet-6 inches,” Lardo said. ‘She had a PR with a 12 feet-9 inches. She had a couple cracks at 13 feet, but just missed it. That was her first state meet. She was really happy to finish that high as a sophomore.”

On the boys side, Cal Puskar took sixth in the 1,600-meter run with a finish of 4:18.31, finishing just three seconds behind the winner.

“He was in the second fastest heat of the 1,600. He wasn’t shooting for a certain time, he just wanted to get on the podium,” Lardo said. “Obviously, he wanted to run a really good time. He had a really good race. He had another good boy that he was racing. It came down to a photo finish; he beat him by a 10th of a second. Then the fast seed came in and he was actually faster than them through the 800 split, so I thought he had a chance. I think the winning time was around 4:15, so Cal was happy with a sixth place in the state and eighth in the Federation.”

Meanwhile, Sara Puskar qualified for the meet in the long jump and was also in the 4x200 relay. Overall, it’s been a tremendous season for the Quakers. They’ve performed well and are prepared for the outdoor season.

“But this is the most successful meet that Orchard Park has had,” Lardo said. ‘We had Jenna on the podium twice, Leah and Cal up there once. To have four podium finishes at the state meet is a really big accomplishment. We’re happy with our team and how we did this week.”

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