While many eyes are on the local basketball scene and the winter sports scenes at the local universities, the Dryden Purple Lions are turning heads during the indoor track and field season. While the annual track and field powerhouse has caught the attention of the sport’s followers with its seemingly endless supply of competitive teams, the performances this season are warranting strong praise.
While the indoor track and field season may not have the number of meets on the schedule as other high school sports may have, the Lions are making the most out of the short season. Head Coach Lee Stuttle’s team has put together outstanding individual performances on both the boys’ and girls’ side of the sport.
Over the holiday break, Dryden took on a field of 13 schools on the boy’s side of the competition and 12 schools on the girl’s side at the Winter Classic meet at SUNY Cortland, a facility that the Lions have become increasingly more familiar with, having competed four times at the nearby fieldhouse. This familiarity has certainly paid off for the Lions as the teams picked up three first-place event finishes and both teams finished in the top six with total points.
The girl’s team was lifted by standout junior Emily Miller, who has picked up where she left off following a 14th place finish at the NYSPHSAA Cross Country Championships. Miller, who has already claimed multiple first-place finishes this season, notched the only top spot for Dryden during the meet when she sped her way to a 3:21.18 finish a time that would place her in the top 30 runners at the state championships a season ago. While Miller was unable to replicate her placing in the 1500 meters, she paced herself to a second-place finish and new personal record with a time of 5:13.54.
On the field side of the meet, the girl’s team saw a huge performance out of emerging sophomore Garris Teghan as she finished third in the shot put with a distance of 31 feet 10 inches, a mark that would have placed her in the top 30 at the state meet a season ago.
The boy’s team saw a successful day, pulling in an individual title and placing a relay team atop the podium. The lone individual winner for Dryden was senior GT Weaver, who took the top spot in the 600 meters with a time of 1:32.27 after being seeded third. The time would go on to be a new personal best for the senior. The day also saw Weaver lead a dominant sprint medley team consisting of Kyle Brown, Garet Marsh, and Jakob Greenwood to a first-place finish. The team took advantage of the familiar track and blew by the competition, finished more than 10 seconds faster than second-place Unadilla Valley.
Brown also recorded a strong day for the boy’s team. In addition to his first-place finish on the relay, he found himself with a second-place finish in the 55-meter hurdles behind Isaac Chandler, a state qualifier last season, with a time of 9.17.
Marsh would also greatly contribute to the team score with a third-place finish in the 55-meter dash as the senior would finish with a time of 7.13.As a team, the boy’s finished in a tie for fifth-place with Norwich with 34 points. The girl’s team finished with 29 points on the day, good enough to finish sixth.
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