Select members of Pittsford Mendon High School’s track and field team participated in the Section V Division 1 State Qualifier on June 1 at Caledonia-Mumford High School.
The winner of each event automatically qualifies to advance to the state meet, according to classification.
Senior Nathan Lawler earned a spot at the D1 State Championships by winning the 3,200-meter run in 9 minutes, 20.12 seconds.
Other Mendon boys competing in this qualifier were sophomore Sam Lawler, 3,000 steeplechase, third place, 10:02.01; and junior Michael Kelly, shot put, sixth place, 41 feet, 10 inches.
Nine Viking girls participated. In the 1,500-meter run, eighth-grader Olivia Lucia placed third with her time of 5:2.03, and Julia Tomanovich, junior, placed sixth, 5:15. In the 3,000-meter run, junior Maggie Casey earned fifth place, 11:01.89. Junior Madelyn Rose MacLaughlin was the second-place finisher in the 2,000-meter steeplechase with her time of 7:24.22. The steeplechase is a distance run where athletes are confronted with hurdles and a sloped water pit that has a hurdle-type barrier preceding it.
Mendon girls competed in several field events as well. In the high jump, junior Kaitlyn Gelb reached 4 feet, 9 inches for third place. Senior Emily Latulipe tied for fourth place in the pole vault with her height of 8 feet, 6 inches. Senior Lindsay Fluman took third in the shot put with her throw of 34 feet, 5.5 inches, and she took fourth in the discus throw, 99 feet, 11 inches.
In the pentathlon, senior Katie Broikos placed seventh, and junior Claire Powell placed eighth. These pent-athletes competed in the 800-meter run, 100-meter hurdles, high jump, long jump and shot put.
At the New York State Track and Field Championships at Cicero-North Syracuse High School on June 8, Nathan Lawler competed in the 3,200-meter run. For Division 1, large schools, Lawler placed third, with his fastest time of the season, 9:13.84.