Wednesday evening's snow couldn't stop the 36th annual Pearl River Track & Field Holiday Festival Thursday at RCC's Levy Fieldhouse, but it did keep some schools away.
According to Dan Doherty, the former Pearl River girls track coach and organizer of the event, 11 of the 44 teams scheduled to participate didn’t make it due to Wednesday’s storm. He said most of the schools that canceled are located in norther Orange and Ulster counties.
Still, plenty of schools did make it to RCC on Thursday, and many local competitors scored wins or other strong finishes throughout the day.
On the girls side, Pearl River High School’s Kayla Clohessy finished first in the long jump with a score of 16-0.25. Amanda Moroney, also from Pearl River High School, won the 55 meter hurdles with a time of 9.1 seconds.
Erin Jaskot, from Tappan Zee High School, won the 300 yard dash with a time of 37.8 seconds. She also finished second in the 1,000 yard run to Suffern eight-grader Kameron McIntosh, who finished 2.4 seconds ahead of Jaskot. Nyack’s Ifetayo Tyler finished third in that face.
In the boys competition, Clarkstown North’s 4x200 meter relay team took home first place in their event with a time of 1:36.7. The team is made up of Billy DeLay, Jeremy Job, Aiden Daly and Dennis O’Connor. DeLay finished second in the 55 meter dash, Job finished eighth in the high jump and O’Connor finished second in the long jump.
Clarkstown South’s Najee Taylor won the long jump with a score of 20-06.00. Taylor finished seventh in the 55 meter hurdles as well. Also winning from South was Chris Guglielmo, whose topped all in the pole vault with a mark of 13-00.00. The South 4x400 meter relay team also took home a first-place finish. The team was made up of Sammy Abdallatif, Michael Guglielmo and Nicholas Jung.
Full results from Thursday's meet are attached to this report.