We have 10 Niskayuna High School Athletes that have qualified to compete at the National Championship meet in North Carolina on June 17th and 18th. Unfortunately this meet falls on the weekend between Regents and Final Exams requiring these scholar-athletes to travel by plane. We need help raising $7000 to get them to North Carolina! Because National Track Championship Meets are NOT NYS high school sactioned events, the receive ZERO funding from the school. All funds raised here will benefit each athlete equally.
Why do we think this competition is important? This group of 10 athletes - Marty Dolan, Madeleine Hesler, Amelia Kokernak, Charlotte Kokernak, Joe Quinn, Colin Ross, Lexi Sciortino, Sydney Smith, Abigail Spiers and Donnovan Tucker have had a record setting year in cross coutry and track and field and have brought the Niskayuna Track & Field Program into both the state and national spotlight. Here are some highlights:
*Abigail, Amelia, Lexi, Charlotte and Sydney were varsity scorers for the 2016 NY #5 Class A cross country team that placed 4th at the New York State Federation Championship Meet and 6th at the Nike Cross Nationals NY Regional meet. A first for the Niskayuna track and field program.
*Amelia, Abigail, and Sydney are from the 2017 indoor relay team that were 2017 Millrose Games 4x800m Champions with the fastest time run by a high school squad in the United States (US #1 for 4 weeks). This was Niskayuna's second-ever appearance at the oldest and most presitgious indoor track meet in the country. It was the first-ever Millrose Championship for Niskayuna. They went on to finish 5th at the New Balance National Indoor Championships making them National Scholastic Athletic Foundation All-Americans. The same squad competed at the 2017 Penn Relays 4x800m Championship of America and placed 10th out of 72 invited teams from the United States and Jamaica.
*Three of the athletes competed at State Championship meets - Abigail placed19th and Donnovan placed 21st overall in the 2016 NYS Cross Country Championship and Amelia placed 6th in the 1000m with an 8th All-Time Section 2 performance and US top-25 ranking at the 2017 NYS Indoor Track & Field Championships.
*Since January 1st, 2017, the girls have combined to set 8 VarsityTrack & Field school records and the boys have set two including Donnovan breaking the 39 year old record in the mile (currently ranked NY #4 among high school boys!). At the Shen Invy Marty ran a NY#5 time in the 3000m steeplechase which is currently the 8th fastest time for a high schooler in the United States this season! They are among the best in Section 2 and New York State. They have a chance to come home from North Carolina as All-Americans.
Here are the events they will run:
Boys 3000m Steeplechase: Marty
Girls 4 x 800m Championship: Charlotte, Amelia, Abigail and Sydney
Boys 4 x mile Championship: Colin, Donnovan, Joe and Marty
Girls 4 x mile Championship: Abigail, Charlotte, Lexi and Madeleine
The photos below document the team's friendship and athleticism. Those of you that know these individuals know that they are scholar athletes of exceptional character, and role models to the younger athletes. Sending them to Nationals helps the younger athletes see that hard work pays off.
We hope you will consider contributing to help them make this a reality and bring the Niskayuna Track & Field program back to the National stage!
PLEASE DON'T WAIT TO CONTRIBUTE - THE MEET IS ON JUNE 16th!
Above: Senior Lexi Sciortino and sophomore Charlotte Kokernak - both 3-season XC and T&F athletes.
Above: Lexi competing at the Eddy Meet in Schenectady
Above: Junior and 2017 All-American Sydney Smith at the Eddy meet 4x800m championship
Above: Junior and 2017 All-American Amelia Kokernak anchoring the 4x800m win at the Eddy meet
Above: Junior and 2017 All-American Abigail Spiers setting the pace at the Eddy Meet
Above: Sophomore Madeleine Hesler at the Futures Meet at Mohonasen High School
Above: Sophomore Charlotte Kokernak leading off the Distance Medley Relay at the Louck's games in White Plains, NY
Above: Sophomore Marty Dolan competing at the Eddy Meet in Schenectady.
Above: Senior Erica Wasserbach (L) celebrates with her All-American teamates Amelia, Abigail and Sydney at the New Balance Indoor Nationals in March 2017.
Above: Lexi, Char, Abigail and Amelia with NYS Federation Awards
Above: Amelia on the podium at NYS Indoor Championships.
Above: The 4x800 Penn Relays Team
Above: Breaking the tape with a US#1 Time and Millrose Victory
Above: 13 seasons together as teammates
Above: Marty at the 2016 Manhattan XC Invitational at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx
Above: Donnovan's record-setting mile at the 2017 Eddy Meet
Above: Joe takes on the mile at the 2017 Eddy Meet
Above: Junior Colin Ross in the mile at the Eddy
- Chris Laflamme
- Carole Keins
- Justin Stenta
- Christine Hesler
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