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2011-06-15 / Sports

White posts top-five scores at Federation meet

by MIKE MIGLIORE Reporter


Mount St. Mary’s Malayah White competed at the New York State High School Track and Field Championships this weekend at Caledonia-Mumford High School. White finished in the top-five in both the 100 meter dash and the 200 meter dash at Cal-Mum, placing fourth in the 100 and fifth in the 200. File Photo by John Normile Purchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Mount St. Mary’s Malayah White competed at the New York State High School Track and Field Championships this weekend at Caledonia-Mumford High School. White finished in the top-five in both the 100 meter dash and the 200 meter dash at Cal-Mum, placing fourth in the 100 and fifth in the 200. File Photo by John Normile Purchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Malayah White burst on to the scene during the 2010 track season for Mount St. Mary’s Academy as she broke the Monsignor Martin Association 200 meter record at the All Catholic Track and Field Championships just weeks after breaking the league’s 100 meter record in a regular season meet. White went on to lead the Western Scholastic 4x100 meter relay to a new record and a gold medal finish at the Empire State Games.

White wanted to see some improvements this season at the New York State Federation Championships. Last season, White competed in the 100 meter dash and posted a ninth place finish in the preliminaries with a time of 12.77. White was hoping to improve on that this season and worked hard in the offseason to make it happen.

She was rewarded for her hard work this weekend as she finished in the top-five in two events at the New York State Federation meet at Caledonia-Mumford High School outside of Rochester.

“She went a step further this year,” said Mount St. Mary’s track coach Chris Monaco.

White advanced to the final eight for the finals of the 100 meter dash as shed had an eighth place score of 12.75 in the preliminaries of the 100. In the finals, White was able to finish fourth with a time of 12.79. Monaco said White was hurt by subpar block starts that prevented her from posting an even better score.

In the preliminaries of the 200 meter dash, White advanced to the finals with a score of 25.46, good for fifth place. It was a Monsignor Martin record and a personal best for White. She stayed consistent by finishing fifth in the finals with a score of 25.53.

Last weekend’s events at the Federation meet were a strong cap to White’s junior season. In May, White was first in both the 100 and 200 meter dash as Mount St Mary’s finished second overall at the All Catholic Championships. She also helped Mount St. Mary’s 1600 meter relay team finish first. She later earned first in the 100 and 200 at the Ken-Ton Invitational at Crosby Field.

Monaco said he was happy with White’s performance this season and hopes to see White medal next season at the Federation meet. He also said that White will try her hand at the competition in the 400 meter dash next season.

“She’ll be running the 400 to add to her repertoire,” Monaco said. “It’s in her, she just really doesn’t like to run the 400. She has plenty of talent to do it, though.”

White will train this summer with the Buffalo Storm Club, which Monaco runs, in hopes of getting better in the 100 and 200 and learning the 400.

Also competing for Mount St. Mary’s this past week was the 4x400 meter relay team of Danielle Stewart, Susan Kratzer, Melissa Patnella and Hailey Gattuso. They finished 15th overall with a time of 4:28.91.

Sophomore Emma Sullivan competed in the 3000 meter run and finished 26th overall with a time of 10:59.19. It was the first time Sullivan broke the 11-minute mark in the 3000. It was also just three seconds off the Mount St. Mary’s record. Monaco estimated that Sullivan shaved off close to two minutes in her 3000 time from the start of the season.

“Mentally that was huge for her,” Monaco said. “Finishing under 11 minutes was her goal. Those last 50 meters she was just looking at the clock hoping to get under 11.” email: mmigliore@beenews.com

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