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Blue Bombers go the distance for track win

May 12, 2017
By LOU REUTER - Senior Sports Writer ( , Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID - Last week, the Lake Placid track and field teams competed at home in the snow.

The Blue Bombers were back on the track on Thursday, and this time around the sun was shining brightly. And on an ideal afternoon for a meet, Lake Placid split with Beekmantown in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference action.

The Blue Bombers boys claimed a 66-56 win over the Eagles, while the girls team fell by an 81-50 score.

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Lake Placid freshman James Flanigan stays ahead of the pack during the 3,200-meter race Thursday against Beekmantown. Flanigan led from start to finish to win with a personal-best time of 10:52.
(News photo — Lou Reuter)

Lake Placid's boys won nine events in their meet, with Trent White and Carter Grady each racing to two individual wins on the track to lead the way.

Competing in his second meet, Grady put down fast times of 11.6 and 24.1 seconds for respective victories in the 100- and 200-meter dashes.

White won the 400 in 55.7 seconds and took first in the long jump with a leap of 18 feet, 8 1/2 inches.

On a day when several Blue Bombers turned either season-best or personal-best times, Henry McGrew was also a double individual winner for Lake Placid. He captured first in the 1,600 meters in 4:50, and finished with top honors in the long jump with a 33-4 effort.

White and McGrew also ran legs on two winning relay teams, as they joined Stuart Baird and Scott Schulz to capture first in the 4x800 and 4x400 competitions with respective times of 8:53 and 3:48.

James Flanigan grabbed first in 3,200 with a personal-best time of 10:52 in a race he led from start to finish.

Baird finished tied for first in the high jump, clearing the bar at 5-6.

In addition to tying for first in the high jump, the Eagles posted outright wins in the 110 hurdles, the 400 relay, the 400 hurdles, the 800-meter and the long jump.

"I don't know the last time Lake Placid beat Beekmantown in track, but it's been awhile," Lake Placid coach Bill Frazer said. "Our sprinters, our distance guys, they came through again. We won about everything on the track and took two of the three relay. We really haven't ran against a team that's pushing us, today we did, and you can see our guys are really picking it up."

Lake Placid's boys improved to 3-2 with the victory.

Lake Placid's girls were also strong on the track, but could only muster one victory in field events, which ultimately proved to be the Blue Bombers' downfall as they dropped to 2-3 in the CVAC.

"We were actually ahead of Beekmantown in the running events, but they swept the throws and the high jump," Frazer said. "That was 27 points, and that was the difference."

Grace McGrew and Sara Rose-McCandlish posted double individual wins for Lake Placid. McGrew won the 100 in 13.7 seconds and took the long jump with a 12-11 1/2 result. Sara Rose McCandlish took first in the 800 in 2:34 and win the 1,500 meters in 5:29.

Bea Hollander claimed a victory for Lake Placid in the 800 hurdles with a time of 1:24.5.

Lake Placid also won the 3,200 and 1,600 relays. Sara Rose-McCandlish, her sister Anne, Hollander and Anya Morgan won the 3,200 relay in 11:10; and McGrew, Sara Rose-McCandlish, Hollander and Morgan took first in the 1,600 with a 4:45 result.

The Blue Bombers are on the track again Monday when they travel to face Seton Catholic and SUNY Plattsburgh.



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