OSWEGO, NY – Oswego junior sprint standout Cory Keefe, kept his unbeaten streak intact at the State Meet Qualifier.
Keefe placed first in the 55 meter hurdles as the event held at the Onondaga Community College SRC Arena track.
Keefe’s performance earned him a position at the New York State Track and Field Championships, to be held on March 3 at Cornell University.
The Oswego High School athlete was nursing a sore hamstring, but still placed first in his preliminary heat of the hurdles with a time of 7.77 and finished first in the hurdle finals, with a strong time of 7.63.
His best of 7.58 was achieved last week at the Sectional Championships and ranks him first in the section and among the top six in the state.
“Cory is having an outstanding season” said Coach Jim McCaul ” He is developing the drive, determination, and focus, to compete against the best. Cory should be at full strength in the upcoming state meet and is capable of challenging the state’s elite.”
Junior Ben Harrington continued his fine improvement in the middle distance events turning in a personal best of 1:28.16 in the 600 meter run, to finish sixth among the section’s elite.
Senior Whitney Ford, hampered by illness, ran a strong time of 43.82 in the 300 meter dash, to finish 7th in the finals.
She also placed twelfth in the triple jump, with a leap of 31′ 5 1/2″.
“It was unfortunate to see Whitney’s last two meets affected by her illness” said McCaul ” She competed about as well as you can under the conditions. Whitney has had a strong indoor season. Her hard work and dedication, has led to much improvement and enabled her to compete against the section’s best. Her leadership has played a big role in our team’s success. I am looking forward to Whitney’s continued improvement and contributions this spring.”