MONTICELLO – For the vast majority of people competing in, or attending the Jessica Fingers Invitational at Monticello, it was just another early spring track meet. While for those with …
MONTICELLO – For the vast majority of people competing in, or attending the Jessica Fingers Invitational at Monticello, it was just another early spring track meet. While for those with memories of recent years of the event, it was yet another occasion where Mother Nature saw fit to send inclement weather that seems to be a part of this meet year after year.
In 2019 it was snow coming down sideways. Last year it was early morning frost. This year, it was rain as it has often been in bygone years. But for those of us who lovingly remember Jessica Fingers, the 2009 Monticello graduate, track star and transcendent spirit, her untimely passing ten years ago at the age of 21 calls up a sense of grief that has not abated.
The brief spoken tribute and plaque at the entrance to the track were absent from this year’s event, highlighting what she meant to the Monticello community, her family, friends and those who revered her amazing accomplishments in her all-too-brief tenure on this earth.
The unwelcoming weather caused Liberty, Fallsburg and the Sullivan West girls to forego the meet, leaving Monticello, Port Jervis, Burke, Livingston Manor/Roscoe, Eldred and the Sullivan West boys to carry on.
By day’s end, Monticello’s boys and girls teams had prevailed over the diminished field. It should be noted that years ago, this meet featured a bevy of schools from locales near and far but with other meets occurring on the same weekend, the participating contingent has been more limited.
Boys Results: Team scores: Monticello 207, Port Jervis 83, Sullivan West 69, John S. Burke 54, Livingston Manor Roscoe 4
Distance Medley Relay: 1. Burke 12:25.5. 110 Hurdles: 1. Tahir Denton (M) 16.0; 2. Quentin Liciaga (M) 17.2; 3. Christian Corces (M) 18.2. Sprint Medley Relay: 1. Monticello 3:56) DeAndre Armour, Tyrese Shaw, Ricky Gonzalez and Eduardo Salinas). Freshman/sophomore Sprint Medley Relay: 1. (M) 4:26.7. 100: 2. Gonzalez (M) 11.6; 3. Shaw (M) 11.7. Long jump: 3. David Williams (M) 17-10. 400 Intermediate Hurdles: 1. Corces (M) 64.4; 2. Peter March (SW) 67.7; 3. Denton (M) 71.4. 1600: 1. Salinas (M) 5:06.2; 2. Landon Volpe (SW) 5:13.1. Freshman/Sophomore 4x100 Relay: 1. (M) 50.3; Varsity 4x100 Relay: 1. (M) 46.2 (Raphael Liciaga, Shaw, DeArmour, Quentin Liciaga). Shot put: 2. Dillan Hanslmaier (SW) 37-2. 2000 Steeplechase: 1. (M) Bobby Pape-Laucella 7:58. Varsity 4x400 Relay (M) 4:04.6. High jump: 2. D. Williams 5-6 (M); 3. Corces (M) 5-4. Triple JumpL 1. D. Williams (M) 37-3; 2. Javier Williams (M) 36-10; 3. Corces (M) 34-7.5.
Girls results: Team Scores: 1. Monticello 164; 2. John S. Burked 116; 3. Port Jervis 70; 4. Eldred 21; 5. Livingston Manor/Roscoe 20.
Distance Medley Relay: 2. Monticello 16:02.3. 100 Hurdles: 1. Tiana DeJesus (M) 16.1; 2. Tabitha Smith (Eld) 19.3; 3. Brooke Bull (LM/RCS) 20.0. Freshman/Sophomore Spring Medley Relay: 3. (M) 5:27.3. Varsity Sprint Medley Relay: 1 (M) 4:50.4. Kalene Harris, Meg Cruz, Chelsea Reynolds and Diya Patel. 100: 2. Cruz (M) 13.4. 1500: 2. Gabrielle Brumbaugh (M) 6:01.6; 3. Adisyn Somers 6:03.1. 400 Intermediate Hurdles: 1. DeJesus (M) 68.5; 2. Chloe Brown (M) 83.4; 3. Bull (LM/RCS) 87.4. High Jump: 3. Patel (M) 4-2. Long Jump: 2. Asia Butler (M) 12-3. Shot put: 2. Ella Werbelowski (M) 22-11 ¼. Freshman/Sophomore 4x100 Relay: 1. M) 60.2. (Kalene Harris, Tiara Harris, Brown, Hannah Titus). Varsity 4x400 Relay: 1. (M) (Cruz, Reynolds, T. Harris, DeJesus). 2000 Steeplechase: 1. Patel (M) 7:58. Freshman/Sophomore 4x400: 1. (M) 5:02 (K. Harris, Jessica Hughes, Brown, Megan Bastone). Varsity 4x400 Relay: 1. (M) 4:34.1 (Cruz, Reynolds, Patel, DeJesus). Triple Jump: 3. Smith (Eld) 23-4.
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