Over the week of June 7th, 2021, the Fort Plain – OESJ boys track and field team ran, jumped and threw their way to a fourth place finish at Sectionals. They competed against 13 other teams and scored a total of 54 points.
The scoring of points came from a variety of different places. For team running events, the 4 x 800 team of Clayton Welch, Armand Root, Michael Harris and Michael Green finished fourth. The 4 x 400 team of Estee Smith, Armand Root, Clayton Welch and Seth Richardson finished third.
Individual running events saw several standout performances. Armand Root finished third in the 400 meter hurdles with a time of 1:04.92. Clayton Welch ran the 400 meter dash in 53.37 seconds and was crowned Sectional Champion in that event.
The Fort Plain field event athletes also had their share of success. Seth Richardson won the pole vault competition. Howie Kelley threw the shot put 39 feet 9.5 inches and took second place. His personal best throw was less than three inches away from the first place competitor. Kelley also became a Sectional champion with a discus throw of 112 feet and 10 inches.
The track coaches congratulate all of their athletes on a job well done this season. In a less-than-normal year, these athletes worked hard and stayed focused. Their success was evident at Sectionals!
-submitted by Brad Niles