The local teams didn’t have the biggest showing at the Mid-Hudson Athletic League track and field championships, but individual athletes from Red Hook and Rhinebeck did have some outstanding moments.
At the finals held at FDR High School’s “Oval Office” on May 18, the Rhinebeck boys came in ninth of 15 teams competing, but Brandt Slayton, Seth McClenahan, and Nir Lavi-Romer put up numbers for the Hawks. Slayton came in third in the boys 400m dash with a time of 50.80; Lavi-Romer came in third in the boys 400m with a time of 2:04.30, and McClenahan came in third in the boys triple jump with a jump of 12.61m. The boys 4x400m team was the Hawks’ only first-place finish, winning with a 3:34.90.
Barr Lavi-Romer put the Lady Hawks on her back in the girls competition, in which Rhinebeck came in 13 out of 15 teams. Lavi-Romer was first in the pentathlon 100m hurdles with a time of 17.90, first in the pentathlon high jump with a jump of 1.47m, and third in the pentathlon long jump with 4.42.
Red Hook’s Lady Raiders came in 10th overall, but got a smattering of top-five finishes. Rachel Seymour came in fifth in the girls 400m with a time of 1:01.60; Kaitlin McGovern came in second in the 3000m with a time of 11:12.10. The Raider girls scored a fourth-place finish in the 4×400 with a time of 10:58.00, and a second-place finish in the freshman/sophomore 1600m sprint medley with a time of 5:01.40.
Nick LaBarbera and Tim Kiluba anchored the Red Hook Raider boys, who finished 10th in the competition, out of 15 competitors.
LaBarbera came in first in the boys 400m dash with a time of 49.30, and second in the 200m dash with a time of 22.50. Kiluba came in second in the long jump with a jump of 6.42m.
At the Section 9, Class B/C championships, at Dietz Stadium on May 21, LaBarbera had another stellar day: he won the Class B 400m dash with a time of 49.69, and came in second in the 200m dash with a 22.88 after winning the preliminary. The Raider boys finished 18th out of 22 teams competing.
The Lady Raiders fared one spot better, with a 17th place finish, and they had three top-five finishes: Caitlin Schmitz came in second in the long jump with a jump of 17-01.50, McGovern came in fourth in the 3000m with a time of 11:20.59, and the 4×400 crew came in fourth with a time of 4:25.24.
For the Rhinebeck girls, who finished 19th in Class C, Lavi-Romer came in first in the Class C 800m with a time of 2:41.54, first in the high jump with a jump of 1.36, second in the 100m hurdles with a time of 19.23, and second in the long jump with a jump of 4.19m. Eliza Clarke placed second in the 800 with a time of 2:46.11, second in the high jump with a jump of 1.35m, and fourth in the 100m hurdles with a 20.26.
For the Rhinebeck boys, who finished in 10th place: Nir Lavi-Romer finished the 800m in first with a time of 2:02.70. Brandt Slayton finished first in the 400m with a 50.99, and Alexander Slayton finished fourth with a time of 53.12. Chris Cassano came in third in the 200m with a time of 24.13, and fourth in 100m dash with an 11.93. Seth McClenahan came in fourth in the triple jump with a jump of 40.03 and second in the triple jump with a jump of 19-06.25. The Hawks put on a clinic in the relays, winning the 4x400m with a time of 3:36.54 and coming in third in the 4x100m with a 46.72.