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Falconer/Cassadaga Valley’s Devin Austin clears the bar in the high jump during the New York State Public High School Athletic Association and Federation track and field championships Saturday at Cicero-North Syracuse High School.
OBSERVER Photo by Tim Frank

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CICERO — Falconer/Cassadaga Valley’s Devin Austin had high expectations for himself at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association and New York State Federation track and field championships at Cicero-North Syracuse High School this weekend.

After just missing out on the finals in the triple jump and long jump, it was left to Austin’s best event — the high jump — to make the podium on Saturday. Just a few months ago at the indoor state meet, Austin won the Division 2 high jump by reaching a height of 6 feet, 5 inches and this weekend he expected to get back on the podium.

“They all were a welcome experience,” Austin said about the events he competed in this weekend. “While I didn’t do as well as I wanted, they were still a nice experience. I met a lot of familiar faces from indoor and it was just a great experience.”

Austin battled the outside elements and hit a height of 6 feet, 2 inches, which earned him a fourth-place medal in Division 2 and 10th overall among all of the high jumpers in New York.

“I want to thank my parents,” Austin said about those who helped get him to where he is. “Support is always welcomed and helpful. Even if it’s just the pat on the back, it goes a long way in the end.”

Where Austin’s expectations were to make the podium, Randolph sophomore Roan Kelly exceeded his own expectations in the 1,600 meters. Kelly’s first taste of states resulted in him snatching a second-place medal in Division 2, running a time of 4:17.02 in his heat.

“It’s crazy,” Kelly said about finding a spot on the podium. “I was not expecting this, even close. I was thinking 4:40s or 4:30s at the beginning of the year, this has been a huge surprise. It feels great medaling in the first one.”

Like most distance runners, Kelly also competes in cross country in the fall and credits running those long distances with his success on the track.

“It’s helped a great ton,” Kelly stated. “Just running constantly, slowly, but surely every day working my time down.”

While Kelly ran one of the longer races at the meet, Clymer/Sherman/Panama’s Gerald Carris had the longest weekend competing in the pentathlon. Carris’ weekend began early Friday morning and wrapped up on Saturday afternoon with him on the podium.

“It was definitely a great experience, I was looking for the experience more than anything,” Carris said about his expectations. “It’s my first time being at states for any sport, so I just had a lot of fun out here.”

Competing side-by-side with the best athletes from the private schools, Division 1 and Division 2, helped bring the very best out of Carris.

“I feel in track it pushes you harder when you’re here,” Carris said. “I …….

Source: https://www.observertoday.com/sports/local-sports/2022/06/podium-performances/

Falconer/Cassadaga Valley’s Devin Austin clears the bar in the high jump during the New York State Public High School Athletic Association and Federation track and field championships Saturday at Cicero-North Syracuse High School.
OBSERVER Photo by Tim Frank

CICERO — Falconer/Cassadaga Valley’s Devin Austin had high expectations for himself at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association and New York State Federation track and field championships at Cicero-North Syracuse High School this weekend.

After just missing out on the finals in the triple jump and long jump, it was left to Austin’…….

Falconer/Cassadaga Valley’s Devin Austin clears the bar in the high jump during the New York State Public High School Athletic Association and Federation track and field championships Saturday at Cicero-North Syracuse High School.
OBSERVER Photo by Tim Frank

CICERO — Falconer/Cassadaga Valley’s Devin Austin had high expectations for himself at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association and New York State Federation track and field championships at Cicero-North Syracuse High School this weekend.

After just missing out on the finals in the triple jump and long jump, it was left to Austin’…….

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