ITHACA – That Sam Peterman runs at all is a wonder.
That she’s the state’s fifth-best girls 1,000-meter runner is nothing short of remarkable.
The Sweet Home sophomore made the medals stand in her specialty at the state indoor track and field championships on Saturday at Cornell University’s Barton Hall.
Frontier senior McKyla Brooks, the top seed in the girls long jump, finished a close second overall but won the public-school title with a leap of 19 feet, ½ inch. Ebweabi Marie-Jose of Benjamin Cardozo (PSAL) was the overall winner, at 19-1. Then later in the triple jump, Brooks finished seventh overall, sixth among public-school athletes, with a leap of 37-8½.
Challenging for most of the race, Peterman faded from third to fifth over the final lap of the event, won by Rush-Henrietta sophomore and state record-holder Sammy Watson.
But ask Peterman about that final lap, and she won’t remember much. That’s because she was just seconds from fainting.
Peterman has neurocardiogenic syncope, or NCS – a condition that causes a temporary loss of consciousness associated with a drop in arterial blood pressure and a slowed heart rate. Peterman’s father, Dale, said that the condition is triggered when blood collects in her abdomen and cannot circulate back to the brain.
Dale Peterman said he’s been assured by doctors that the condition is not life-threatening and that his daughter is not in danger of making it worse by continuing her running.
Elsewhere for the girls:
• Katrina Patterson of Clarence took fourth in the 3,000 meters, in 10:07.87.
• The Section VI intersectional medley relay quartet of Natalie Cummings, Amy Villarini, Riley Jones and Anna Rybczynski took third in 10:37.89.
• Taylor Thurnherr of Hamburg tied for fifth in the pole vault at 10-6.
• Eighth-grader Jenna Crean of Orchard Park finished fourth in the 300, in 40.50.
Last year, Anthony Hawthorne made his state-meet debut, but the Niagara Falls senior did it in an event he has proven to be not suited for – the 3,200 meters. This year, his coach suggested he try the 600.
“I ran a 1:25 on like a 160-meter track, and my coach is like, ‘That’s just off the section record,’ ” Hawthorne said, “so he just kept putting me in it. It was between this and the 1,000, but I just stuck with the 600.”
Good choice. Hawthorne stuck to his game plan throughout the grueling sprint and crossed the line in 1:22.145, finishing more than a second and a half behind race winner Luke Germanakos of Lynbrook (Section VIII), but just .001 seconds ahead of third-place runner Calvary Rogers of Greece Odyssey (Sect. V).
Junior weight man Colin Blair of Lancaster placed fourth overall, third among public-school athletes, in the shot put with a heave of 58 feet, 3œ inches. He also took seventh in the weight throw at 58-4.
Tyler Becker of Lake Shore placed fourth in the high jump.
Sweet Home’s 4x800 relay team of junior Will Schultz, sophomore Chris Nowak and seniors Matt Penberthy and Mitchell Daddario took third in 8:07.99.