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Columbia Boys' Indoor Track TeamThe Columbia Boys’ Indoor Track team finished as the Section 2 Division II runner-up to Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake at the Sectional Championships on February 16 at the University at Albany.

This is the first plaque the Columbia Boys’ Indoor Track team has won since they finished as the runner-up in 2001.

The team had several great performances and used scorers from a variety of events. The team was led by sophomore Tyler LoPresti who finished as the sectional champion in the 600 meter dash and as a part of the sectional champion 4×400 relay team with Alec Wright, John Powhida and Dante Albanese.

Tyler LoPresti

Tyler LoPresti at the Sectional Championships.

The relay team of AJ Cozzy, Nick Stagnitta, Bobby Fredericks and Alec Wright also won a sectional championship in the 4×200 meter relay.

Entering the final event, Columbia was in 3rd place and nine points behind Averill Park. The only way Columbia could finish 2nd overall was to win the last event.

“Our guys knew this and loved the challenge that was presented,” said Coach Ryan Jones. “The relay team made up of two sophomores and two juniors went out and took advantage of this opportunity, winning the race and bringing home a plaque.”

LoPresti and Fredericks will be representing Columbia and Section 2 at the NYS Indoor Track Championship Meet on Saturday, March 4 at the Ocean Breeze Track & Field Athletic Complex in Staten Island.