Gobeyn third in 3,000

By Stacy Sofia
Democrat and Chronicle  SYRACUSE, N.Y. (March 11, 2001)

Williamson freshman Vanessa Gobeyn, ranked sixth in the state, pulled ahead and placed third in the 3,000-meter run at the state indoor track championships in the Syracuse Carrier Dome yesterday.

Gobeyn started in the pack, but as eventual winner Michelle Wale (Pine Bush-Section XI) pulled ahead and the runners began to split up, with Gobeyn toward the front. On the final lap, Gobeyn lapped two runners and came in at a personal-best 10 minutes, 20.10 seconds, 1.34 seconds after second-place finisher Nicole Blood (Saratoga-II).

"I went out too fast," Gobeyn said. "There were a lot of people in front of me. I was tired."

Gobeyn won the 3000 in the Section V Meet of Champions last Saturday at 10:23.35.

Byron-Bergen pole vaulter Robyn Mroz, seeded third in the state, failed to clear 10 feet. Her seeded jump was 10-7. On her first attempt, Mroz hit the bar at 9-6, then missed her next two jumps at 10 feet.

Penfield freshman Vanessa Love-McCarthy placed third in the 1,500 in 4:49.01. She was seeded at fourth at 4:49.70.

"I felt pretty confident," she said. "I was excited and pretty nervous. I felt really hard. It was a tough race, but I was really happy with my time."

This was Love-McCarthy's first trip to the state competition. She placed second in both Section V outdoor races she tried for last year. She was happy to get her first state competition out of the way, though.

"I think it will relieve some of the tension," she said.

Love-McCarthy won the Section V Meet of Champions with a time of 4:57.06.

Love-McCarthy also anchored Penfield's 4-by-800 relay, which finished second at 9:36.73.

"I was very happy with our 4-by-800," she said. "It was our best time this season."

Edison senior Charisse Everett finished fourth in the 55-meter dash at 7.32 seconds. Everett placed 11th in the preliminary races at 7.5, but came back and finished seventh in the semifinals at 7.34.

Everett is ranked seventh in the state with a time of 7.32.

"In trials, I had a bad start," Everett said.

In the finals, she found her mark.

"I think I did well," Everett said. "It was really fun."

Everett appeared at states last year, but did not finish in the top 10.

"I guess I needed more experience," she said. "I did a lot better this year."