ENDICOTT, N.Y. >> New Paltz High’s Dagi Tadesse captured the area’s only gold medal at this weekend’s New York State Athletic Association track and field championships.


Tadesse won the Division 2 pole vault to lead local athletes. Silver medals were won by Wallkill’s Richard Samuels and Ellenville’s Wesley Cruz, while Kingston’s Jayson Hines and the Rhinebeck girls 1600 relay team captured bronze.

The New Paltz senior cleared 15-feet on his second attempt, placing first in Division 2 and taking fourth overall, in the vault. He missed on three tries at 15-3.

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