Though it got a bit of a late start, the Solvay boys track and field team has embraced the challenge a more crowded schedule has forced upon them.
Back on April 21, the Bearcats went to the Ilion Coed Relays and contended for the title, earning 103 points, second only to Rome Free Academy's total of 118 points.
Solvay prevailed in the 4x200 relay in a time of 1:33.2 and also won the high jump with combined leaps of 16 feet.
In the coed portion of the meet, Solvay took the pentathlon as Christine Armstrong and John Mossotti combined for 4,225 points, and the Bearcats also beat the field in the coed middle distance relay in 6:55.4. With 182 total points, Solvay was second to RFA (210 points) when points on both sides were added up.
With this as a background, the boys Bearcats plunged into OHSL Liberty division action last Tuesday at home, beating Jordan-Elbridge 104-37 and pummeling Cazenovia by a 105-32 margin.
Mossotti won twice, taking the 110 high hurdles (16.2 seconds) and long jump (18 feet 9 inches), while Mike Acchione beat the field in the 100-meter dash in 11.2 seconds and ran the 400 hurdles in under a minute -- 59.6 seconds, to be exact.
In other field events, Victor Young cleared 6 feet to win the high jump, as Jason Conners took the shot put (47 feet 1 inch) and Ben Pucello flung the discus 114 feet 11 inches to win that event.
Brendan Holiday, who won the 200-meter dash (23.5 seconds), teamed with Alex Nappi, Casey Pucello and Greg Manning to take the 4x400 relay in 3:43.3. Jeremy Parker, Will Hnatko, Paul DelPrato and Dan Sheridan teamed up as Solvay took the 4x800 relay in 9:01.9.
J-E had just two wins. Jeff Donohue took the 3,200-meter run in a time of 10:44.5, while Jake Griffin, Nick Piedmonte, Jason Lazore and Zac Darling worked together to take the 4x100 relay in 49.4 seconds. Andy DeGray cleared 5 feet 10 inches in the high jump.