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Westhill girls win Class B track title

When it looks back, the Westhill girls indoor track and field team will not dwell upon the laundry list of weather delays that nearly sabotaged the 2006-07 season.

Instead, the Warriors can proudly boast about the Section III Class B championship it earned last Wednesday night at Manley Field House.

In that sectional meet, delayed a week by the Valentine's Day snowstorm, the Warriors earned 99 points, nearly twice the number of Solvay, who got second place with 51 points. Jordan-Elbridge tied for 11th, with 16 points.

Westhill set a winning tone in the 4x400 relay when Mackenzie Rainone, Bethany Dickinson, Caroline Buonocore and Carolyn Clark combined for a time of 4:25.23, nearly three seconds ahead of runner-up Cazenovia.

The Warriors went 1-2 in the 1,500-meter run, as Laura Zimmerman claimed the race in a time of 4:55.68 and Brittany Pelsue was second (4:56.43), less than a second behind. Zimmerman had a fourth-place long jump of 15 feet 4 1/4 inches. Elena Mangano took the pole vault, the only athlete to clear 8 feet.

Emily Owen achieved solo success in the 600-meter run, winning in a time of 1:41.37, more than three seconds ahead of Chittenango's Michelle Brandt, and was also second in the triple jump (32 feet 2 1/2 inches).

Abby Lee added a title in the 55-meter hurdles, winning in 9.65 seconds to edge out Solvay's Rebecca Quick, who was second in 9.68 seconds.

Owen, Lee, Lissa DiPaola and Katie Powers teamed up to claim victory in the 4x800 relay in 10:25.54, while Pelsue, Rainone, Dickinson and Buonocore got second place (1:56.98) in the 4x200 relay.

Solvay won that 4x200 event by the narrow margin of 0.09 seconds. Quick, Amy Finch, Jessica Goodrich and Rebecca Balduzzi combined for that top time of 1:56.89 to fend off the Warriors and help toward the Bearcats' second-place finish in the team Class B standings.

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