Competing in some of the best conditions possible -- sun, comfortable temperatures, low humidity -- the Jamesville-DeWitt and East Syracuse-Minoa track and field teams engaged in a close duel last Wednesday afternoon.
Each side would leave the event with a victory. J-D's boys toppled the Spartans 73-68, while the ESM girls held off the Red Rams 75-66.
To get the boys victory, J-D had to win two of the three relays. Chris Zaferes, Vinnie Graham, Alfredo Justiz and Mark Smith got together to win the 4x100 (46.6 seconds), while Jon Boll and Bryan Daley joined Zaferes and Graham to give the Rams the 4x400 victory in 3:51.8.
Individually, Adam Tyson and Mychal Weekes stood out for the Rams. Tyson ran the 110-meter high hurdles in 17.2 seconds, and cleared 11 feet 6 inches to continue his domination of the pole vault.
Weekes, meanwhile, cleared 5 feet 10 inches in the high jump, this following a victory in the discus where he threw it 113 feet 5 inches.
Graham needed 56.9 seconds to prevail at 400 meters, while Justiz took first place in the long jump, going 18 feet 8 1/2 inches to do so.
ESM had its share of stars, too, including Arnes Hadzic, who backed up his 100-meter victory (11.2 seconds) by going 38 feet 2 inches in the triple jump.
Zach Johnson won the 400-meter hurdles (1:06.3), and ESM swept the distance races as Jeff Sweeney (mile, 4:56.7), Craig Andrianos (800 meters, 2:12.8) and Nick Sadlocha (3,200 meters, 10:44.1) all prevailed. Sweeney, Andrianos, Sadlocha and Johnson teamed to take the 4x800 relay in 9:04.6.
Meanwhile, in the girls meet between ESM and J-D, the Spartans' top distance runner, Leah Andrianos, got her team moving with wins in the 3,000-meter run (11:06.0) and 1,500-meter run, where she recorded a time of 5:26.5. Andrianos also won the 200-meter dash in 28.1 seconds.