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Solvay track sweeps Marcellus, Ludden

Continuing to establish itself as the OHSL Liberty division favorite, the Solvay boys track and field team swept last Tuesday's three-way meet with Marcellus and Bishop Ludden.

The Bearcats ripped the Mustangs 95-49, and took out the Gaelic Knights 99-32, behind a series of top individual efforts.

Mike Acchione won a closer 200-meter dash in 23.5 seconds, posted a top triple jump of 38 feet 7 inches, and nearly got a dead heat with teammate Greg Manning in the 400-meter dash, each of them finishing in 53 seconds flat.

In other field events, Jason Conners threw the shot put 45 feet 1 inch, Thomas Hook cleared 8 feet 6 inches in the pole vault, Ben Pucello tossed the discus 126 feet and John Mossotti had a top long jump of 18 feet 9 3/4 inches.

On the oval, Mossotti added a 110-meter high hurdles victory in 15.9 seconds. Brendan Holiday prevailed in the 100-meter dash in 11.4 seconds, backed up by Manning and Calvin Howard, who needed 1:03.4 to win the 400-meter hurdles.

Solvay swept the relays. Manning, Acchione, Mike Bova and Alex Nappi combined to take the 4x400 (3:42.1), while the victorious 4x100 (47.1 seconds) and 4x800 (9:06.2) units involved Nappi, Dan Sheridan, Mark Waldron, Jason Maselli, Ben Carl, Tyler Grim and Juan Rivera-Ramos.

In the girls meet, Solvay had no trouble beating Bishop Ludden 117-9, but took a close 69-61 loss to Marcellus.

Christine Armstrong showed her all-around ability, winning four times. She ran the 100-meter high hurdles in 17.2 seconds, then turned to field events, where she was first in the long jump (13 feet 7 inches), shot put (27 feet 4 inches) and discus (69 feet 3 inches).

Katlin Perotti and Maggie Klasen completed a Solvay sweep of field events, as Perotti took the triple jump (28 feet 4 inches) and Klasen cleared 4 feet 6 inches in the high jump.

Solvay also had two relay titles. Amanda Lombardi, Ashley Ramirez, Rebecca Balduzzi and Kim Venuti combined to take the 4x100 (53.8 seconds), while Jessica Goodrich and Lauren Klasen joined Venuti and Ramirez as the Bearcats took the 4x400 relay in 4:37.9.

On Wednesday, the Bearcats will meet archrival Westhill, with the boys OHSL Liberty title at stake.

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