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Solvay, Westhill track both win league titles

In a three-way track-and-field meet with a lot of stakes (including some local bragging rights), the Solvay boys and Westhill girls both walked away with OHSL Liberty division titles.

On the girls side, the Warriors held off Skaneateles by a single point, 71-70, as it took out the Bearcats 85-55. Meanwhile, the Solvay boys won its first-place duel with Westhill in a 101-40 romp while also beating the Lakers 90-50.

The girls victory for Westhill depended on one race -- the 4x400 relay. Trailing Skaneateles at that point, the Warriors needed a win, and got it when Brittany Pelsue, Emily Ondrejka, Abbey Lee and Emily Owen put up a time of 4:11.2 to beat the Lakers by nearly three seconds.

Before that, Ondrejka prevailed in the 400-meter dash (1:01.9), as Elena Mangano cleared 9 feet to win the pole vault. Already, Westhill had won the 4x800 relay as Ondrejka, Pelsue, Katie Lenkiewicz and Danielle Rafte hit a time of 10:19.1.

Solvay asserted itself in the girls meet, too, as Maggie Klasen took the high jump (4 feet 8 inches) and Kaitlin Perotti earned a top triple jump of 30 feet 8 inches. In the 4x100, Rebecca Balduzzi, Kim Venuti, Ashley Ramirez and Amanda Lombardi combined to win in a time of 1:10.4.

The boys meet turned in the sprints, where Solvay cleaned up at Westhill's expense.

Mike Acchione, in particular, was unstoppable, winning three times. He ran the 100-meter dash in 11.1 seconds, took the 200-meter dash in 23.1 seconds (just ahead of teammate Songtha Cosby) and claimed the 400 in 51.3 seconds, edging out Westhill's Pavle Bujanovic.

As that was going on, John Mossotti was winning the 110-meter high hurdles (16 seconds flat) and Calvin Howard took the 400 hurdles (1:01.8), holding off fellow Bearcat Mike Bova (1:01.9) in a 1-2 sweep.

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