Spartans top J-D for OHSL Freedom track title

With Adam Groesbeck tearing up the sprints, plus enough help in other places, the East Syracuse-Minoa boys track and field team earned top honors at last Tuesday's OHSL Freedom division championship meet in Chittenango.

By the time all the scores were added up, the Spartans had 111 points, just ahead of Phoenix (96 points) as Jamesville-DeWitt (93.5 points) grabbed third place in a tightly bunched field.

Groesbeck would speed to victory in the 400-meter dash in 51.87 seconds and also took the 200-meter dash in 23.29 seconds. He was also fifth in the 100-meter dash (12.03 seconds).

Arnes Hadzic would gain his own pile of points, running to second in the 100 (11.64 seconds) and third in the 200 (24.56 seconds), and backing that up with fourth-place finishes in both the long jump (19 feet 4 1/2 inches) and triple jump (38 feet 8 3/4 inches).

Zach Johnson earned third place in the 110-meter high hurdles (17.03 seconds) and was third in the 400 hurdles (1:02.35), t0o.

This consistency spilled over into distance races, where Jeff Sweeney ran to second in the mile (4:44.35) and gained third place in the 3,200-meter run in 10:29.17. His teammate, Nick Sadlocha, grabbed the runner-up spot in the 3,200 in 10:24.20 and was sixth (4:53.29) in the mile. Pete Ferstler added a third-place time of 12:04.13 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.

Greg Lothridge earned fifth place in the triple jump (38 feet), just behind Hadzic, and got sixth in the high jump (5 feet 4 inches), as Zach Van Auken earned fourth place in the pentathlon, earning 2,224 points.

ESM did not win any relay, but it did earn second place in both the 4x800 (8:48.97) and 4x400 (3:43.12), adding two more points by taking fifth (47.95 seconds) in the 4x100 relay.

J-D contended by winning four different events. Alfredo Justiz got two of them on his own, running the 100 in 11.49 seconds to edge past Hadzic and also winning the long jump, going 20 feet 5 1/4 inches.

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