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Westhill holds off J-E, takes OHSL Liberty indoor track title

Beaten by Skaneateles a week earlier at the Section III Class B meet, the Westhill girls indoor track and field team got a chance to equal the score.

During last Monday's Onondaga High School League Liberty division championship meet at Manley Field House, the Warriors would fight its way past the Lakers, plus a strong challenge from Jordan-Elbridge, to take the team title.

In all, Westhill had 97 points, while J-E claimed second place with 83 points ahead of Skaneateles (76 points). Solvay also had a strong showing, finishing fifth with 50 points.

Laura Zimmerman gave Westhill a victory in the 1,000-meter run in a time of 3:07.17, then added a second in the 300-meter dash in 43.69 seconds and was also second in the triple jump with 32 feet 11 inches.

Abby Lee contributed her share of points to the Warriors' cause, too, winning the 55-meter hurdles in 9.60 seconds and teaming with Katie Powers, Briana Newman and Mackenzie Rainone to prevail in the 4x400 relay in 4:23.40, more than three seconds ahead of runner-up Cazenovia. Rainone went on to take fifth (1:56.19) in the 600-meter run.

Powers, on her own, was victorious in the 1,500-meter run in the night's most exciting race, going step for step with Skaneateles' Alexis Mazzeo all the way to the line. In a time of 5:07.37, Powers beat Mazzeo (5:07.38) by one-hundredth of a second.

Lissa DiPaola (12:01.76) and Catherine Coon (12:02.35) were fourth and fifth, respectively, in the 3,000-meter run, and Westhill ran to third in both the 4x800 (10:35.24) and 4x200 (1:55.12) relays.

In field events, Caroline Buonocore cleared 7 feet in the pole vault for third place, as Paula Sanz got third in the shot put with a toss of 24 feet.

J-E had several victories in the course of the night. Katie Darling had two of them, going 33 feet in the triple jump and earning a top long jump of 16 feet 8 1/4 inches as teammate Lyndsay Hollis (15 feet 6 inches) took second place.

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