Track Lakers take sectional title, complete running 'triple crown'

The first goal for the Skaneateles girls track and field team was to be undefeated in the regular season. They did that. The second goal was to win the Onondaga High School League Liberty division meet. That came a week ago Wednesday.

As for the third goal, the coveted Section III Class B-1 title, that was attained Thursday in a decisive display of Laker depth, first place finishes, and new career best performances.

Claiming an astounding 10 first-place finishes, the Lakers racked up 166 points, enough to blow past second place South Jefferson by a remarkable 77 points and third place Jordan-Elbridge by 94 points.

Running, jumping and vaulting to 13 new personal best performances, the Lakers saw a new school record in the pole vault and swept two key relays to round out the scoring.

Beginning with the Wednesday night steeplechase vigil held at Canastota High School, Junior Rachel Hosie took first place in the 2,000-meter event in 7:29.5, the first of her three sectional wins.

Hosie led the squad of fellow juniors Alexis Mazzeo, who took fifth in a personal best of 8:05.1, and Taylor Wellington, who also clocked a new personal best of 8:20 for seventh. The Lakers' steeplechase marks ensured the team a slight lead upon entering the continuation of the meet Thursday.

The 4x100 meter relay of sophomore Victoria Sakal, seniors Nina Davidson and Stephanie Wisniewski, and junior Carley Baulick, mastered the handoffs while clocking a seasonal best time of 52.4 seconds to take second behind South Jefferson (51.4 seconds).

Returning from the previous night's steeplechase, Hosie showed no signs of fatigue as she comfortably won the 3,000 in 10:48.9, well ahead of the competition by close to 30 seconds. Wellington, also returning from the steeplechase, took fourth place in 11:39.0, while senior Corey Chapin took fifth in 11:55.7.

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