For much of the 2008 season, the Westhill boys track and field team lingered in the considerable shadow of Solvay -- but in a short period of time, all that has changed.
First, the Warriors edged past the Bearcats in the OHSL Liberty division meet on May 21 in Marcellus. Then, nine days later on that same Marcellus track, the Warriors lay claim to the Section III Class B-1 championship in impressive style.
Overall, the Warriors with 130 points, comfortably ahead of Holland Patent (93 points), who took second place. Solvay had to settle for fourth place, with 63 points, as Clinton (81 points) slid into third.
Westhill piled up points in distance races, especially the mile, where a 1-2-3 finish yielded 24 points. Andrew Corcoran won, in a time of 4:22.74, while Eric Moore took second place (4:31.10) and Chris Moore finished third, in 4:39.04.
Over in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, Vinny Savastano and Kevin Zych provided a 1-2 finish as Savastano claimed victory in 10:20.73, just ahead of Zych (10:22.43) at the wire. Corcoran added a second in the 3,200-meter run (10:02.83) as Zych finished fifth, while Eric Moore landed in second place in the 800-meter run in 2:01.49.
Moving to the sprints, Pavle Bujanovic delivered a victory in the 400-meter dash, earning a time of 51.18 seconds to hold off South Jefferson's Curtis Wilson (51.64 seconds), as Anthony Legnetto (52.88 seconds) took fourth place. Jesse Krell contributed a fourth-place time of 24.09 seconds in the 200-meter dash and Dymytry Mazuryk was fourth (1:00.49) in the 400 hurdles.
To cap this off, Corcoran, Bujanovic, Eric Moore and Chris Moore got together and, in the 4x800 relay, won in a clocking of 8:18.48, nearly nine seconds ahead of Marcellus at the wire. Westhill was also second in both the 4x100 (45.89 seconds) and 4x400 (3:26.41) relays as Krell, Bujanovic, Mazuryk, Legnetto, Ryan Files, Matt Trendowski and Tom Trendowski got involved.