As it stands right now, the Solvay boys track and field team is on a path toward a showdown with archrival Westhill May 14 with the OHSL Liberty division regular-season championship on the line.
The Bearcats took a major step toward that reality by roaring past Bishop Ludden 99-40 and Marcellus 84-57 in last Wednesday's three-way meet on the Mustangs' new home track. Both Solvay and Westhill sit at 4-0 in league competition. Ludden also lost to Marcellus, 89-50.
With lots of stars on hand, the Bearcats did not sit quietly. Mike Acchione engaged in a great 400-meter hurdles duel with Marcellus standout Matt Weeks, pulling it out in the end as Acchione finished with 58.3 seconds, just ahead of Weeks (58.4 seconds).
Also, Acchione won the triple jump, going 40 feet 2 3/4 inches, while Jason Conners threw the shot put 52 feet 11 1/2 inches.
Solvay took two of the three relays. Greg Manning, Paul DelPrato, Will Hnatko and Jeremy Parker worked together to win the 4x800 in 8:23.7, while Parker and DelPrato also helped Casey Pucello and Conor Halton prevail in the 4x400 in 3:49 flat.
Ludden had its share of good moments, too. Wendall Williams won the high jump, clearing 6 feet 2 inches, and was a close second (11.2 seconds) to Marcellus' Mike Quercia (11.1 seconds) in the 100-meter dash. In the triple jump, Williams went 40 feet 1 1/2 inches, just behind Acchione.
Daquan Grobsmith earned first place in the long jump, going 21 feet 5 1/2 inches, as Steve Barrett threw the discus 123 feet 7 1/2 inches. Williams, Grobsmith and Omar Osbourne all helped Ludden's 4x100 relay team win in 44.9 seconds.
In the girls meet at Marcellus, Solvay also pulled off a sweep, beating Marcellus 71-66 and rolling past Ludden 93-29.