Track Lakers shine at early meets

The Skaneateles girls track and field team recorded many strong efforts during last Wednesday's Tully Spring Break Invitational, with Christie Barnett standing out.

First, Barnett worked her way to victory in the 400-meter dash in a time of 1:02.4, edging past Connie Torres (Liverpool) by four-tenths of a second.

Moving on, Barnett went to the 400-meter hurdles and found more success, winning in 1:08.5 as she was the lone competitor to break the 1:10 mark in this race. Barnett also finished third in the 100-meter high hurdles in 17.8 seconds.

Skaneateles gained second place in the sprint medley relay in 4:32.6 as CBA (4:19.6) won and broke its own school record. The Lakers were also third in the 4x400 relay in 4:18.9.

Caroline Walton finished second in the discus, tossing it 90 feet 4 inches, while Madison Eckles claimed second in the pole vault as she cleared 9 feet.

Moving on, the Lakers went to Saturday's Jordan-Elbridge Invitational, where Barnett -- and her teammates - again made a big impact, including a sweep of the relays.

In the 400 hurdles, Barnett improved her time to 1:07.52 for another big win. She then went to the 800-meter run and, in a time of 2:24.3, set a new J-E track record while beating the Eagles' Nicole Darling by 1.3 seconds.

Rachel Hosie, Bea Walton, Grace Vanderven and Amanda Gray paired together in the 4x800 relay as the Lakers, in a clocking of 9:48.3, built a margin of 11.1 seconds over second-place Baldwinsville.

Over in the 4x100 relay, the Lakers' quartet of Victoria Sakal, Carley Baulick, Kaela Fuitar and Cassie Berg recorded a time of 53.2 seconds to beat Mexico (54.6 seconds) and the rest of the field.

To cap off the relay sweep, Walton, Berg, Vanderven and Gray got together and, in the 4x400 relay, won in 4:18.2.

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