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Oneida boys track wins home invitational

Far ahead of anyone else, the Oneida boys track and field team roared to victory in the invitational meet it hosted on a sultry Friday night.

When it was done, the Indians had 92 points, well clear of a 22-team field as Canastota (59 points) outlasted Holland Patent (56.5) and Fayetteville-Manlius (54) for the runner-up spot. Vernon Verona Sherrill was fifth with 51 points.

No one would touch Pat McLaughlin in hurdle events. He broke 15 seconds (14.97, to be exact) and easily won the 110-meter high hurdles, then turned around and ran the 400 hurdles in 57.50 seconds to beat Sauquoit Valley's Ricky Shorette by more than a second. Jeff Barres was fourth in 59.45 seconds.

In all, McLaughlin won three times, taking the long jump by going 20 feet 7 inches and also claiming third (41 feet 8 3/4 inches) in the triple jump, too.

Continuing a duel from a meet earlier in the week, Mike Rabbitt twice won in sprints, claiming the 200-meter dash (23.15) by half a second over VVS's Tyler Curtis as he found time to win the high jump, too, the only competitor to clear 6 feet.

In the 400-meter dash, Rabbitt won again, edging out the Red Devils' Matt Femia by one-hundredth of a second, 50.31 seconds to 50.32. Femia's teammate, Neal Fahey, was third in 52.07 seconds.

Jeb Stewart earned third place in the mile in 4:41.91 and helped the Indians take third in the 4x800 relay (8:57.54), its best relay finish of the night.

Eric Riley earned 2,706 points for third place in the pentathlon. Ricky Rossi was fifth in the pole vault, clearing 10 feet, as Matt Gillmeister landed in sixth in both the shot put and discus.

VVS saw Curtis beat the field in the 100-meter dash, winning in 11.53 seconds as Holland Patent's Brad Ashcroft finished second in 11.68 seconds.

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