Laker girls track rolls past J-E, Marcellus

In a decisive display of first place finishes, Skaneateles girls track and field improved its standing to 5-1 in the OHSL Liberty division last Wednesday, winning a total of 16 out of 17 events.

Competing at home for the last time prior to construction work on the track and football fields, the Lakers easily bested Jordan-Elbridge 199-21 and Marcellus 118-25.

Juniors Carly Strods (2:32.5) and Amanda Gray (2:30.2) combined with seniors Beatrice Walton (2:31.7) and Christie Barnett (2:32.2) to win the 4x800 meter relay in 10:06.4. The Lakers took second place as well in 10:40 with the all-senior relay team of Alexis Mazzeo, Kelsey Eshleman, Allison Goetzmann, and Taylor Wellington. .

Senior Chelsea Scholz stole the 100 meter hurdles in 18.7 seconds while junior Victoria Sakal swept the 100 meter dash in 12.8 seconds, just ahead of senior Carley Baulick who timed in with a personal best of 13.5 seconds.

Sakal and Baulick returned in the 4x100 meter dash with junior Cassie Berg and freshman Kayla Fiutak to win in 53.3 seconds. Sakal also won the 200 meter dash in 26.8 seconds with Berg just back at 27.6 seconds for second.

Finishing alongside junior teammate Grace van der Ven (5:00.4), senior Rachel Hosie showed no lingering signs of a nagging hamstring as she clocked 4:59.9 for first place in the 1,500-meter run. Later, Hosie also won the 3,000-meter run in 11:55.2.

Junior Eileen Ford won the 400 meter dash in 1:02.4 while Amanda Gray took second in 1:04.2. Barnett returned to win the 400-meter hurdles in 71.3 seconds while Walton returned in the 800 meter run for second place behind JE's Nicole Darling.

In the final event the Lakers again posted two top relay teams in the 4x400 meter dash. Berg (1:03.6), Sakal (1:02.1), Barnett (1:03.2) and Ford (1:04.5) timed in at a seasonal best of 4:13.2, good for third place on the current Section III leaderboard. Just back in second, van der Ven, Gray, Walton, and Mazzeo clocked 4:22.6.

Ford won the triple jump in a personal record bound of 32 feet 3 1/2 inches while van der Ven leaped 14 feet 5 1/2 inches for the win in the long jump. Sophomore Gabrielle Eckles won the high jump in 4 feet 10 inches.

Senior Madison Eckles, currently ranked third in Section III in the pole vault, cleared nine feet to easily win the event. Sophomore Caroline Walton threw 87 feet 8 1/2 in the discus and 30 feet in the shot put to win both events.

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