Girls track Bears finish third at OHSL Freedom meet

Chittenango's track and field teams got to serve as hosts for last Tuesday's annual Onondaga High School League Freedom division championships.

The Bears would contend on the girls side, earning 103 points for third place, just behind runner-up Phoenix (106 points) as Jamesville-DeWitt won with 203 points.

Katrina Karbowniczak notched Chittenango's lone victory, in the pentathlon, where she picked up 1,799 points to finish comfortably ahead of J-D's Danielle Doss (1,604 points) as Ashley Slater finished fifth.

Otherwise, the Bears had a lot of runner-up efforts, two of them from Courtney Dyer. In the 100-meter dash, Dyer (13.14 seconds) was just behind J-D's Marae Tearney (13.09 seconds), while she also got second in the 200-meter dash in 27.35 seconds. Kristina Gorden was fourth in the 100 and sixth in the 200.

As if that wasn't enough, Dyer, Alyssa Giarosso, Meredith Furtado and Kelsey Pudney ran to second in the 4x100 relay in 52.49 seconds, with J-D (52.05 seconds) again in front. In the 4x400, Dyer, Furtado, Kaitlyn Alongi and Theresa Parascondola got second place in 4:25.74, as the Bears took fourth (10:50.51) in the 4x800.

Brittany Tirabassi jumped in with her own second-place effort in the 400-meter hurdles (1:15.55), with teammate Camen Hunn (1:20.17) in third place. Tirabassi added a third in the 100 high hurdles (18.38 seconds) and a sixth in the high jump.

Over in field events, Alyssa Endres was third in the discus (79 feet 8 inches) as Katherine Milliman got third in the long jump, going 14 feet 4 inches. Heather Knapp cleared 7 feet 6 inches for third in the pole vault and Hunn earned fourth (29 feet 11 inches) in the triple jump.

Hannah Murphy had the best finish in distance events, a third in the 2,000-meter steeplechase in 8:37.04, in addition to a sixth in the 3,000 as Jordan Donnelly took sixth (2:40.53) in the 800.

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