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Track Lakers sweep OHSL Liberty meet

Disregarding what the final regular-season standings showed, both Skaneateles track and field teams worked their way to the top and pulled off a sweep at last Tuesday's OHSL Liberty Division championship meet at Marcellus High School.

In the girls meet, the Lakers pulled far away from regular-season champion Christian Brothers Academy, earning 163 points to the Brothers' 113.

And while the boys meet proved extraordinarily close, Skaneateles pulled it out with 109.5 points, just ahead of Westhill (105 points) and Marcellus (104 points), and well clear of Solvay (86.5 points), who, like Westhill, beat the Lakers six days earlier.

Rachel Hosie dominated distance running, as she won the 1,500-meter run in 4:51.47, then took the 3,000-meter run in 10:53.72.

Christie Barnett added her own title by winning the 400-meter hurdles in 1:07.71, beating the field by more than two seconds, while Alexis Mazzeo earned second in the 2,000-meter steeplechase in 8:23.34.

Skaneateles also won two of the three relays. Barnett, Amanda Gray, Eileen Ford and Carly Strods claimed the 4x400 in 4:13.61, while Strods, Beatrice Walton, Grace VanderVen and Kelsey Eshleman claimed the 4x800 in 10:00.06.

Gabby Eckles won the high jump, clearing 5 feet 1 inches, as Madison Eckles soared past 9 feet 6 inches to take first place in the pole vault. Caroline Walton won the discus, tossing it 92 feet 8 inches, and got second (31 feet 7 1/4 inches) in the shot put.

Even when CBA's Melissa Zajdel swept through the sprints, Skaneateles made up for it by high finishes that added up to 40 points.

Victoria Sakal earned second in both the 100-meter dash (13.23 seconds) and 200-meter dash (27.40 seconds), with Cassie Berg just behind Sakal as she got third in the 200 in 27.59 seconds.

Ford (1:01.21) and Barnett (1:01.80) were second and third, respectively, in the 400-meter dash as Sakal, Carley Baulick, Kaela Fiutak and Cassie Berg got second (52.86 seconds) in the 4x100 relay. Ford went on to take third in the triple jump (31 feet 6 1/4 inches), while VanderVen had a third-place long jump of 15 feet 1 inch.

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