From the oval to the field events, from sprints to distance events, the Canastota boys track and field team represented itself on all levels to earn the Section III Class B-2 championship.
In the B-2 meet held last Friday at Marcellus High School, the Raiders earned 149 points, holding off Clinton (131 points) in a spirited duel for the top spot. Adirondack took third place with 98 points.
As expected, Canastota's distance runners earned lots of points. Robbie Argentine won three individual events, including the mile, where he posted a time of 4:30.91, and the 3,200-meter run, where he finished in 10:27.56, more than 11 seconds ahead of the field.
Argentine also cleared 5 feet 10 inches to win the high jump by two inches and, for good measure, served as anchor on the Raiders' 4x800 relay team as he helped Nick Darcangelo, Alex Spara and Jason Rice win in 8:31.91, beating Adirondack (8:35.10) by more than three seconds.
Aaron Walker earned his victory in the 800-meter run, finishing in 2:01.44 as Spara took fourth place (2:06.93) and Darcangelo (2:08.23) finished fifth.
In addition, Walker was third in both the mile (4:36.96) and 3,200 (10:41.16) behind Argentine, and he teamed with Darcangelo, Rice and Dan Sandford to take the 4x400 relay in 3:36.22, with Adirondack (3:38.04) again in second.
Alex Lang had his big moment in the 400-meter hurdles, earning a victory in 59.33 seconds, as he was the lone B-2 competitor to break the one-minute mark. That helped Lang atone for a false start that cost him a chance to win the 110 high hurdles.
Lang also was second in the long jump with a leap of 19 feet 8 1/4 inches and third in the triple jump, going 39 feet 10 1/4 inches, with Chris Barnhart (38 feet 3 3/4 inches) in fifth. Jeff Willis engaged in a great pole-vault duel with Adirondack's Andre Adkins, but came out on top by clearing 13 feet 6 inches as Adkins (13 feet) was second. Also, Willis helped the Raiders' 4x100 relay team finish fifth in 47.47 seconds.