Oneida boys track rules as Class A champs

Whether it won the events or not, the Oneida boys track and field team knew it had enough star power to outshine everyone else in last Friday's Section III Class A championship meet at Canastota High School.

Led again by Mike Rabbitt and Pat McLaughlin, the Indians finished on top, earning 113 points to outlast 15 other opponents.

Fulton was second, with 88 points, while Jamesville-DeWitt (85 points) had to settle for third place. Vernon Verona Sherrill, with 48 points, landed in sixth place.

Rabbitt earned three individual titles. In the 200-meter dash, Rabbitt prevailed in 22.72 seconds, the only sub-23 second 200, and he also held off New Hartford's Greg Sholtzhauer in the 400-meter dash with a season-best time of 49.54 seconds.

And in a close high jump competition, Rabbitt proved to be the only competitor who could clear 6 feet 1 inches as J-D's Mychal Weekes and Fulton's Rob Jackowski stopped at 6 feet.

McLaughlin wasn't quiet either, though he won just once, in the 110-meter high hurdles, posting the best Section III time of the season with 14.57 seconds.

In the 400-meter hurdles, McLaughlin posted 57.28 seconds, but watched Phoenix's Mitchell Switzer rip off 55.55 seconds (the best sectional time this spring) to win it.

Also, McLaughlin also got second in the long jump (21 feet 2 3/4 inches) and triple jump (43 feet 5 1/4 inches), as Andre Green (Indian River) won the long jump with 21 feet 5 inches and J-D's David Salbert (44 feet 6 3/4 inches) prevailed in the triple jump.

Kyle Mosack added to the winning total, claiming the pole vault by clearing 10 feet 6 inches with fewer misses than Cortland's Eric Reisweber. Connor LoMonaco (10 feet) finished fifth.

Jeff Barres took fourth in three events -- the 110 high hurdles (15.93 seconds), the 400 hurdles (58.93 seconds) and triple jump (40 feet 11 1/2 inches), as Rabbitt got fifth in the long jump with 19 feet 11 1/2 inches.

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