Quickly announcing its status as a top contender, the Baldwinsville boys indoor track and field team nearly claimed the top spot at last Saturday's season-opening Jack Morse Relays at SUNY-Cortland.
Overall, the Bees put up 41 points, just behind Liverpool, who won with 44 points, and Andrew Hoover had much to do with that finish, taking part in two different winning efforts.
In the 1,600 sprint medley, Hoover teamed with Todd Mitchell, Alex Nagy and Alec Peinkofer for a time of 3:53.10, which beat runner-up Tully by 2.48 seconds.
And in the 55-meter hurdles, Hoover had the fastest individual time of 8.30 seconds, with Jon Hingre taking sixth (9.10 seconds). The combined total of 17.40 blew away second-place Altmar-Parish-Williamstown by more than two seconds.
In the mile relay, Ethan Pacheck, Andrew Fleming, Josh Perez and Casey McCallister took third place in a combined 20:27.81. Hingre and Fleming returned to get third in the long jump (32 feet 1 3/4 inches), while Tom McGetrick and Tyler Rawson teamed to finish third in the shot put with 71 feet 1 1/2 inches.
Also, Matt Pond, Matt Cainan, Joe Morra and Greg LeFancheck got to fifth place in the 4x400 relay (4:15.39), with Mitchell, Nagy, Nate Wicks and Steve Cavallario sixth in the 4x200.
Over in the girls edition of the Morse meet, B'ville worked its way to sixth place, earning 31 points. Liverpool won here, too, earning 55 points to edge Cicero-North Syracuse (50 points).
Gina Carnovale, Allie Vroman, Cierra Allen and Laura Farleman got together to finish third in the 4x200 in 1:59.76. Kim Cushman and Lindsay Beck were third in the high jump (8 feet 8 inches), with Carnovoale and Stephanie Vasteno third in the long jump (26 feet 1 1/4 inches).
In the 1,600 sprint medley, Vasteno, Quaneisha Ivey, Erin Nagle and Sarah Layton ran to fourth in 5:06.05. Allen, Alex D'Huy, Kirby Socker and Julia Nagy took sixth in the 4x400.