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Girls vie for sectional indoor track honors

A wave of area indoor track and field runners sought the top honors during Wednesday night's Section III championship meet at Manley Field House.

In the Class B competition, Westhill finished fourth, with 51 points, while Marcellus took sixth place (32 points) and Jordan-Elbridge tied for ninth with 20 points. West Genesee got just 17 points in a fiercely competitive Class AA meet.

For Westhill, Morgan Roach was second in the shot put, tossing it 30 feet 3 3/4 inches, while Paula Sanz cleared 7 feet for third place in the pole vault. Brenna Rainone ran to second in the 55-meter dash in 7.78 seconds, while Lissa DiPaola was third (11:40.27) in the 3,000-meter run.

In the 4x400 relay, Caroline Buonocore, Katie Powers, Briana Newman and Meg Dwyer gave Westhill a second-place time of 4:21.96. Mary Bailey claimed fourth in the high jump (4 feet 4 inches) and sixth in the long jump, and helped the Warriors take fifth (1:56.32) in the 4x200 relay.

Westhill also was fifth in the 4x800 relay, with Rainone fifth in the 300-meter dash (45.42 seconds) and Buonocore fifth in the 55-meter hurdles. Katie Lenkiewicz was sixth in the 1,000-meter run and Catherine Coon sixth in the 3,000.

Marcellus had its big moment in the 600-meter run, where Laura Quercia beat the field in a time of 1:43.74. Lizzie Dean earn third place in the 1,500-meter run in 5:11.67, right behind Bishop Ludden/Grimes' Jessica Curry (5:05.79) in second place as Maggie Dunn finished sixth.

Dean, Dunn, Quercia and Molly McGuane claim fourth in the 4x800 relay (10:34.63) as Alana Todd finish sixth in the high jump. McGuane, on her own, was fourth in the 1,000-meter run in 3:28 flat.

J-E saw McKenzie Williams, Brianna Byrnes, Rachel Betts and Rachel Scott post a third-place time of 1:55.25 in the 4x200 relay, with Byrnes, Kim Foltz, Rachel Scott and Julia Conlan third in the 4x400 (4:26.52) .

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