Indoor teams compete at MVITA championships

Many of the area's indoor track and field teams made one more trip to Hamilton College on Jan. 17, this time to square off in the Mohawk Valley Indoor Track Association championship meet.

On the boys side, Oneida was third in the six-team Tri-Valley League, earning 63 points as Clinton won with 188 points. Canastota, with 70 points, was third out of seven entries in the Center State Conference, where West Canada Valley (155 points) finished on top.

Mike Rabbitt, by himself, earned 28 of Oneida's points. He dominated the high jump, clearing 6 feet 4 inches to beat the field by half a foot, and won the 55-meter hurdles in 8.74 seconds. Rabbitt also was second (38.40 seconds) in the 300-meter dash.

Tylar Burton finished second in the shot put with a toss of 38 feet 4 1/2 inches as teammate Dalton Bloss (34 feet 7 inches) was fifth. Burton added a fourth in the weight throw.

The Indians ran to second in the 4x400 relay as James Barr, Pat Traynor, Ben Adams and Jeb Stewart finished in 3:54.78, behind New Hartford, who won in 3:48.87. Stewart, on his own, was third in the mile in 5:03.37, and Oneida also was third in the 4x200 relay.

Vernon Verona Sherrill saw Adam Litterio get third place in the 1,000-meter run (2:57.31) and Mike Eichenlaub take fourth in the 3,200-meter run (11:33.19).

On the CSC side, Aaron Walker flourished for Canastota in the distance races. He won the 3,200-meter run in 10:50.29, beating the field by more than half a then went to the mile and prevailed in 5:01.50, another one-sided race.

To cap it off, Walker, Erick Wells, Zach Szkolnick and John Iaconis worked together to give the Raiders a winning time of 9:43.75 in the 4x800 relay. And in the 4x400, Iaconis, Szkolnick, Wells and Josh Bazan held off Ilion by a second to win in 4:03.52.

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