West Genesee's boys indoor track and field team nearly snatched a victory during last Saturday's morning session of the CNY Indoor Track Association meet at SUNY-Cortland's Lusk Field House.
During the sixth CNYITA meet, the Wildcats picked up 81 points, just behind Jamesville-DeWitt, who won with 83 points. Westhill was seventh, with 21 points, and Marcellus (20 points) finished eighth.
Steve Houghmaster emerged with a victory in the 1,000-meter run, his time of 2:36.35 enough to beat J-D's Bumkoth Jiak by 1.50 seconds as Sam Reedy (2:44.92) took fourth.
Jake Lafaver earned his own title, needing 1:28.52 to beat Westhill's Ryan Brennan (1:30.86) and the rest of the field in the 600-meter run. And Matt Ulrich tamed the 55-meter hurdles, beating Corcoran's Antoine Tearney, 8.35 seconds to 8.52, in addition to earning fifth in the high jump.
Perhaps the difference was the 4x800 relay, where J-D won and got 10 points in a time of 8:46.23 and WG was second in 9:07.29 as Martin Leff, Matt Serrao, Mark Reilly and Matt Byrnes took part.
Billy Gabriel claimed second in the mile in 4:34.87 and Matt Gonnella was sixth. Elsewhere, the Wildcats had Jeremy Cantello clear 10 feet for second place in the pole vault, as John DeLallo earned third place in the 3,200-meter run in 10:17.24. Zack Lafaver was fourth in both the 55 and 300-meter sprints.
Westhill would get fourth in the 4x400 relay (3:59.06) as well as the 4x800 (9:33.77) as Mitch Lamb ran to fourth in the 3,200 and Peter Clark got sixth in the 300.
Marcellus saw half its points come from Jesse Garn, who tore through the mile in 4:30.20, beating Gabriel by 4.67 seconds. Nick Stogsdill was third in the high jump (5 feet 6 inches) and Rob Coon fourth in the pole vault as Marcellus earned fifth in the 4x400 in four minutes flat.