Jun 04, 2010 Phil Blackwell Uncategorized
Stars from Marcellus, West Genesee, Westhill and Solvay all found their way to the top during last Thursday’s Section III track and field state qualifying meet at Cicero-North Syracuse’s Bragman Stadium.
And by doing so, this large contingent will all go to Vestal High School, just west of Binghamton, for the state championship meet this Friday and Saturday.
Marcellus senior Mike Quercia had, by far, the fastest time in either division in the 800-meter run. He covered the distance in 1:51.78, a full 4.6 seconds ahead of the Division II (small school) runner-up, Tully’s Ohure Sam. By contrast, Division I champion Colin Savage (Liverpool) won in 1:56.67.
In the Division II mile, Jesse Garn gave the Mustangs another title, his time of 4:20.88 nearly seven seconds clear of Holland Patent’s Dylan Rach. And in the 4×800 relay, Quercia, Garn, Tom Riccardi and Ryan Manahan prevailed in 8:01.26, more than six seconds ahead of Cooperstown. Solvay was fourth in 8:24.94.
Marcellus swept both sides of the 4×800, taking the girls Division II race as Rachel Garn, Lizzy Dean, Maggie Dunn and Laura Quercia prevailed in 9:37.19, just ahead of Skaneateles (9:38.61) and the rest of the field.
Solvay’s C.J. Brooks dominated the shot put. His throw of 53 feet 4 inches was the best in Section III this season and beat a stellar field that included Westhill’s Tom Fisher, who was third with 47 feet 7 inches.
Fisher more than atoned for it, though, when he prevailed in the Division II discus with a heave of 136 feet 9 inches, with South Jefferson’s Louis Kendall (133 feet) in second place.
Also for the Warriors, Kevin Zych, with a second-place time of 9:27.08 in the 3,200-meter run, qualified for the state meet, as did the 4×400 relay team as Ryan Brennan, Peter Clark, Jack Honis and Matt Trendowski finished second in 3:27.14.
West Genesee earned wins on both sides. In the boys 4×400, Jake Lafaver, Steve Houghmaster, Zack Lafaver and John DeLallo earned the victory in a time of 3:26.02, nearly two seconds ahead of runner-up New Hartford.
In the girls 800, Katie Bott held off Watertown’s Amanda White, 2:15.12 to 2:12.67, for the top spot, and eighth-grader Laura Leff pulled away to win the 2,000-meter steeplechase in 7:13.79, beating Liverpool’s Lesley Bowers by more than eight seconds.
Matt Ulrich gave the Wildcats a fourth-place time of 15.94 seconds in the 110-meter high hurdles as Sam Reedy was third among Division I runners in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 10:00.07. Houghmaster was fifth in the Division I portion of the 3,200 in 9:47.20 as Jake Lafaver took fourth in the 400-meter dash (52.50 seconds) and Billy Gabriel took seventh in the 800 in 2:02.89.
Jordan-Elbridge’s Andrew Conlan got fifth in the 200-meter dash in 23.70 seconds. Nick Huss had a seventh-place pole vault clearance of 11 feet 6 inches. Solvay teammates Ed Buczakowski and John Salvagno were fifth and seventh, respectively, in the 400 hurdles, while Matt Fedrizzi took sixth place in the mile.
The Eagles’ Rachel Scott just missed qualifying for the state meet, as she finished second in the Division II 400 hurdles in 1:07.06. Mike Marrero was fifth in the small-school version of the steeplechase in 10:17.23.
Lisa Kimak was seventh in the high jump, with Westhill’s Kathryn Christensen ninth and Sarah Francesconi (Marcellus) 10th as they each cleared 4 feet 10 inches. Kimak also helped the Eagles finish sixth in the 4×400 relay in 4:13.23. Solvay saw Christina Clemente rise to fourth place in the girls 400 sprint in 1:01.11.