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Athletes earn spots in state track meet

West Genesee earned wins on both sides. In the boys 4x400, 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 4x400 relay in 4:13.23. Solvay saw Christina Clemente rise to fourth place in the girls 400 sprint in 1:01.11.

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