Quercia ties record at state qualifier

A big group of local indoor track and field athletes reached this Saturday's state championship meet at Cornell University by virtue of their efforts at Monday night's snow-delayed state qualifier at Manley Field House.

The big moment came when Marcellus senior Mike Quercia, in the 600-meter run, equaled his own sectional record with a time of 1:19.37 and beat the field by more than two seconds. WG's Jake Lafaver was fourth in 1:24.93.

Solvay's C.J. Brooks finished his season-long domination of the shot put, winning that event with a toss of 51 feet 4 3/4 inches, the only Section III competitor to top the 50-foot mark.

Westhill's Kevin Zych would find his way to second place in the 3,200-meter run in 9:42.09, trailing only Alex Hatz, who won in 9:39.08. Further back, Jordan-Elbridge's Cody Stanton ran to fourth, in 9:50.57, and West Genesee's Billy Gabriel was fifth in 9:53.18.

Another Marcellus star, Jesse Garn, earned his berth with a second-place clocking of 2:34.46 in the 1,000-meter run behind Liverpool's Zavon Watkins (2:33.75) as another WG runner, Steve Houghmaster, was fourth in 2:37.02.

Elsewhere, Marcellus' Nick Huss took fourth in the pole vault, clearing 11 feet. WG's team of Jake Lafaver, Zack Lafaver, Sam Reedy and Kyle Ivers finished third in the 4x400 relay in 3:32.01, and the Wildcats were ninth (1:40.03) in the 4x200 relay.

John Delallo was fourth in the mile in 4:30.02, with teammates Reedy (seventh), Houghmaster and Martin Leff also in the finals. Jordan-Elbridge's Greg Bader was ninth in 4:36.96. Another WG runner, Matt Ulrich, was sixth (8.96 seconds) in the 55-meter hurdles.

In the girls state qualifier, Bott claimed victory in the 600-meter run, finishing in 1:39.71 to hold off Auburn's Patricia Fleishman (1:40.27) and the rest of the field. From Marcellus, Laura Quercia was seventh in 1:44.76.

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