All through Friday and Saturday, a series of high-profile track and field meets kept local boys and girls teams in the spotlight.
Marcellus sent its stars to Friday's New Hartford Invitational, where Mike Quercia would take over in middle-distance races, with some help from Jesse Garn.
In the 800-meter run, Quercia and Garn dueled all the way to the finish line, but Quercia prevailed in a time of 1:56.32 as Garn, in 1:56.79, had to settle for second place.
Together, they were three seconds ahead of the field.
Turning to the 400-meter dash, Quercia tore to another victory in 48.27 seconds, 1.49 seconds ahead of South Jefferson's Curtis Wilson. In the 4x400 relay, Quercia, Garn, Ryan Manahan and Kevin Daily finished in 3:29.50, second only to Holland Patent, who won in 3:27.99.
Meanwhile, at CBA's Brother Basilian Invitational, another Mustang standout, Nick Huss, prevailed in the pole vault, clearing 11 feet as Rob Coon (10 feet) finished third. Tom Riccardi was fourth in the mile (4:42.8) as Keith Shields got fourth in the 110 high hurdles.
Moving to the girls side at CBA, the Mustangs' Chelsea Tarolli was second in the 100-meter dash (13.5 seconds) as Carley Kohl cleared 8 feet for second place in the pole vault. Katherine Busa took third in the 100 hurdles in 17.8 seconds. Rachel Garn was third in the 1,500 in 5:00.2. The Mustangs were second in the 4x100 in 54.2 seconds.
Solvay's C.J. Brooks struck again at New Hartford, as he threw the shot put 51 feet 1/2 inch to beat Cicero-North Syracuse's Jared Thomson by nearly five feet.
Matt Fedrizzi claimed third place in the mile in 4:29.73 as he also took sixth in the 800. Jerry Santoferrara cleared 11 feet for fourth place in the pole vault, while Ed Buczakowski got seventh place in the 400 hurdles.