In yet another high-profile meet, the Baldwinsville boys track and field team lined up against the area's best at Friday's New Hartford Invitational, the first of a series of weekend meets for the Bees on both sides.
B'ville would finish second in New Hartford, earning 67 points. That beat everyone except Utica Proctor, who finished on top with 92 points.
Shaun Thompson gave the Bees a win in the 3,200-meter run as the junior finished in a time of 9:29.63, more than 15 seconds clear of New Hartford's Alex Tompkins.
Raeshaun Jones dominated the discus, his throw of 144 feet 1 inch surpassing the runner-up, Jamesville-DeWitt's Michael Paul, by more than 10 feet. Jones also took fourth in the shot put, tossing it 44 feet 5 1/2 inches. In the high jump, Brian Kane tied for second, only able to clear 6 feet as Oneida star Mike Rabbitt (6 feet 2 inches) prevailed.
Earning lots of points in relays, the Bees got second in the 4x200 as Rudy Sapp, Parker Kiff, Antonio Peck and Alex Nagy finished in 1:36.13. The Bees also got third in the 4x800 relay as Alec Peinkofer, Josh Perez, Chris Wicks and
Ethan Pacheck put up a time of 8:29.67.
Peck, Nagy, Sapp and Nate McCabe were third in the sprint medley relay (3:42.33) as Kiff joined Sapp, Nagy and Peck to help B'ville take fourth in the 4x100 in 45.06 seconds. Adam Pacheck ran his way to fifth place in the mile in 4:30.72, with Andrew Hoover fifth in the 400 hurdles (58.83 seconds).
B'ville's girls team would return on Saturday, at the Chittenango Invitational, where it earned 39.5 points for fifth place in a field of 13. Cicero-North Syracuse won with 114 points.
Many of those points came in the 400-meter dash, where Jaimee Balloni claimed second place in 1:03.60 and Gabrielle Jordan got fourth place in 1:04.51. Gina Carnovale took fourth place in the 100-meter dash in 13.48 seconds. Carnovale, Balloni, Quaniesha Ivey and Gabrielle Jordan took sixth place in 4:37.06.