An unusual mixture of disappointment and pride surrounded the Baldwinsville boys track and field team's 72-69 defeat to West Genesee last Wednesday at Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium.
True, the Bees had lost the battle of CNY Counties League National division powers - but not without a superb effort that included small bits of history.
Shaun Thompson, in particular, stood out. The Duke University-bound senior, on his own, cruised to victory in the mile in four minutes, 44.3 seconds and also took the 3,200-meter run in 9:54.5.
Moving to the 4x800 relay, Thompson, along with Ethan Pacheck, Andrew Fleming and Alec Peinkofer, set a school record with a time of 8:01.2 - and still got beat as WG's quartet of Billy Gabriel, John DeLallo, Matt Byrnes and Matt Gonnella finished in 8:01 flat.
Both that event, and the 4x100 relay, proved important as the Bees lost close races. In the sprint, Antonio Peck, Rudy Sapp, Parker Kiff and Nathan Wicks finished in 45.5 seconds, just behind the Wildcats, who prevailed in 45.3 seconds.
Sapp did beat WG's Kesean Sparks in the 200-meter dash, 23.5 seconds to 23.7, and added a victory in the high jump by clearing 5 feet 6 inches. Pacheck, Andrew Hoover, Alex Malecki and Jeff Mahar tore to victory in the 4x400 relay in a clocking of 3:34.2.
Hoover edged teammate Jon Hingre, 1:00.7 to 1:01 flat, in the 400-meter hurdles, while Josh Perez turned in a respectable second (2:02.8) in the 800-meter run behind Gabriel, who blazed to victory in 1:58.7.
Peck matched the Wildcats' Sean Howard in the long jump, each of them going 19 feet 8 inches, while Mark Stanard threw the discus 125 feet 4 inches to win that event. WG countered with Howard taking the 100-meter dash, 11.0 seconds to Sapp's 11.5, as Howard also won the triple jump and the Wildcats went 1-2-3 in the pole vault, earning more crucial points.