The Cazenovia girls track team opened their 2011 campaign just as they left off in 2010 - on a winning note. Sparked by an 81-6 margin on the track, the Lakers easily defeated the visiting Hannibal Warriors 115-25 to begin their Onondaga High School League schedule.
Paige Biviano led the Lakers with three individual victories, capturing the 100 hurdles (17.0), high jump (4-10) and the long jump with a section-leading 16-9 performance. Ashley Winn also helped Cazenovia to its dominant showing on the track as she won the 100 in a near-record time of 12.8 seconds and the 200 in 26.8 - both times top the Section III leaderboard. She also anchored Cazenovia's section-leading 4x100 relay of Piper Gianforte, Audrey Bowers and Jillian Vogl to a 53.2 second finish. Vogl ran to speedy second place finishes in the 100 and 200 and won the 400 in an impressive early-season time of 1:03.0.
The Lakers distance events featured a well-balanced attack with senior captain Hollie Marcelle winning the 800 in 2:38.5, Tori Widrick winning the 1500 in 5:18.8 and Jeanette Cudney capturing the 3000 in 11:25.9. All three contributed for a Laker sweep of the relay events with Cudney leading off the 4x800, Widrick running a quick leg on the 4x400 and Marcelle anchoring both to victory. Laura Fitch ensured the Lakers' went 11 for 11 in the track events with a win in the 400 hurdles. Margaret Wolsey, Emma Wolsey, and Raeanne Clabeaux also contributed to the Cazenovia relay victories.
Senior captain Piper Gianforte joined Biviano in the field event winners' circle with a 8-0 effort in the pole vault to lead all CNY vaulters. Basketball standout Clabeaux also scored in three field events in her first track meet as she joined Audrey Bowers (14-4) to sweep the long jump (14-5), and picked up second place finishes in the triple jump (29-3) and high jump (4-6). Grace Eberle led the Lakers in the discus (second place, 79-9) while Molly Woodworth was second in the shot (27-4) to help Cazenovia to a 34-19 edge in the field.
The Lakers, with a season record of 1-0 so far, run at the Madison County Championship and Tully Invitational over vacation and will resume their league schedule next week against Solvay and CBA.