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Indoor track athletes make debut at SRC Arena

WG, Westhill/Ludden athletes earn wins at Morse Relays

— A bit of history was made late on Wednesday afternoon as indoor track athletes from the CNY Counties League and Onondaga High School League staged the first-ever sports event at Onondaga Community College’s new SRC Arena.

This followed two years where local indoor teams had to make long bus rides to venues like SUNY-Cortland, Colgate University and Hamilton College to compete in the regular season. SRC Arena will host all regular-season events, plus the league, Section III and state qualifying meets in February.

First, though, there was the Jack Morse Relays, an event where three local boys teams would finish in the top 10. Marcellus was fifth, with 22 points, while West Genesee took seventh (20 points) and Westhill/Bishop Ludden was 10th with 11 points. Solvay got 6.7 points.

Nearly all of Westhill/Ludden’s points came from the shot put, where Corey Wilkinson took individual honors with a heave of 45 feet as he and Tre Feisner, who was fifth, had a total distance of 83 feet 5 ½ inches.

In the distance medley relay, WG’s team of Kal Strickland, Nate Conroy, Luke Potash and Martin Leff finished second in a time of 11:25.90, with the Marcellus quartet of John Bell, Justin Garn, Joe Fallon and Nate Waite third in 11:30.06. Leff, Mike Lannon, Jack Erhard and Mark Reilly were a close second (9:00.70) to Hannibal (8:59.62) in the 4x800 relay.

Rob Coon, by clearing 11 feet 9 inches in the pole vault, earned second-place points all by himself for the Mustangs as WG’s Peter James cleared 11 feet 3 inches for fourth place. Another Marcellus athlete, Brian O’Connell, cleared 5 feet 6 inches in the high jump for fourth-place points.

Garn and Dave Manke were fourth in the triple jump (combined 68 feet 9 inches), with Solvay’s Matt Battaglia and Ed Kroll in fifth place. Battaglia, Rich Nagen, Nick Cometti and Antwan Days were fourth in the 1,600 sprint medley relay in 4:00.23. Also for the Bearcats, John Salvagno tied for fifth in the high jump.

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