Just a week before the Section III championships at Colgate University, the Baldwinsville boys indoor track and field team got a valuable confidence boost by earning the championship at Sunday's Bob Grieve Invitational.
It was a tight race at the top, with the Bees needing 51 points to fend off Jamesville-DeWitt, who was second with 48 points. Fayetteville-Manlius was third with 40 points in the format where the two best times, distances and heights were put together.
On his own, Rudy Sapp won the 55-meter dash in 6.78 seconds, and with Todd Mitchell fourth, the Bees took that event in 13.66 seconds, the only sub-14 second effort. Another win came in the 55-meter hurdles, where Andrew Hoover (third) and Jon Hingre (sixth) combined for a time of 17.60 seconds, just ahead of J-D (17.85 seconds) at the wire.
Alec Peinkofer, with the top individual time of 2:40.24, and Josh Perez were third in the 1,000-meter run. Andrew Hoover and Ethan Pacheck worked toward third place in the 600-meter run in 3:03.47. Perez and Andrew Fleming were sixth in the mile relay. B'ville saw Sapp, Mitchell, Alex Nagy and Parker Kiff take third in the 4x200 relay (1:40.62) as it also took fourth in the 4x400 in 3:47.04.
Kiff joined Tyler Rawson for fourth place in the shot put with combined tosses of 69 feet 8 1/2 inches, while Fleming and Sean Maar rose to fourth in the triple jump with 67 feet 5 3/4 inches.
As this was going on, the B'ville girls indoor track team claimed sixth place in its part of the Grieve Invitational with 25 points as Fayetteville-Manlius, with 62 points, finished in front.
Nearly half those points came from winning the 55-meter dash as Gena Carnovale and Allie Vroman had a combined time of 16.33 seconds, just edging out Corcoran (16.40 seconds) at the front. Laura Farleman and Allie Pesano rose to second in the 55 hurdles in 19.80 seconds, only behind CNS, who won in 19.33 seconds.
Farleman, Mackenzie Ross, Quaneisha Ivey and Lindsay Varga were third in the 4x400 relay in 4:27.09. B'ville tied for fifth in the high jump for its only points in field events as Kim Cushman cleared 4 feet 6 inches.