Marcellus indoor track wins Class B sectional title

Led again by its deep pool of distance runners, the Marcellus boys indoor track and field team outpaced the field and won the Section III Class B championship Sunday at Hamilton College.

The Mustangs earned 105 points, with Clinton (74 points) sliding ahead of Skaneateles (70 points) for second place. Jordan-Elbridge was seventh with 36 points.

Jesse Garn was at the forefront claiming a trio of individual races. Garn ran 3,200 meters in 9:47.67, holding off Cazenovia's Pat Dermody as Mustang teammate John Bell (10:18.94) finished third. And in the 1,000-meter run, Garn beat the field in 2:39.78, with J-E's Greg Bader second (2:43.43) as Bell again took third in 2:47.95. To complete this triple, Garn went to the mile and prevailed in 4:28.97, with Ryan Manahan fourth and Joe Fallon fifth.

In the 600-meter run, Manahan and Justin Garn gave Marcellus a 1-2 finish as Manahan won in 1:33.15 and Garn (1:34.24) was right behind. J-E landed Bader in third place in 4:40.40. Bader would join Carlin Coomey, Steve Slonosky and Jack Gugle as the Eagles dominated the 4x800 relay, winning in 9:13.52.

Marcellus dominated the pole vault, too, as Nick Huss cleared 11 feet 6 inches to win and Rob Coon cleared 11 feet for second place. Huss was also fourth in the high jump as Nate Waite beat the field in the long jump, going 18 feet 9 inches as he also got fourth in the 55-meter dash.

In Class AA, West Genesee had 47 points, tying Fayetteville-Manlius for fifth place as Liverpool rolled to the top spot with 91 points. That included a victory in the 4x800 relay as John DeLallo, Matt Byrnes, Martin Leff and Billy Gabriel tore to a time of 8:21.79, nearly 20 seconds ahead of the field.

On his own, DeLallo got to second place in the 1,000 (2:31.83), just behind Liverpool star Zavon Watkins (2:30.68), as Byrnes finished fourth. Gabriel was third in the mile in 4:31.82 and fourth in the 3,200 as Leff finished fifth. Luke Potash took fourth in the 600 in 1:30.70, while Peter James got fourth (9 feet 6 inches) in the pole vault.

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