The Cazenovia Girls Indoor Track and Field team, undefeated through their first five meets, leads Section III in numerous events as they prepare for their first title bid later this week. Based on the Jan. 11 leader boards, posted following the OHSL championships, the Lakers led the 40 Section III schools of all sizes in five events.
Sophomore Ashley Winn is the top-ranked runner in Central New York, both in the 55 meter dash and 300 meter dash, with teammate Jillian Vogl second in 300 and seventh in the 55. Piper Gianforte leads all pole vaulters with her 9-0 best. Winn, Vogl, Gianforte and Audrey Bowers also teamed up for a 1:53.36 effort in the 4x200 meter relay, the best in the region this year and just a half second from the school record.
Winn and Vogl partnered with Hollie Marcelle and Emmajean Speer for the fastest 4x400 time in the section, clocking 4:20.23 which was just over a second off the school mark. Marcelle is the fourth fastest in the 600 in her own right and led the Lakers to the fourth best 4x800 relay performance in the section this season. Paige Biviano is second in the long jump, third in the hurdles and ninth in the triple jump to lead the Lakers in the field events. In total, the Cazenovia girls have athletes in the top ten in 12 of 15 events.
The picture is even brighter on the Class B leaderboard, comparing the Lakers only to schools of the same size. Against their competitors for the Section III title, Cazenovia is top ranked in nine of 15 events with Marcelle (600), Biviano (long jump and 55 hurdles) and the 4x800 joining their top-ranked teammates from the overall list. The Lakers also have the number two athlete in six other events with Vogl (55 and 300), Cudney (3000), Bowers (long jump), Marcelle (1500) and Eberle (shot put) also among the very best in the section.
Cazenovia will square off against a dozen other Class B schools in pursuit of it first indoor Section III title on Friday, January 28 at Colgate University.