It was fortunate, perhaps, for the Oneida boys track and field team to see a split in the field for last Friday's Section III Class A championships at Canastota.
Still, when it came to the Class A-2 event, the Indians got a challenge from New Hartford before taking the top spot with 207.66 points to the Spartans' 160. Vernon-Verona-Sherrill was fourth with 50 points.
All over the place, Oneida was winning events, especially Eric Riley. He won the 110 high hurdles over Jimmy Moyer, 16.35 seconds to 16.52, and also took the 400-meter hurdles in 58.86 seconds as Ben Adams (1:00.89) was third.
Riley cleared 6 feet 4 inches in the high jump, leaving Moyer (6 feet) the runner-up again as Rob Murphy was fourth and Steve Patricia fifth. In the triple jump, Moyer had his chance at the top, going 42 feet 2 1/2 inches to edge Riley, who went 42 feet 1 1/4 inches.
David Carroll, with a throw of 45 feet 5 inches, led a 1-2-3 sweep of the shot put ahead of Dan Margo (44 feet 1 inch) and Kyle Blessing (42 feet).
Of course, Blessing ruled in the discus with a big heave of 149 feet 9 inches as VVS's Nash Robb (121 feet 4 inches) was second and Oneida's Tyler Miller was fourth. Robb got payback by winning the long jump with 19 feet 11 1/4 inches, ahead of Moyer (19 feet 9 1/4 inches), and taking third in the triple jump.
Keith Johnson, third in the long jump, got second in the 100-meter dash in 11.78 seconds and a sixth in the 200-meter dash, where Canyon Hicks (24.20 seconds) was fourth. Shawn Ano rose to second in the pentathlon, accumulating 2,567 points, while Ben Vaccaro cleared 11 feet for second place in the pole vault.