The Section III Class B champion Cazenovia Girls Indoor Track and Field team posted a series of record breaking performances during the Feb. 26 State Qualifier Meet. Two of the squad's athletes will advance to the New York State Championship. Senior Piper Gianforte will represent Section III in the pole vault, and junior Jillian Vogl will compete in the 300-meter dash. Both athletes finished number one overall among all competitor in Central New York in their events. A host of other Lakers capped their seasons with peak performances.
Jillian Vogl led the way for Cazenovia on the track, living up to her top seeding in the 300-meter dash with a first place finish (42.91 seconds) among all competitors in Section III to earn a trip to the State Championship Meet at Cornell on March 5. She narrowly missed a bid in a second event as she finished third in the 55 meter dash in her best time ever (7.69 seconds). The indoor track competition is fierce, with only two athletes total from schools of all classes in the section advancing. Vogl also ran the fastest 200 meter split in school history (27.2 seconds) as she led off the Lakers' fifth place 4x200 relay. Piper Gianforte, Audrey Bowers and Jackie O'Sullivan also contributed to the relay.
Hollie Marcelle was also spectacular on the track, setting a new indoor 800 meter record for Cazenovia (2:26.8) as she led off the fastest indoor 4x800 relay in school history. Margaret Wolsey (2:35.2), Caroline Marshall (2:34.6) and Jeannette Cudney (2:37.4) all contributed the Lakers' record-setting time of 10:12.17. Cazenovia finished third behind speedy F-M and CNS teams. Marcelle also earned a fifth place finish in the 600 meter run but fell short of her school-record pace set last month at the sectional championship. Missing two runners from their powerful 4x400 relay, the Lakers were unable to contest that event which was captured by New Hartford in 4:23.62, well off Cazenovia's sectional pace of 4:20.20.