Boys track teams get wins at sectional meets

In two separate venues, area high school boys track and field teams went after the top honors in various Section III championship meets.

As the hosts of the Class B championship meet on Friday, Marcellus did not get that many favors, only taking third place with 78 points behind Holland Patent (203 points) and South Jefferson (91 points). Solvay had 49 points for sixth place as Jordan-Elbridge, in Class B-2, took fourth with 65 points.

Jesse Garn gave the home team a boost when he won the B-1 3,000-meter steeplechase in 9:51.14, while Solvay's Cody McCarthy (10:31.82) was third. Ryan Manahan joined in by winning the 3,200-meter run in 9:33.39, with the Bearcats' Matt Cregan fifth, as John Bell took fifth in the mile. Nate Waite was fifth in the 100-meter dash, just as Justin Garn took fifth in the 400-meter hurdles.

In the 4x800 relay, Bell, Garn, Manahan and Joe Fallon were second in 8:19.76, while Solvay eased into fourth place in 8:56.65. The Bearcats also got fourth in the 4x100 in 47.70 seconds.

Chaz Hayes gave Marcellus a victory in the long jump, going 19 feet 7 3/4 inches, with Solvay's John Salvagno (19 feet 3/4 inch) in third and Nate Waite (18 feet 11 1/4 inches) fourth. Hayes added a second in the triple jump when he went 39 feet 11 1/2 inches.

The Mustangs' tandem of Rob Coon and Nick Huss tied for third in the pole vault, each clearing 11 feet 6 inches. Brian O'Connell was third in the high jump with a clearance of 5 feet 6 inches as Nick Stogsdill (5 feet 4 inches) was fourth.

Solvay's Nick Cometti excelled in the sprints, going to second in the 100-meter dash in 11.45 seconds, just behind HP's Craig Ashcroft (11.41), and also taking second in the 200-meter dash in 23.13 seconds, edged out by South Jefferson's Zach Woodward by one-hundredth of a second. Josh Marotti was fourth in the pentathlon with 2,105 points.

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