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Skaneateles girls track gets 2-0 league start

Girls Lakers defeat Westhill/Ludden, Jordan-Elbridge

— With relative ease, the Skaneateles girls track and field team sprinted to a 2-0 start within the Onondaga High School League’s Liberty division.

In the first of four weekly league meets Wednesday afternoon, the Lakers went to Jordan-Elbridge and knocked off the host Eagles 93-39 while, at the same time, rolling past Westhill/Bishop Ludden 103-39.

Skaneateles based its points on claiming four of six field events, led again by Kaela Fiutak, who took the pole vault by clearing 9 feet.

Mary Buck was first in the high jump as she cleared 4’6”. Erin Tonzi edged Fiutak by two inches in the triple jump with a best attempt of 29’11 ½”, with Taylor Woodruff going 14’10” to win the long jump, leaving Fiutak second and Nikki Cole in third place. Rachel Baker earned second place in the shot put.

Tonzi would win twice, going 1:05.9 to beat the field in the 400-meter dash, while Woodruff held off fellow Laker Molly McCarthy, 13.5 seconds to 13.7, in the 100-meter sprint. McCarthy also was second to J-E’s Rachel Scott in the 200-meter dash in 28.8 seconds.

Also on the oval, Kaitlyn Neal earned a 3,000-meter victory in 11 minutes, 12 seconds, while Madeline Adams got second (2:24.8) to Westhill/Ludden star Betsy Black (2:24.1) in the 800-meter run. Alex Clark, in 19.8 seconds, got past J-E’s Courtney Hourigan (20 seconds flat) and won the 100-meter hurdles.

Skaneateles would split its season-opening boys meet, beating Jordan-Elbridge 77.5-63.5, but taking an 80-61 defeat to Westhill/Ludden.

Three times, Khiary Gale would win in field events. He went 46 feet 4 inches in the triple jump, recorded a top long jump of 19’4” and cleared 5’6” in the high jump with fewer misses than J-E’s Jake Pritchard.

Meanwhile, Malik Merritt earned a victory in the 200-meter dash in 23.3 seconds, finishing a close second (11.4 seconds) to Westhill/Ludden’s Corey Wilkinson (11.3 seconds) in the 100 sprint.

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