SYRACUSE Amid a string of high finishes at Wednesday’s Section III state qualifying meet at SRC Arena, the Baldwinsville boys indoor track and field team made a particular splash in the 4x800 relay.
Together, the quartet of Andy Fleming, Matt Pond, Josh Perez and Alec Peinkofer dominated the event, finishing in eight minutes, 5.18 seconds, exactly 13 seconds ahead of runner-up Fayetteville-Manlius. So they advance to the state meet, set for this Saturday at Cornell University’s Barton Hall.
The Bees also had a solid showing in the 4x200 relay, where Shay Sargeant, Jeff Mahar, Joe Stanard and Nate Wicks finished third in 1:36.17. Fleming, Wicks, Mahar and Dan Walker were third in the 4x400 in 3:31.45.
On his own, Sargeant claimed third place in the 55-meter dash in 6.74 seconds as Nottingham’s Sharvin Greene (6.67 seconds) prevailed.
In the girls state qualifier, B’ville senior Gino Carnovale earned second place in the 300 sprint in 41.53 seconds, trailing only Cazenovia’s Ashley Winn (41.04 seconds) as Cierra Allen finished sixth in 43.70 seconds.
Mackenzie Ross earned fourth place in the 600-meter run in 1:41.40, while Stephanie Vasteno took sixth (7.73 seconds) in the 55-meter dash. Emily Soeder cleared 5 feet 4 inches for a fourth-place effort in the high jump.
Allen, Carnovale, Angelica Tomasello and Quaneisha Ivey were fourth in the 4x400 relay in 4:08.27 as F-M (3:57.71) shattered the sectional record by more than five seconds. In the 4x200, Vasteno, Allen, Tomasello and Carnovale finished fourth in 1:51.07.