Track athletes pile up victories at state qualifier

Garn, Manahan both win for Marcellus in distance events

— Brianna Richardson gained second in the Division I triple jump with 34’4”. Nate Conroy was third in the boys 3,000-meter steeplechase in 10:13.79, with Peter Richardson fourth (58.86 seconds) in the 400 hurdles. Kelly Powell took fourth in the girls 400-meter dash in 1:01.76, while Paige Copeland took fifth in the 400 hurdles.

In a close Division I boys shot put, Westhill/Bishop Ludden’s Corey Wilkinson threw it 51 feet ½ inch, edging Liverpool’s Nick Leedom by half an inch. WG’s Dave Martin was fifth, with Wilkinson’s teammate Tre Feisinger in sixth. In the discus, Wilkinson finished fifth.

Westhill-Ludden’s Betsy Black earned second place in the Division I 2,000 steeplechase in 7:17.46, while WG’s Abby Kastick was third in 7:55.04.

Jordan-Elbridge teammates Abby Gugel (7:43.84) and Julia Conlan (7:49.03) were third and fifth, respectively. Courtney Hourigan was sixth in the pentathlon with 1,916 points, while Steve Slonosky was sixth in the boys steeplechase. Rachel Scott got seventh in the 400 hurdles and Brianna Byrnes was eighth in the 800.

Solvay’s Nick Cometti qualified for the state meet in the 100-meter dash, where he was second in Division II in 11.17 seconds as CBA’s Dametrious Brown won in 11.10 seconds. He also advanced in the 200-meter dash, where in 22.79 seconds he was inches behind Clinton’s Jordan Chrobak (22.76 seconds).

It was the same in the4x400 relay as Cometti, Matt Battaglia, Nate Carr and Eric Goodrich were second in 3:30.01 – and CBA won again, in 3:39.24. Brian McLeod was fifth in the high jump, clearing 5 feet 10 inches.

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