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Caz track girls advance to State Championship

Winn tops all sprinters, smashes 200-meter record

Ashley Winn, center, sprints to victory in the 100-meter dash at the May 31 State Qualifier Meet. Winn, who was the overall Section III Champion in the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes and anchored Cazenovia’s 4x100-meter relay to a Division II victory, will compete in three events at the New York State Championship Meet.

Ashley Winn, center, sprints to victory in the 100-meter dash at the May 31 State Qualifier Meet. Winn, who was the overall Section III Champion in the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes and anchored Cazenovia’s 4x100-meter relay to a Division II victory, will compete in three events at the New York State Championship Meet. Kurt Wheeler

The Cazenovia girls track and field team added to the glow of their third consecutive Section III Championship last week by advancing athletes in a school-record total of six events to the New York State Championship Meet.

The Lakers were Section III, Division II champions in four events and advanced in two others by hitting elite qualifying standards during the May 31 State Qualifier at C-NS High School.

Junior Ashley Winn ran the speediest set of races of her career as she won the overall Section III championship (Division I and II combined) in both the 100-meter dash and 200-meter dash to earn the title of the fastest girl in Central New York. She ran the second fastest 100-meter dash of her career to win in 12.46 seconds, just .08 seconds off her school record set earlier this season. Her performance in the 200-meter dash was even more impressive, beating all others in the region by nearly half a second to win in 25.53 seconds. She smashed her own school record in the event by .54 seconds.

Winn also combined with Anna Schultz, Ashley Kent and Jillian Vogl to win the Division II 4x100-meter relay in overwhelming fashion. Schultz had the quickest start of her career to match the speedy first legs of the other schools. Freshman Ashley Kent held the Lakers’ position down the straight-way before handing off to Jillian Vogl who may be the fastest 4x100 third leg in the state. Vogl blew by the competition on the far curve to give Winn the lead at their handoff. Winn built the lead to more than 1.5 seconds all alone in the final straight as the Lakers finished in 50.44, begging the question, “How fast can they go when pushed by the competition at States?”

Vogl returned to run an exceptional race of her won, capturing second in the 400-meter dash in 58.61 seconds.

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