The Cazenovia girls track and field team put the perfect capstone on the best season in program history as Captain Paige Biviano brought home a state championship in the pentathlon to lead a record total of eight medals at the state meet. The Lakers broke four school records and came close to two Section III records in a stellar weekend of competition.
The fourth time was the charm for senior Biviano, winning the state title she has pursued in the pentathlon since her freshman season. After a tragic fall in the hurdles her sophomore season and a silver medal performance as a junior, capturing the gold in her final attempt was especially sweet.
Biviano left nothing to chance as she assembled the best combination of performances in her storied career to win the state Division II title by nearly 100 points and smash the school record in the process.
Biviano’s day one achievements on June 8 were especially noteworthy as she took advantage of perfect conditions and intense competition to run her second best hurdle time ever (15.51). She tied her career outdoor best in high jump (5-3.75) and added her second best shot put effort ever (30-6.5) to earn 2,018 points.
Similar career-best performances on day two would have put her over the all-time Section III record of 3287. Unfortunately, cooler temperatures and a steady rain greeted the athletes on June 9, dampening day two performances. As meet officials cleared puddles from the runway during the long jump event, Biviano leaped 16-2, fourth among the 29 competitors, but more than a foot off of her best. She finished the competition with a 2:38.95 in the 800-meter run for her winning total of 3,143 points to smash her own school record set in 2010 by 71 points.
Her achievement was a fitting conclusion for a career that has included five outdoor school records, four indoor records and a role in winning seven consecutive Section III championships for Cazenovia’s spring track, indoor track and cross country teams.