In four different locations, local high school track and field teams went to work in a quartet of weekend meets.
At the 59th annual New Hartford Invitational on Friday, the West Genesee boys team finished fourth out of 22 entrants with 45 points, as Cicero-North Syracuse (75 points) went to the top as Solvay earned 21 points to claim 12th place.
Luke Potash dazzled in the 400-meter dash, winning in 50.13 seconds to edge Clinton’s Jordan Chrobak for the top spot, while Peter Richardson sped to second place in the 400-meter hurdles in 57.59 seconds, trailing only Jamesville-DeWitt’s Will Sterriker (56.76 seconds).
Martin Leff, Nate Conroy, Matt Romano and Mike Lannon needed 11:16.94 to finish second in the distance medley relay. Jack Erhard contended in the 800-meter run, finishing third in 2:01.85, while Dave Martin was fifth in the shot put. The Wildcats also were fourth in the 1,600 sprint medley relay in 3:56.98.
Nearly half of Solvay’s points were earned in the 4x400 relay, where Matt Battaglia, Nick Cometti, Nate Carr and Eric Goodrich blazed to a victory in 3:34.50, beating runner-up Holland Patent by 2.79 seconds. Matt Cregan gained second in the 3,200-meter run in 10:24.03, while Cometti was fifth in the 200-meter dash.
Marcellus, who only had 13 points, got most of them from seeing Ryan Manahan pull away and win the mile in 4:18.37, more than eight seconds ahead of the field as WG’s Leff was third (4:39.11). Manahan’s teammate, John Bell, was fifth, and Conroy was sixth. Also for Marcellus, Joe Fallon was sixth in the 800.
Jordan-Elbridge competed in Friday’s CBA Brother Basilian Invitational, where Brianna Byrnes needed 2:32.5 to take third in the 800, just as Abby Gugel (5:07.5) and Julia Conlan (5:13.5) were third and fourth, respectively, in the 1,500-meter run. Courtney Hourigan took fourth (18.6 seconds) in the 100 hurdles.