WG boys track takes fourth at New Hartford meet

All area teams compete in multiple weekend events

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.

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