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Local track teams vie for OHSL Liberty honors

Host Marcellus has best team finish; Solvay's McLeod wins twice

— Each of the nine Onondaga High School League Liberty division track and field teams gathered Monday at Marcellus for the league championship meet.

In both instances, the host Mustangs fared best among local sides, rising to third place in the boys meet with 72 points, trailing only CBA, who won with 132 points, and Hannibal, who was second with 108 points.

Ryan Manahan gave Marcellus an 800-meter victory in a swift one minute, 55.33 seconds, while Joe Fallon took the mile in 4:34.04. John Bell was second in the 3,200-meter run in 10:11.48.

Elsewhere, Rob Coon cleared 11 feet to gain second place in the pole vault, while Brian O’Connell was third (5’8”) in the high jump. Justin Garn claimed third in the 400-meter dash in 53.23 seconds. Nate Waite took fourth in the long jump (18’7”) as Dylan Felty was fifth in the 400 hurdles.

The Mustangs’ best relay finish was a second in the 4x100, where Coon, O’Connell, Waite and Matt Dempsey finished in 47.86 seconds. Marcellus also was third (3:36.62) in the 4x400.

Solvay, who was fourth in the team standings with 69 points, won that 4x400 as Matt Battaglia, Nate Carr, Nick Cometti and Eric Goodrich got a top time of 3:34.50.

Brian McLeod earned the victory in the high jump, clearing 6 feet, and didn’t stop there as he went 20’ ½” to beat the field in the long jump and added a third in the triple jump with 39’11”.

Cometti, on his own, won a tight 200-meter dash, edging CBA’s Dametrious Brown, 23.35 seconds to 23.38, and claimed second in the 100-meter dash in 11.48 seconds. Battaglia was fourth in the mile as Josh Marotti earned fourth in the 400 hurdles (1:04.39) and pole vault (10’6”) and Carr took sixth in the 800. Luke Randall was sixth in the shot put.

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