Whether close to home, or in venues like Chittenango and Baldwinsville, area track and field teams had a busy weekend and a lot of positive results.
Marcellus co-hosted a girls track invitational with Skaneateles on Saturday afternoon, and amid ideal conditions Rachel Garn gave the Mustang fans a victory in the 2,000-meter steeplechase.
Having won three races (at 800, 1,500 and 3,000 meters) in a meet win over Westhill/Bishop Ludden three days earlier, Garn had plenty left for this race, claiming the 2,000 steeplechase in seven minutes, 21.49 seconds, nearly 11 seconds ahead of Tully’s Gabby Thompson (7:32.47) at the line.
Garn teamed with Zoe Higgins, Shannon Twombly and Haley Randall to gain third place in the 4x400 relay in 4:27.86. Higgins also was fifth in the 400 hurdles in a time of 1:13.39.
Suzanna Sylcox had a sixth-place shot put toss of 28 feet 6 ¾ inches. Emma Blystone was ninth in the pole vault and Schuyler Stuart was 10th in the 3,000-meter run.
The night before, West Genesee had strong efforts in two different events, the girls tying for fifth at the Chittenango Invitational with 41 points and the boys finishing third with 78 points, behind Cicero-North Syracuse and host Baldwinsville, at the John Arcaro Relays.
At Chittenango, the girls Wildcats cleaned up in field events, where Abby Uczen won the pole vault, the only athlete to clear 10 feet as Westhill/Bishop Ludden’s Mary Kate Washburn was sixth.
Brianna Richardson, in 17.23 seconds, was second to Rome Free Academy’s Mariah Johnson (16.91 seconds) in the 100-meter hurdles.Melissa Bakowski added a third in the high jump, clearing 4’8”, while Maureen McInerney got third in the shot put with a throw of 31’4”.
Lindsay Weaver, Maria Matkoski, Mary McGlynn and Elise Dunshee gave WG a third-place time of 10:18.52 in the 4x800 relay. Laura Leff, Allison Iles, Melissa Bakowski and Tianna DeChick-Perrine were fourth (4:18.70) in the 4x400.