Caz girls indoor track wins MVITA opener

Kent, Cudney lead Lakers past New Hartford, Clinton

— Recent years have seen the Cazenovia girls indoor track and field team dominate the opposition at the various Mohawk Valley Indoor Track Association meets contested at Colgate Unviersity’s Sanford Field House during the winter.

That started to happen again last Friday night, when the Lakers earned 96 points to fend off Clinton (78 points) and New Hartford (70 points) to win the first MVITA gathering of 2013-14.

Even the graduation of sprint star Ashley Winn hasn’t slowed Cazenovia down. Ashley Kent is still around, and she was a big factor in this meet, starting with her 55-meter hurdles victory in 9.68 seconds as she and Delaney Yates won with a combined 20.84 seconds.

Cazenovia also won the 4x800 relay as Jeanette Cudney, Maureen Milmoe, Grace Milmoe and Colleen Stalder posted a time of 10:36.30, well clear of runner-up New Hartford (11:09.96) and the field. Chittenango was sixth in 12:30.79.

Not stopping there, Cudney won the 1,500-meter run in 5:14.40 as she, along with Megan Henderson (second), Mya Walters (fifth) and Meredith Shephard (seventh) claimed the combined race in 22:12.36 for 10 more points.

The Lakers also cleaned up in field events. Hannah Dain and Sarah Haley, second and third among individuals behind West Canada’s Jillian Jones (25 feet 1 inch), combined for a victory in the shot put with throws adding up to 49’ 8 ½”. Dain and Haley also got third (46’11 ½”) in the weight throw.

Kent and Ashley Pittman were second (28’3”) to Central Valley Academy (30’4”) in the long jump relay, with that same pair also getting the runner-up spot in the triple jump, going 63’5 ½” between them as Clinton (65’7 ½”) prevailed. Chittenango was sixth in 51’5”.

In the 4x200 relay, Olivia McEntee, Isabella Quattrone, Julia Raleigh and Jessie Matt were second, in 1:57.63, just behind Oriskany, who won in 1:56.35. Jessica Macheda, teaming with Tori Fischer, were third in the high jump, clearing a combined 8’10”. Fischer and Pittman were second (15 feet) to Clinton (16 feet) in the pole vault.

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