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Girls Lakers crush field at DiMao Invitational

Caz indoor track scores 168 points; Cudney wins twice

— Two weeks, two appearances for the Cazenovia girls indoor track and field team - and two very convincing victories on the ledger.

The Lakers simply pulled away from everyone in Thursday night’s John DiMao Memorial Invitational at Colgate University’s Sanford Field House. Earning 168 points, Cazenovia had more than double the total of runner-up Rome Free Academy, who got 64 points.

Unlike the first Mohawk Valley Indoor Track Association meet six days earlier, individuals could earn points, which gave Cazenovia ample opportunity to stack up its stars and outclass everyone.

Many of those points came from Jeanette Cudney, who won twice. In the 1,500-meter run, Cudney won the race in a time of five minutes, 15.23 seconds, with Meredith Shephard fourth (5:41.90) and Mya Walters (5:44.23) taking sixth place.

As a follow-up, in the 1,000-meter run, Cudney prevailed in 3:18.80, with Colleen Stalder taking third place in 3:23.87 and Maureen Milmoe (3:35.43) in fifth place.

In the 4x200 relay, Clare Costello, Isabella Quattrone, Olivia McEntee and Sarah Willard prevailed in 1:53.80, with Oriskany (1:57.17) the runner-up. Then, on her own, Costello won the 55-meter dash, edging Central Valley Academy’s Liz Belfast, 7.73 seconds to Belfast’s 7.76.

Cazenovia swept all three relay events that were scored. Willard, Julia Raleigh, Samantha Gates and Keeley Race needed 4:41.43 to hold off Clinton (4:46.71) and win the 4x400, while Grace Wheeler, Megan Henderson, Grace Milmoe and Hannah Light-Olson got first place in the 4x800 in 10:46.48, with New Hartford (10:53.44) taking second place.

Ashley Kent earned her victory in the triple jump, going 33 feet 2 inches, easily outlasting Clinton’s Alayna Lofgren (32’5 ½”) for the title, and Kent got to second place in the 55-meter hurdles in 9.66 seconds, while Delaney Yates (10.34 seconds) got fifth place.

Liz Pittman, fifth to Kent in the triple jump (30’11”), was victorious in the pole vault, clearing 8 feet with fewer misses than West Canada Valley’s Abigail Esty, with Tori Fischer fourth (6’6”) and Glenna Kahalan fifth. Pittman also went 15’1”, to finish third in the long jump, while Fischer tied for fifth in the high jump.

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