SYRACUSE Led once again by Laura Leff, West Genesee’s indoor track and field teams had plenty to smile about during Monday’s Oscar Jensen Holiday Relays at SRC Arena.
Leff’s pair of individual victories led to team titles, and ultimately the girls Wildcats finished with 37 points, moving them to third place behind Fayetteville-Manlius (69 points) and Cicero-North Syracuse, who was second with 47 points.
In the 1,000-meter run, Leff roared to first place in three minutes, 4.04 seconds, more than 10 seconds ahead of Jamesville-DeWitt’s Emilee Carpenter (3:14.59) in the second spot. With Elise Dunshee ninth among individuals, WG won in 6:23.95 as J-D (6:33.95) was exactly 10 seconds behind.
Later, in the 600-meter run, Leff finished in 1:41.82, again well clear of the runner-up, F-M’s Sophia Ryan (1:46.82), as Alicia Sakran joined in with an 11th-place effort and WG, in 3:33.22, again beat F-M (3:39.52) to finish in front.
Abby Uczen offered her own victory in the pole vault, clearing 9 feet and getting second-place team points all by herself as Homer had two athletes, Jade Auchmoody and Molly Ulrich, clear 15 feet between them.
Brianna Richardson, second among individuals in the 55-meter hurdles in 9.34 seconds, and Valerie Pirro were third on the team side with 20.29 seconds as Richardson added a third in the triple jump (33’9 ½”) and sixth in the long jump, where she and Pirro got sixth on the team side.
Carly Benson and Maria Matkoski were fifth in the mile relay in 11:24.10, with Jordan-Elbridge’s Abby Gugel and Mary Eilzabeth Dristle sixth in 11:31.15.
For Westhill/Bishop Ludden, the big highlight was Tatiana Monds winning the individual 55-meter dash in 7.72 seconds, with Solvay’s Nicole Antonacci ninth.
Annibel Coolican and Erin Christensen took second in the high jump, clearing 9’4” between them as Baldwinsville (9’9”) prevailed. They also were sixth in the 1,000 in 6:45.21, with Bella Sterly fourth in the shot put (30’5”), Natalie Jetter tying for fifth in the high jump and Alaina Kenny seventh in the 3,000-meter run.