SYRACUSE Gathering together all of its disparate pieces, the Skaneateles girls indoor track and field team emerged from Thursday night’s OHSL Liberty/Patriot division championship meet at SRC Arena with a second-place finish.
Of the 14 teams in the field, Skaneateles, with 73 points, topped everyone except its fellow Lakers from Cazenovia, who emerged with the title by earning 131 points.
Freshman Kaitlyn Neal was victorious in the 3,000-meter run, where she finished in 10 minutes, 40.25 seconds, topping CBA’s Megan Ann Pierce by 7.15 seconds. Neal’s teammate, Jenn DeRosa, was fifth in 11:44.13.
Megan Molnar also prevailed, in the pole vault, clearing the same height (8 feet 6 inches) as Cazenovia’s Liz Pittman, but doing so with fewer misses to get the top spot.
In the 4x200 relay, Emma Ford, Corrine LaFrance, Ashley Bonocore and Jane Gaffney finished second in 1:56.87 as Cazenovia (1:50.86) prevailed. Individually, Ford had a second-place high jump of 4’9” as she (7.82 seconds) and LaFrance (7.89 seconds) were fourth and fifth, respectively, in the 55-meter dash.
Liz Dwyer, Julia Willcox, Aubreah Lynn and Jane Gaffney ran to third place in the 4x400 relay in 4:32.94, while DeRosa, Morel Malcolm, Maggie Dunn and Maria Schillace were third (10:48.92) in the 4x800. Madeline Adams was fourth in the 1,000-meter run in 3:16.89. Taylor Woodruff took fourth in the 300-meter dash in 44.44 seconds.
Willcox took sixth (1:55.29) in the 600-meter run, with Dwyer fifth (5:19.64) and Malcolm (5:19.78) sixth in the 1,500-meter run. Mallorie Olin earned fifth in the shot put (26’ 2 ½”), with Natalie Roche fifth in the triple jump (29’ 3 ¼”) as Alex Clark was sixth in the 55-meter hurdles.
When the boys OHSL Liberty/Patriot meet took place last Wednesday night, Skaneateles picked up 29 points, putting them in sixth place, exactly in the middle of a 12-team field. Westhill/Bishop Ludden and Solvay (93 points) shared the top spot.