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J-D indoor track girls win Class A sectional title

Boys Red Rams finish second to Westhill/Ludden

— Fox, on her own, won the 300-meter dash in 44.61 seconds and, in the 55-meter dash, was second (7.59 seconds) to Mexico’s Chelsea Beshures (7.38 seconds) in the 55-meter dash, while Danforth had a second-place showing in the 55-meter hurdles in 9.88 seconds, trailing only Homer’s Jekeytha Adkins (9.03 seconds), who finished second to Vasiliou in the long jump.

ESM did claim both of the longest individual races, though, as Marra held off Carpenter, 4:53.59 to 4:54.48, to prevail in the 1,500-meter run and Pallotta roared to first place in 11:12.33, leaving J-D’s Hannah Stefl (11:46.12) in third place.

And the Spartans broke up the Rams’ domination in field events thanks to Nina Zesky, who cleared 5’1” in the high jump to edge New Hartford’s Maya Hamonds (5’) by an inch to take the victory.

The Spartans’ Kate McGarrity got to fourth in the 55 sprint (8.07 seconds) and fifth in the 300, while Miller was fourth in the 600 (1:46.09) and Grace Maring was sixth in the 1,000.

J-D’s quartet of Casey Keane, Kim Walsh, Mackenzie Maxam and McKenzie Kallquist was third in the 4x400 relay in 4:32.62, with the Spartans (4:56.47) in fourth place.

Moving to the boys meet, J-D could not quite catch Westhill/Ludden despite its own series of high finishes, hurt especially when it was unable to finish a 4x200 relay where it was one of the favorites.

Zach Liebmann paced the Rams’ efforts. In the pole vault, he cleared 13 feet for the victory as ESM teammates Corey Vollmer (11’6”) and Caiden Moynihan (10’6”) were second and third, respectively Liebmann also won the 300 sprint in 38.21 seconds, holding off Westhill/Ludden’s Ben Rath (38.34 seconds) at the line.

Taumeras Howard, in 6.87 seconds, and Jordan Franklin, in 6.89 seconds, edged out West Point-bound Westhill/Ludden star Corey Wilkinson (6.93) in a close 55 sprint for a 1-2 J-D finish. Howard moved to the high jump and, by clearing 5’8”, won again, with Jaquan Tearney (5’) in third place.

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