SYRACUSE From distance running to field events to sprints, each of the Skaneateles indoor track and field teams had plenty of highlights during Thursday night's Section III Class B championship meet at SRC Arena.
The girls Lakers, paced by freshman Kaitlyn Neal, picked up 92 points, topping everyone in the 11-team field except Cazenovia, who won with 132 points.
Neal started off the evening by pulling away in the 3,000-meter run, her time of 11 minutes, 5.05 seconds nearly half a minute ahead of Cazenovia's Jeanette Cudney as Jennifer DeRosa (11:49.99) claimed third place.
Then, in the 1,500-meter run, Neal provided a carbon copy of the 3,000 as she won in 5:01.63, again topping Cudney, who was 5.27 seconds behind. Morel Malcolm (5:25.47) took fifth place.
This led to the 4x800 relay, where Neal offered a fitting cap to her evening, running the anchor leg as she joined Madeline Adams, Liz Dwyer and Maggie Dunn for a victory in 10:14.42, again leaving Cazenovia (10:32.71) in the runner-up spot.
Back in the 4x400 relay, Malcolm, teaming with Jane Gaffney, Aubreah Lynn and Julia Willcox, earned first place in 4:28.80, just enough to hold off Cazenovia (4:30.34) in yet another 1-2 Laker battle.
It was reversed, though, in the 300-meter dash, where Emma Ford roared to a time of 42.88 seconds, the best in the entire two-day sectional meet - except for Cazenovia's Ashley Winn, who rallied past Ford in the closing stretch to win in 42.30 seconds.
Ford was also third (7.77 seconds) in the 55-meter dash behind Winn (7.41 seconds) and her Cazenovia teammate, Clare Costello (7.67), as Corinne LaFrance (7.85 seconds) was fifth. LaFrance, Willcox, Lynn and Ashley Bonocore took third place (2:00.87) in the 4x200 relay.
Adams made her way to third place in the 1,000-meter run in 3:11.09, with Dwyer (3:18.86) taking fourth place. Megan Molnar cleared 8 feet 6 inches to secure third place in the pole vault, while Malorie Olin was fourth in the shot put (25'9 1/4") and Ford took fifth (4'7") in the high jump. Natalie Roche was seventh in the triple jump and Jane Gaffney was seventh in the 600-meter run.