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Skaneateles girls climb to second at indoor sectionals

Neal sweeps distance races; Schwab wins boys pole vault

— In the boys Class B meet, where Skaneateles finished ninth in a 12-team field with 28 points (Solvay won with 84 points), it was Carson Schwab again ruling in the pole vault.

Once Solvay's Josh Marotti could not make it past 11 feet 6 inches, Schwab had the Class B title won. Now, to win the overall event, he had to wait out misses from Tully's Noah Paccia and West Canada Valley's George Youngs, each of whom were unable to clear 12 feet.

Schwab, too, missed on his first two attempts at 12'. But on his final try, Schwab cleared it to post the top individual performance. For good measure, he also topped 12'3" and 12'6" and, in the two-day sectional meet, fared better than all but one vaulter - Zach Liebmann (Jamesville-DeWitt), who cleared 13 feet a day earlier in the Class A championships.

Skaneateles also contended in the 4x200, where the quartet of Dan Wolfanger, Dan Stabile, Nick Smolenski and Patrick Biver made their way to second place in 1:39.04, just behind Hannibal, who won in 1:38.13. Earlier, in the 4x400, Wolfanger, Smolenski, Biver and Max Dwyer got to third place in 3:40.11.

Dan Sakal was right behind Schwab, earning fifth place as he cleared 9'6", matching Nate Molnar's finish in the shot put as Molnar threw it 41'8". Connor Hurley was ninth in the triple jump, with Ari Hristoduolou getting 10th place in the long jump.

Schwab, Neal and the rest of the Skaneateles stars are back at SRC Arena next Wednesday for the Section III state qualifier, and the top finishers there advance to the March 2 state championship meet at Cornell University's Barton Hall.

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