Indoor track athletes gain wins at state qualifier

Leff takes girls 1,500; Cometti sweeps Division II sprints

— Also, Westhill/Ludden’s Emily Mizer was fourth in the Divison I 600-meter run in 1:42.05, while Annibel Coolican was fourth in Division I in the 3,000-meter run in 10:55.81. Caroline Coates, Erin Christensen, Erin Morrell and Genny Corcoran were fourth (10:09.73) in the 4x800 relay. Kayla Wild and Bella Sterly were sixth and eighth, respectively, in the shot put.

Moving to the boys state qualifier, Solvay’s Nick Cometti won the Division II portion of two sprints and nearly claimed the overall titles against large-school opposition.

Cometti, in the 55-meter dash, hit the line in 6.64 seconds, topped only by Nottingham’s Sterling Lowry (6.60), and it was closer in the 300, where Cometti, in 36.78 seconds, nearly caught C-NS’s Mark Broughton (36.77) at the tape as Westhill/Ludden’s Christian St. Amour (37.92) was fourth.

Marcellus senior Ryan Manahan won the overall race in the 1,000, beating the Division I sides with a time of 2:33.27 as Baldwinsville’s Alec Peinkofer (2:34.10) led the trailing pack that included WG’s Nate Conroy (2:41.41).

As if that wasn’t enough, Manahan, teamed with Nick Nye, Nate Waite and Will Coon, earned the Division II title in the 4x200 relay in 1:38.61, while Westhill/Ludden (1:38.16) was third in Division I behind Nottingham and Fowler.

Corey Wilkinson, who ran with St. Amour, Ben Rath and Peter Guy in the 4x200, won the overall title in the shot put, heaving it 50’5 ¼”, nearly four feet better than Liverpool’s Geoffrey Bell.

For J-E, Bill DiRenzo earned his ticket to the state meet by winning the Division II portion of the 600 in 1:27.46, second overall to Fayetteville-Manlius’ Charlie Beeler (1:26.58). Solvay’s Matt Battaglia was fourth (1:28.38), beating out the Wildcats’ Jack Erhard (1:29.34) in fifth.

DiRenzo’s teammate, Jack Gugel, had the fastest Division II showing in the mile, racing to the line in a time of 4:39.53. Both WG’s Pete Richardson and Westhill/Ludden’s Xavier Fleurinor missed the finals of the 55 hurdles, while Solvay’s Josh Marotti tied for sixth (11 feet) in the pole vault.

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