Leff, Uczen lead WG girls to fourth at Grieve meet

Marcellus boys win 1,600 sprint medley relay

— All of the area’s indoor track and field teams were busy again with the Bob Grieve Memorial Invitational, which took place last Tuesday and Wednesday at SRC Arena.

In the second of those meets, the West Genesee girls side, mostly based on wins by Laura Leff and Abby Uczen, made its way to fourth place in a 26-team field, earning 31 points, though it was far from the Fayetteville-Manlius winning total of 95 points.

Leff took on the F-M distance runners in the 1,000-meter run and beat them, getting under the three-minute mark as her time of two minutes, 58.05 left the Hornets’ Alana Pearl (3:03.06) and Annika Avery (3:07.01) chasing her.

Meanwhile, Uczen earned another title in the pole vault, soaring past a height of 9 feet 9 inches, more than a foot better than runner-up Shae Shenandoah (Liverpool), who cleared 8’6”. From Westhill/Bishop Ludden, Caroline Black (7 feet) took fifth in that event.

WG also saw Brianna Richardson record a third-place triple jump of 33’ ¾” and take fourth place in the 55-meter hurdles in 9.69 seconds. Leff, Allison Iles, Lindsay Weaver and Nicole Paone took sixth (4:33.10) in the 4x400 relay.

Marcellus had the quartet of Rachel Garn, Abby Fallon, Molly McGuane and Shannon Twombly make their way to third place in the 1,600 sprint medley in 4:31.68. Jordan-Elbridge’s Brianna Byrnes claimed third (1:46.70) in the 600-meter run to earn all of the Eagles’ points.

Most of Westhill/Ludden’s points came from seeing Bella Sterly (32’2”) and Kayla Wild (32’ 1 ¼”) take third and fourth, respectively, in the shot put. Westhill/Ludden also had a fifth (13:23.61) in the distance medley relay as Erin Morrell, Emily Mizer, Caroline Coates and Annibel Coolican took part.

A night earlier, the boys Grieve meet saw West Genesee pick up 28 points for sixth place. Marcellus had 10 points, one more than Solvay and Westhill/Bishop Ludden, with Jordan-Elbridge earning three points. F-M (69 points) again finished on top.

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