Rachael Miller prevailed in the 1,500-meter run in 4:47.36.Cierra Allen broke the one-minute mark in the 400-meter dash (59.60 seconds) for another title. For the Warriors, Ore Akinpelu led the way, taking the 200 sprint (26.41 seconds) and 400 hurdles (1:04.97) and running a leg in the 4x400 relay.
For both of B’ville’s sides, big weekend events remained, starting with the boys going to the New Hartford Invitational Friday and picking up 41 points to finish fifth in a 26-team field. CiCero-North Syracuse, with 94.5 points, claimed the team title.
But no one caught the Bees in the 4x800, where Peinkofer, Fleming, Perez and Martin posted the fastest Section III time of the spring with 8:00.60, nearly 20 seconds ahead of runner-up New Hartford (8:21.50) and the field. In the distance medley relay, Wicks joined Peinkofer, Fleming and Perez as B’ville won again in 10:31.40, with Niskayuna (11:05.90) and the pack far behind.
Then Wicks and Jeff Mahar went 1-2 in the 400 sprint, as Wicks went to the front in 51.31 seconds, holding off Mahar, who was second with 51.49 seconds. Conner Ross added a fifth in the 800 in 2:02.57 as Pat McNamara was sixth in the discus, heaving it 129 feet, while Calnan tied for sixth (5’8”) in the high jump and Logan Maar shared sixth (10’6”) in the pole vault.
It just so happened that the B’ville girls track team also finished fifth in Saturday’s Rome Invitational at Rome Free Academy Stadium, earning 48.5 points, though it was Bethlehem (84.5 points) in the top spot this time around.
For the Bees, a highlight came in the 1,600 sprint medley, where Angelica Tomasello, Gabby Jordan, Cierra Allen and Kelley Hull, in a time of 4:22.14, topped second-place Canton (4:28.48) by more than six seconds. Stephanie Vasteno joined Jordan, Allen and Tomasello as the Bees took second (50.25 seconds) to Liverpool (50.04 seconds) in the 4x100 relay.