As it inched toward Monday’s showdown with Cazenovia, the Skaneateles girls track and field team continued to handle the preliminary parts of its OHSL Liberty division schedule and also made some history along the way.
That history came out of last Friday’s appearance in Christian Brothers Academy’s Brother Basilian Invitational at Alibrandi Stadium, where the Lakers’ 4x100 relay team shattered a school record.
Amanda Wetmore, Katelyn Ellison, Taylor Woodruff and Laurel Parker combined to beat the field with a time of 51.8 seconds, a clocking that shattered the old school mark of 52.2 seconds and won the race, too, as Vernon-Verona-Sherrill (52.1 seconds) took the runner-up spot.
Skaneateles also prevailed in the 4x400, where Madeline Adams and Anna Barnett joined Ellison and Woodruff as the Lakers, in 4:16.2, pulled away from VVS (4:23.5) and the field. Adams, on her own, claimed second in 2:26.8 behind Oneida’s Kim DeCarr (2:23.6) in the 800-meter run.
That wasn’t the only win, either. Kaitlyn Neal went 4:58.1 to claim the 1,500-meter run over CBA’s Gabby Schug (5:00.4) and the field, while Raenah Campbell ran the 100-meter hurdles in 17 seconds flat, half a second better than Carthage’s Kristy Williams.
Woodruff went 15 feet 3 inches for second place in the long jump, while Julia Willcox and Mary Buck were fourth and fifth, respectively, in the high jump. Keely Gregg and Grace Belasin tied for third in the pole vault. The Lakers also finished third (11:09.1) in the 4x800 relay as Willcox was third in the 400 hurdles in 1:12.3 and Olivia Gage took fourth in the 400-meter dash (1:06.0).
Three days earlier, Skaneateles prevailed, 93-48, over Hannibal, part of a split where the Skaneateles boys side took an 87-54 loss to the Warriors.
Willcox and Rachel Baker both won a pair of events for the girls Lakers. Willcox ran the 400-meter hurdles in 1:14 flat and moved on to the high jump, where she cleared 4’8” to take that title.