As it does each May, the Christian Brothers Academy track and field teams brought in top athletes from across the area for the Brother Basilian Invitational at Alibrandi Stadium, and the home sides had plenty of reason to smile by the time it was all done.
In the boys meet, CBA won five times, including the 4x400 relay, where Jack Brower, Zach Zajdel, Matt Stedman and Danny O’Connor posted a time of three minutes, 33.2 seconds to hold off Sauquoit Valley (3:35.5) and the rest of the field.
Jack Brower went on to claim the 800-meter run in 2:00.7, where East Syracuse-Minoa teammates Joe Coogan (2:02.3) and Jesse Perrone (2:03.2) were third and fourth, respectively.
Meanwhile, David Carey was victorious in the 3,200-meter run in 10:16.9, while Dametrius Brown needed 11.1 seconds to take the 100-meter dash. Will Brower, third in the 110 high hurdles (16.7 seconds), would claim the high jump by clearing 5 feet 11 inches as ESM’s Corey Vollmer dominated the pole vault with a top clearance of 12’7”.
In the girls Basilian meet, Megan Ann Pierce needed 10:35.4 to prevail in the 3,000-meter run after Maggie Fletcher, Allie Eber, Julia Germain and Maire Kate McGlynn combined to run the 4x800 relay in 10:32.1 and take first place.
Anna Schug won the 400 sprint in 1:01 flat, while Gabby Schug went 5:00.4 in the 1,500-meter run, edging out McGlynn (5:01.2) for second place behind Skaneateles’ Kaitlyn Neal, who won in 4:58.1.
Just 24 hours later, McGlynn was victorious in the 2,000-meter steeplechase during the Rome Invitational at Rome Free Academy Stadium, her time of 7:30 flat more than five seconds better than Watertown IHC’s Gabby Thompson as Gabby Schug (8:01.6) was fifth.
Meanwhile, Anna Schug nearly won the 200 sprint in Rome, her time of 26.60 seconds just behind Bethlehem’s Arnelle Thomas, who won in 25.50 seconds.