Though strong on many fronts, the Skaneateles girls track and field team did not have enough – at least yet – to keep up with Cazenovia.
In last Monday’s OHSL Liberty National division first-place showdown at Buckley-Volo Field, it was Cazenovia emerging with an 83-58 victory, mainly because it kept earning key points in field events and swept the relays.
Still, Skaneateles had plenty of big moments, including eighth-grader Raenah Campbell going to the 100-meter hurdles and setting a school record with a time of 16.5 seconds, edging out Cazenovia’s Ashley Kent, who also finished at 16.5
In the 4x100 relay, Taylor Woodruff, Amanda Wetmore, Katelyn Ellison and Laurel Parker went 51.6 seconds, breaking the school record they just set three days earlier in the CBA Brother Basilian Invitational, but Cazenovia still overtook them late with Ashley Winn’s fast anchor leg to win in 51.2 seconds.
Aside from Woodruff going 15 feet 9 ¾ inches to edge teammate Nikki Cole (15’7 ¼”) in the long jump, Cazenovia won all of the other field events, including 1-2 efforts in the shot put and pole vault as Hannah Dain swept the shot put (26’8”) and discus (72’11 ¾”).
Two of the relay races proved close. Liz Dwyer, Morel Malcolm, Julia Willcox and Madeline Adams had a lead in the 4x800, but could not hold it, Cazenovia taking over in Jeanette Cudney’s anchor leg to prevail with 10:02.5 to the Skaneateles time of 10:03.9.
Yet Willcox did prevail in the 400 hurdles, getting 1:12.2 as Campbell finished second in 1:13.2, while Adams dropped a close 800-meter race to Cudney, 2:30.5 to Cudney’s 2:29.2. Kaitlyn Neal didn’t get caught as she won the 3,000-meter run in 11:07.9 and added a 1,500-meter victory in 5:28 flat.
Much later in the week, the Skaneateles boys track team emerged with a second-place finish in the annual Weedsport Invitational, earning 92 points, trailing only the host Weedsport Warriors, who won with 117 points.