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Leff, Manahan win track races at Loucks Games

J-E boys finish third at Weedsport Invitational

Amid a full weekend of track and field meets all over the state, Marcellus senior Ryan Manahan and junior Laura Leff both went to White Plains for the 46th annual Glenn D. Loucks Games, and both would earn victories.

Manahan was victorious in Friday night’s 800-meter run, roaring to a time of one minute, 52.28 seconds to edge Kellenberg’s Dylan Murphy (1:52.67) and the rest of an elite field of 56 runners.

Then, in Saturday’s mile, Manahan claimed third place in 4:13.07 as Pascack Valley’s Ben Malone won in 4:09.73 and St. Benedict’s Ed Cheserek was second in 4:11.19.

As for Leff, her victory came in the 2,000-meter steeplechase, held on Saturday afternoon. In a time of 6:52.56, Leff was the only competitor out of 30 to break the seven-minute mark as Marcellus junior Rachel Garn made her way to third place in 7:03.38.

On the boys end for West Genesee, Peter Richardson was sixth in the 400-meter hurdles in 57.33 seconds, while Josh Harris went 5 feet 6 inches in the high jump to finish 12th.

Jordan-Elbridge’s boys track team had a big showing in Saturday’s Weedsport Invitational, finishing third with 76 points behind Weedsport (117 points) and Skaneateles, who was second with 92 points.

Jack Gugel pulled away to win the mile in 4:44.88, nearly eight seconds ahead of the field, and helped Dylan Whittico, Austin Whittico and Bill DiRenzo as J-E was victorious in the 4x400 relay, edging Skaneateles, 3:31.87 to 3:32.30. DiRenzo, Jacob Patterson and the DiRenzo brothers won the 1,600 sprint medley in 3:41.02, the only sub-four minute effort.

Nick Parkolap prevailed in the triple jump, going 36’8 ½”, nearly half a foot better than Living Word’s Sean Meyer (36’3”). Tyler May was second (130’4”) and Micah Quigley fourth (113’10”) in the discus, with May adding a third (42’7 ½”) in the shot put. Nate Hollis tied for fifth in the high jump.

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