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Skaneateles girls track wins OHSL Liberty meet

Lakers top Cazenovia one week after head-to-head loss

— Just a few miles down the road from where they clashed a week earlier, the Skaneateles and Cazenovia girls track and field teams dueled again, only this time with the company of eight other sides as part of Monday's Onondaga High School League Liberty division championship meet at Chittenango High School.

And unlike that head-to-head encounter where Cazenovia prevailed, this time it was Skaneateles finishing on top, earning 136 points to the 114 points gained by those other Lakers. Marcellus, with 88 points, finished third.

Skaneateles cleaned up in sprints, helped by the fact that Cazenovia sprint star Ashley Winn did not finish the 100-meter final and missed the rest of the meet with a pulled hamstring. Amanda Wetmore won that race in 13.41 seconds as Corrine LaFrance (13.63 seconds) finished fourth.

Taylor Woodruff won the 400-meter dash in 1:00.62, with teammate Olivia Gage (1:06.23) in fourth. Then, in the 200-meter dash final, Woodruff, without Winn to worry about, won in 27.41 seconds, Katelyn Ellison (28.33 seconds) taking fifth.

Eighth-grader Raenah Campbell needed 1:10.86 to prevail in the 400-meter hurdles, just ahead of Willcox (1:12.32) in third place, with Campbell also second in the 100-meter hurdles in 16.89 seconds, edged out by Cazenovia's Ashley Kent (16.84 seconds).

They all worked together in the 4x100 relay, where Wetmore, Woodruff, Ellison and Laurel Parker, in 53 seconds flat, pulled away from Cazenovia (54.46 seconds) and the field. The Lakers were also fourth (4:30.25) in the 4x400 relay.

Another key to the outcome was the way Skaneateles soared to the top in distance races, starting with the 4x800 relay, where Madeline Adams, Liz Dwyer, Kaitlyn Neal and Julia Willcox prevailed in nine minutes, 57.65 seconds, with Westhill/Bishop Ludden (10:02.40) in second.

Adams, on her own, won the 3,000-meter run in 11:04.34, while Dwyer (11:23.44) was third. Neal got second place, in 5:02.82, to Marcellus' Rachel Garn (5:00.80) in the 1,500-meter run as Morel Malcolm was second in the 2,000-meter steeplechase in 8:07.69.

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