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Track Lakers win big at sectional state qualifier

Skaneateles 4x100 relay team breaks school record

The Skaneateles girls track and field 4x100 relay team of (from left) Amanda Wetmore, Katelyn Ellison, Laurel Parker and Taylor Woodruff won their race in Thursday’s Section III state qualifier at Cicero-North Syracuse in a time of 50.91 seconds, breaking a school record and advancing to next weekend’s state meet at Middletown High School.

The Skaneateles girls track and field 4x100 relay team of (from left) Amanda Wetmore, Katelyn Ellison, Laurel Parker and Taylor Woodruff won their race in Thursday’s Section III state qualifier at Cicero-North Syracuse in a time of 50.91 seconds, breaking a school record and advancing to next weekend’s state meet at Middletown High School.

— Also helping to take second place in the 4x800 was sophomore Liz Dwyer and eighth-grader Julia Willcox. The squad finished behind small school winner Remsen (9:46.05) for the second year in a row

On her own, Woodruff was second in the 400-meter dash. Missing the state meet standard by barely three-tenths of a second, Woodruff clocked a sizzling 58.77 seconds with a closing kick that brought the fans to their feet. Only South Jefferson star Skylar Pastor (57.62 seconds) did better.

Another eighth-grader, Raenah Campbell, met the state standard in the 100-meter hurdles. But it wasn't enough in the most competitive event of the state qualifier.

After hitting several of the ten hurdles in the preliminary heat but still finishing in 16.69 seconds, Campbell moved her weight forward in the starting blocks and came out smoothly and powerfully. With the effort, she clocked her best time of the year in 16.51 seconds, putting her in seventh place. Pulaski star Breann Burns won in a blistering 14.66 seconds.

Meanwhile, in the boys state qualifier, the Lakers’ Carson Schwab finished third in the Division II pole vault, clearing 12 feet, though trailing Camden’s Aaron Davis, who won with 13’6”.

Schwab also teamed with Dan Wolfanger, Nick Smolenski and Max Dwyer as Skaneateles was fifth in the Division II 4x100 relay in 45.73 seconds. In the 4x400, Wolfanger joined Patrick Biver, Ethan Johanns and Matt Clymer for a time of 3:34.77 that also led to a fifth-place finish.

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