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Caz girls track win streak ends at 32 meets

Marcellus prevails over Lakers; boys side beats Mustangs

— Back in 2009, the Cazenovia girls track and field team started a streak where no one in the Onondaga High School League’s Liberty could catch up to them.

It took five seasons and 32 meets, but the Lakers were finally caught in Wednesday afternoon’s chilly season opener at Buckley-Volo Field by Marcellus, who prevailed 79-64 in a dual meet where, by contrast, Cazenovia’s boys team managed to defeat the Mustangs by a score of 77-64.

That girls meet included several victories on Cazenovia’s side. Ashley Kent won a close 100-meter hurdles over Zoe Higgins, 17.5 seconds to 17.6, and moved on to earn first place in the triple jump by going 31 feet 7 ¾ inches.

Maria Stalder was victorious in the 400-meter dash in 1:06.5, also teaming with Colleen Stalder, Bailey Forrett and Katherine Gabor for first place in the 4x400 relay in 4:33.7. For her part, Colleen Stalder won the 800-meter run in 2:42.8.

Jeanette Cudney finished second in both the 1,500 and 3,000-meter runs to Marcellus standout Rachel Garn, but did pair with Maureen Milmoe and the Stalder sisters to take the 4x800 relay in 10:49.2.

Jessica Macheda went 15’2” to win the long jump and Victoria Fisher cleared 4’8” to finish first in the high jump, but the Mustangs’ double victories from Garn in the 1,500 (5:16.3) and 3,000 (11:26.3), combined with double wins from Suzanna Sylcox (shot put, discus) and Abby Fallon (100 meters, 200 meters), helped Marcellus finish on top.

As one win streak finally ended, Cazenovia’s boys team hoped to get one of its own underway, and with Walker Nichols, Ryan O’Herien and Sean Satchwell setting the pace, the Lakers earned a key early-season win over Marcellus.

Nichols started out by blazing through the 110 high hurdles in 15.6 seconds. In the high jump, he cleared 5’6” as part of a 1-2-3 sweep with Garrett Clabeaux (5’4”) and Brandon Fox (5’2”), and to cap it off, Nichols went 19’9” in the long jump, more than two feet clear of the field as Alec Boone (17’3 ¾”) was second.

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