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Girls track Lakers smash J-E, star at invitational meet

Skaneateles 4x800 side qualifies for June state meet

Determined to establish itself as the favorite in the Onondaga High School League Liberty division, the Skaneateles girls track and field team had little trouble with Jordan-Elbridge last Wednesday afternoon, putting together a 112-27 victory over the Eagles.

It helped the Lakers to sweep all three relay events, starting in the 4x800, where Morel Malcolm, Emily Norris, Maria Schillace and Jillian Van Leer went 11 minutes, 59.5 seconds for a first-place finish.

And that spread to the 4x100 relay, where Katelyn Ellison, Taylor Woodruff, Amanda Wetmore and Laurel Parker won in 51.8 seconds. To cap it off, Woodruff, joined by Raenah Campbell, Olivia Gage and Shannon Roberts, finished first in the 4x400 relay in 4:24.2.

Campbell stood out on an individual basis, going 16.5 seconds to dominate the 100-meter hurdles, beating the field by more than three seconds, before she went 1:09.6 to pull away in the 400-meter hurdles. Gage contributed a 400-meter dash victory in 1:05.1, holding off teammate Aubreah Lynn (1:05.4) for that title.

Wetmore, in 13.5 seconds, edged J-E’s Julie Hines (13.6 seconds) to win the 100-meter dash, with Van Leer (13:59.3) and Norris (13:59.4) running together in the 3,000-meter classic as Kaitlyn Neal prevailed in the 1,500-meter run in 5:11 flat, with Julia Willcox (5:18.2) second.

Not only did Van Leer take the 3,000, she also had the top triple jump of 28 feet 11 ½ inches, with Keely Gregg in second place. Gregg was also second to Megan Molnar (7’6”) in the pole vault as Makyala Dickensen won the shot put (23’3”) and was second to Katherine Carlile (67’6”) in the discus.

On Saturday, the Skaneateles girls team co-hosted its own invitational meet with Marcellus, though it was contested at the Mustangs’ home track, and would play a starring role.

In the 4x800 relay, the Lakers’ quartet of Adams, Willcox, Liz Dwyer and Kaitlyn Neal did not just win the race, they did so in a meet-record nine minutes, 55.92 seconds, beating the field more than half a minute (Tully was second in 10:28.05) and automatically qualifying for the June 6-7 state meet, to take place at Cicero-North Syracuse’s Bragman Stadium.

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