SYRACUSE Accustomed to finishing in front of the opposition all winter long, the Cazenovia girls indoor track and field team maintained that trend and, by doing so, won the Section III Class B championship Thursday night at Onondaga Community College's SRC Arena.
The fight at the top pitted two Laker sides, Cazenovia and Skaneateles, against each other. And with 128.5 points, Cazenovia got the best of it, leaving Skaneateles (91 points) in the runner-up spot as Clinton, with 76 points, claimed third place.
A big key to the outcome was Cazenovia winning two of the three relays, and finishing second in the other, adding up to 28 points. In the 4x400, Sarah Willard, Megan Henderson and Samantha Gates posted a time of four minutes, 22.17 seconds, prevailing as Skaneateles (4:28.37) took second place.
Then, in the 4x200, Claire Costello, Jessie Matt, Olivia McEntee and Sarah Willard won in a thriller, Willard edging out Skaneateles' Taylor Woodruff at the line, Cazenovia finishing in 1:52.57 to Skaneateles' 1:52.79. This came after Henderson, Gates, Jeanette Cudney and Colleen Stalder were second in the 4x800 relay in 10:31.41 to Skaneateles (10:21.21) in the top spot.
Remarkably, Cazenovia did not win any individual events, but they piled up second and third-place finishes in all the disciplines - sprints, distance running and field events - to pull away from Skaneateles and the field.
Liz Pittman spread our her efforts in several events, clearing 8 feet 6 inches for second place in the pole vault behind Clinton's Hannah Shankman (9'6"), and getting second place in the triple jump with 33'5 1/2", again with Shankman (33'9 1/2") prevailing. Pittman got third place in the long jump, going 15'4 1/2", to give her 22 individual points for the meet.
Ashley Kent, who was third in the triple jump (33'3 1/2"), also was third in the 55-meter hurdles in 10.03 seconds, and got to sixth place in the long jump with 14'6 1/4". Jessica Macheda, with a long jump of 15'2 1/2", was fourth in the long jump, finishing between Pittman and Kent.