Skaneateles girls finish second at Class B meet

Hill leads boys Lakers to fifth-place sectional finish

— One more time, the winter weather affected plans for the Skaneateles indoor track and field teams, as its appearance in the Section III Class B championships at SRC Arena got pushed back 24 hours by the largest snowstorm of the season.

They would get started, though, Thursday night, and the girls and boys Lakers both would post strong showings and earn plenty of victories by the time the sectional meet was done.

With 91 points, the Skaneateles girls beat everyone in the 10-team field except those other Lakers from Cazenovia, who did not win a single individual event, but parlayed two relay titles and high finishes everywhere else to a first-place total of 128.5 points.

Skaneateles started fast with a 1-2 effort from Kaitlyn Neal and Madeline Adams in the 3,000-meter run. The pair ran together and almost crossed the finish line at the same time, but Neal, in 10 minutes, 59.89 seconds, edged Adams (10:59.94) by five-hundredths of a second.

Later, in a 1,500-meter classic, Neal went after her rival, Marcellus’ Rachel Garn, who had already won the 1,000-meter run. Here, Neal finished in 4:52.04, but was 0.53 seconds behind Garn, who prevailed in 4:51.51.

In the 4x800 relay, Skaneateles would get the best of Cazenovia as Neal and Adams, joined by Julia Willcox and Liz Dwyer, finished in 10:21.21, with Cazenovia (10:31.41) more than 10 seconds behind.

Each of the three relays turned into Laker duels. In the 4x400, Olivia Gage, Alana Navaroli, Katelyn Ellison and Aubreah Lynn finished in 4:28.37, with Cazenovia (4:22.17) out in front, and the same was true in a tight 4x200 where Ellison, Gage, Taylor Woodruff and Amanda Wetmore got a time of 1:52.79, but Cazenovia (1:52.57) won by a scant 0.27 seconds.

Navaroli did win, though, in the shot put, as her throw of 31 feet 9 ½ inches beat out Marcellus’ Suzanna Sylcox (31’6”) and the field. Wetmore, in 7.68 seconds, finished second to CBA’s Anna Schug (7.54 seconds) in the 55-meter dash, while Woodruff (7.73 seconds) took fourth place.

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