Solvay first, J-E second at indoor track sectionals

Marotti, Cometti, Gugel, Garn each win two events

— A near-sweep of the field events, combined with plenty of success on the 200-meter oval, allowed the Solvay boys indoor track and field team to pull away from Jordan-Elbridge and earn the Section III Class B championship Thursday night at SRC Arena.

All told, the Bearcats picked up 118 points, while the Eagles, with 74 points, managed to edge Clinton (73 points) for the runner-up spot. Marcellus, with 22 points, settled for eighth place.

Josh Marotti launched Solvay toward victory, as in the 55-meter hurdles he went 8.68 seconds, with no one else breaking nine seconds. Marcellus’ Noah Townsend was third, in 9.16 seconds, with J-E’s Zach Rink fourth (9.17 seconds) and Bearcats teammate Josh Chrysler fifth in 9.37 seconds.

In the pole vault, Marotti and Phoenix’s Andy Padula both cleared 12 feet, Marotti did so with fewer misses and earned first-place points as teammate Dan Hatch was fifth and J-E’s Jacob Patterson was sixth.

Moving to the long jump, Nick Cometti won with a top leap of 19’1”, while Garrett Lee was third (18’8 ¾”) and Isaiah Lee (18’3 ¼”) was fifth. Moving to the triple jump, Solvay got 18 more points as Isaiah Lee was second with a top effort of 40’2 ¼” to Padula (41’2 ½”), with Owen Ryan getting third place in 39’11 ¾” and Marotti (38’8 ¼”) fourth.

Frank Pucello added a second-place shot put toss of 44’ ½” to finish exactly one foot behind CBA’s Connor Agnew (45’ ½”) as Jacob Hook (41’3 ½” was fourth. Pucello cleared 5’2” in the high jump and finished fourth, while Townsend, clearing 5’6”, was second to Phoenix’s Eric Hillpot (5’8”), as J-E’s Nate Hollis also topped 5’6” but settled for third place.

Moving to the track, Cometti earned a victory in the 55-meter dash, his time of 6.73 seconds well clear of J-E’s Dylan Whittico (6.96 seconds), who got second place, as Ryan was fourth in 7.09 seconds. Ryan, joining Garrett Lee, Isaiah Lee and Eric Goodrich, was second (1:39.39) to Skaneateles (1:37.47) in the 4x200 relay.

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