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Girls indoor track Lakers win OHSL honors

Caz routs Skaneateles, eight others with 153.5 points

With one chance to earn a championship together, the Cazenovia girls indoor track and field team was in no mood to stop its winning ways.

So the Lakers went back to Onondaga Community College's SRC Arena Thursday night and, with 153.5 points, roared to the Division 2 championship of the Onondaga High School League, nearly double what runner-up Skaneateles (83.5 points) could manage. Hannibal, with 44 points, was far back in third place.

Already with the Section III Class B title in hand, Cazenovia won in every possible discipline, but especially dominated in field events, taking three of five titles.

Liz Pittman cleared 8 feet to win the pole vault over Skaneateles' Keely Gregg (7'6"), and then turned her attention to the triple jump, where her top attempt of 32'5 3/4" was second to Ashley Kent, who gave the Lakers another title by going 33'6" in her final attempt.

Then Jessica Macheda joined in by winning the long jump, going 15'1 1/4" to beat out Hannibal's Kristen D'Angelo (14'6") as Pittman (14'2 1/2") got fourth place. Sarah Haley (26'2 1/2") and Hannah Dain (25'10") were third and fourth, respectively, in the shot put, while Tori Fischer cleared 4'6" in the high jump to take third place, with Macheda sixth.

On the track, Cazenovia pulled away in the 4x800 relay, seeing Jeanette Cudney, Megan Henderson, Colleen Stalder and Grace Milmoe finish in 10 minutes, 26.55 seconds, with Hannibal (11:31.85) more than a minute behind them.

Individually, Samantha Gates broke through with her victory in the 600-meter run. Going 1:47.35, Gates pulled away from Skaneateles' Julia Willcox (1:49.51) and prevailed.

In the other two relays, the Lakers had runner-up finishes. Henderson joined Gates, Sarah Willard and Olivia McEntee in a thrilling 4x400 where, in 4:20.92, Cazenovia was just behind Skaneateles (4:20.79) at the wire. Willard, Julia Raleigh, Clare Costello and Jessie Matt were second (1:54.27), again to Skaneateles (1:52.20), in a 4x200 relay that didn't have a photo finish.

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