J-E, Solvay earn OHSL indoor track titles

Whittico, Gugel, Cometti among top individual performers

When 22 Onondaga High School League indoor track and field teams were split in two for Wednesday night’s league championship meet at SRC Arena, Jordan-Elbridge went to Division 2 and Solvay to Division 1 – and both went to the top of the standings by the time the meet was done.

In Division 2, the Eagles picked up 104 points, with Tully (69 points) edging out Skaneateles (66 points) for second place. Meanwhile, in Division 1, the Bearcats, with 82 points, held off Jamesville-DeWitt (78 points) to win, with Westhill/Bishop Ludden (43 points) settling for sixth place.

Dylan Whittico would win twice for J-E, taking the 55-meter dash in 6.97 seconds, the only sub-seven second standard in the race, and then going 1:26.01 in the 600-meter run to pull away from CBA’s Jack Brower (1:29.91) and the field.

Jack Gugel ran to a top time of 9:54.81 in the 3,200-meter run and then paired with Austin Milton, Jacob Patterson and Nate Hollis to win the 4x800 relay in 8:54.45, more than 19 seconds ahead of runner-up Hannibal (9:13.72).

Hollis, on his own, cleared the only height in his league in the high jump, winning with 5 feet 6 inches, while Patterson topped 9 feet and won the pole vault to go with his third-place finish in the 300-meter dash (39.64 seconds). Zach Rink was second (9.10 seconds) to CBA’s Tommy O’Connor (9.00 seconds) in the 55-meter hurdles as Milton finished third in the 1,000-meter run in 2:53.25.

Tyler Jackson got second place in the long jump with a leap of 17’6 ¾”. J-E also managed finishes of fourth in the 4x200 relay (1:46.16) and fifth in the 4x400 relay (4:05.84) as Whittico, Rink, Gunner Ferris, Ethan Kinney and Pat Fordyce took part.

Solvay, for its part, knew every point was important in the OHSL Division 1 meet and relied on its stars, especially Nick Cometti, to pull out the team title.

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