Hamilton When the Cazenovia girls indoor track and field team missed the Jan. 3 Mohawk Valley ITA Partner Relays at Colgate University's Sanford Field House due to a weather cancellation of school activities, Clinton edged Rome Free Academy in the Lakers' absence.
But things had cleared out by the time Cazenovia returned to Colgate for the fifth MVITA Partner Relays of the winter on Wednesday night - and though it proved close again, the Lakers went back to the top again.
Picking up 114 points, Cazenovia needed all of them, since Clinton earned 110 points to finish a close second. Each of them was far ahead of RFA (62 points) in third place.
A sweep of the distance running events keyed the Lakers' victorious effort. Jeanette Cudney, in 5:19.46, and Colleen Stalder (5:26.51) went 1-2 in the 1,500-meter run, their combined 10:45.97 well clear of second-place RFA (11:20.60).
Then Cudney won the 3,000-meter run in 11:34.27, with Mya Walters second in 12:27.98 as the Lakers topped runner-up Clinton by more than two minutes. In the 800-meter run, Megan Henderson prevailed in 2:36.41, with Grace Milmoe third to help Cazenovia (5:18.12) win and leave Clinton (5:33.08) far behind.
Clare Costello won the individual 200-meter dash in 27.95 seconds, with Jessie Matt third (29.33 seconds) as, in 57.28 seconds, the Lakers prevailed over Clinton (59.09 seconds) and the field. Costello, second in the 55-meter dash in 7.80 seconds, teamed with Jessica Macheda for second overall in 15.93 seconds behind RFA (15.54 seconds).
In the 400-meter dash, Samantha Gates (1:05.84) and Olivia McEntee (1:07.08) were second and third, respectively, and won the team event in 2:12.92, with Clinton (2:16.91) in second place.
Gates paired with Milmoe in the 500-meter run, with a combined 2:56.28, runner-up to Clinton (2:54.78) in the standings. Delaney Yates and Molly Carges were third in the 55-meter hurdles in 21.24 seconds.