SYRACUSE Though each of the area’s girls indoor track and field teams welcomed a return to action Wednesday at the George Constantino Memorial Invitational, Marcellus senior Rachel Garn really enjoyed the night.
Garn would take down big-name foes in two different races at SRC Arena while, from a team standpoint, West Genesee proved quite impressive as, with 52 points, it had a season-best second-place finish, trailing only Fayetteville-Manlius, who won with 81.6 points.
This marked a welcome return to action for everyone in indoor track after snow and other weather concerns caused three straight postponements, including boys and girls meets on Jan. 2 and 3 at both SRC Arena and Colgate University.
For Garn, the big night began in the 1,500-meter run. With F-M’s Jenna Farrell in hot pursuit, Garn managed to hold her off and win in four minutes, 53.40 seconds, with Farrell (4:55.79) settling for the second spot, more than two seconds behind.
Much later, in the 1,000-meter run, Garn found herself again pulling away from the field. With a time of 3:10.87, Garn took the title as WG eighth-grader Carly Benson had a breakthrough, rising to second place in 3:13.58.
Of course, Laura Leff is the Wildcats’ most well-known runner, and she earned her own title in the 3,000-meter run, dominating the field and winning in 10:17.01, leaving the second-place finisher, F-M’s Alana Pearl (10:32.72), more than 15 seconds behind.
Abby Uczen earned WG’s other title, in the pole vault. No one else in the field got close to clearing Uczen’s top height of 9 feet 6 inches as Homer’s Jade Auchmoody was second with 8’6”, a foot behind.
In the 4x800 relay, Leff, teaming with Alicia Sakran, Rachel Whiting and Mary McGlynn, finished third in 10:35.34, and WG was also third in the 4x400 relay as Allison Iles, Nicole Paone, Lindsay Weaver and Maria Matkoski posted a time of 4:33.66.