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Caz girls roar to indoor track MVITA title

Lakers pick up 209 points for Division I honors

— A winter full of first-place finishes for the Cazenovia girls indoor track and field team culminated on Friday night when it again went to the top - and claimed the Mohawk Valley Indoor Track Association Division I championship at Colgate University's Sanford Field House.

Pulling away from five Division I opponents, the Lakers finished with 209 points, with Rome Free Academy and New Hartford sharing second place as they each earned 122 points.

Cazenovia went 1-2-3 in the 600-meter run, where Samantha Gates won in 1:52.04, just ahead of Sarah Willard in second place (1:52.15) and Olivia McEntee in third place (1:52.18) as the trio ran together

Not only that, but.Gates, Willard, McEntee, and Shea Murray pulled away in the 4x400 relay to win in 4:31.35 to New Hartford's 4:43.20, with Chittenango in fourth place. Grace Wheeler, Grace Milmoe, Collen Stalder and Elsa Coughlin gave Cazenovia a victory in the 4x800 relay in 11:04.11, with New Hartford (11:17.70) again in the runner-up spot.

Jeanette Cudney was a cornerstone to Cazenovia's efforts. She won the 3,000-meter run in 11:14.81, pulling away from New Hartford's Juliet Hull (11:33.15) and the field, with Mya Walters in sixth place for the Lakers.

And in the 1,500-meter run, Cudney prevailed again, her time of 5:25.58 again beating Hull (5:33.11) as Meredith Shephard was fourth in 5:47.87 and Walters had another sixth-place effort.

Clare Costello had a big night, too, winning the 300-meter dash in 44.14 seconds over New Hartford's Lauren Vedete (45.97 seconds), with Gates taking third place in 47.24 seconds and Julia Raleigh (48.56 seconds) in fifth place. Costello also earned third place in the 55-meter dash in 7.72 seconds, where Jessica Macheda (8.08 seconds) was sixth.

Moving to the 4x200 relay, Costello, along with Willard, McEntee and Jessie Matt, put up a time of 1:53.05 that beat RFA (1:55.82) and completed a Cazenovia relay sweep. Chittenango was fifth in 2:16.62.

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