SYRACUSE Bolstered by Isaiah Lee’s victory in the triple jump, plus other fine efforts in field events, the Solvay boys indoor track and field team soared up to a season-best third-place showing in Tuesday night’s Fred Kirschenheiter Memorial Invitational at SRC Arena.
The Bearcats picked up 51 points, a number only topped by Fayetteville-Manlius (87 points) and Liverpool (74 points), who have stood at or near the top of the standings in meets all winter long. West Genesee, with 38 points, tied Cicero-North Syracuse for fourth, with Marcellus getting 11th place as it gained 11 points.
Isaiah Lee’s title in the triple jump involved a leap of 40 feet 11 ¾ inches, which was just enough to fend off Liverpool’s Mark Vanmarter (40’11”) by three-quarters of an inch.
That followed a long jump where Garrett Lee gave Solvay a second-place finish, his top leap of 19’3 ¼” topping everyone in the field except Vanmarter, who won with 20’8”.
Also, Josh Marotti cleared 12 feet in the shot put, only finishing second because Phoenix’s Andy Padula had fewer misses as Mike Abbott gave Marcellus a third-place finish, clearing 10’6”. Abbott’s teammate, Tom Dailey, finished eighth.
Nick Cometti nearly won the 55-meter dash, a close race where, in 6.83 seconds, Cometti fit in right behind Fowler’s Delee Williams, who gained first place in 6.79 seconds. It was different in the 300-meter dash, where Cometti finished 11th. Adding to the total, Solvay’s Frank Pucello finished third in the shot put, heaving it 42’7 ½”.
Marotti added a sixth (8.87 seconds) in the 55-meter hurdles, while Isaiah Lee, joining Cometti, Eric Goodrich and Owen Ryan, earned fourth place in the 4x200 relay in 1:38.73, less than a second behind F-M’s winning time of 1:38.08. Goodrich, on his own, was third in the 600-meter run in 1:27.96, where Jordan-Elbridge’s Dylan Whittico (1:28.74) earned fifth place.