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Caz indoor girls face new foes, grabs high finish

Lakers take fourth at Kirschenheiter meet; are second in two relays

— Now it was time for Cazenovia’s indoor track and field teams to branch out, especially after the girls Lakers had locked up a fifth consecutive Mohawk Valley Indoor Track Association title on Jan. 17 at Colgate University.

Moving to Onondaga Community College’s SRC Arena, the girls Lakers met the elite teams in the CNY Counties League and Onondaga High School League in last Thursday’s Fred Kirschenheiter Memorial Invitational.

And it turned out quite well, the Lakers picking up 29 points, better than the likes of Baldwinsville and Jamesville-DeWitt, and fourth overall, with Skaneateles (17 points) the closest small-school entry. Fayetteville-Manlius took the top spot with 89.5 points, with the Lakers just missing out on points with a series of seventh-place finishes.

Contending in the 4x200 relay, Cazenovia’s quartet of Sarah Willard, Jessie Matt, Olivia McEntee and Clare Costello finished in a time of 1:52.05, putting them second to Baldwinsville, who won in 1:50.08, nearly two seconds ahead of the Lakers.

Cazenovia had another runner-up finish in the 4x400 relay, where Matt, Mcentee, Willard and Megan Henderson finished in 4:25.94, though it was far from Homer’s winning time of 4:17.91.

Individually, Jeanette Cudney rose to third place in the 3,000-meter run in 11:12.74, not far from the winning 11:10.46 posted by F-M’s Reilly Madsen.

Liz Pittman rose to third place in the pole vault, clearing 8 feet, and had her own seventh-place effort, in the triple jump with 31’11 ¼”, an inch from sixth place, while Hannah Light-Olson (30’8 ¼”) finished eighth.

Molly Carges took sixth in the 55-meter hurdles in 9.87 seconds as Delaney Yates was 15th, while Costello was seventh in both the 55-meter dash (7.84 seconds) and 300-meter dash (44.65 seconds), missing points in the 55 sprint by one-hundredth of a second. Carges and Tori Fischer, each clearing 4’6”, tied for 10th in the high jump.

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