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Leff wins mile race, qualifies for Millrose Games

Victory in New Balance Games creates Feb. 15 return to NYC

West Genesee senior Laura Leff moves to the front of the field in the mile race at last Saturday's New Balance Games at the Armory in New York City. Leff won the race and, by doing so, qualified for the mile run at the prestigious Millrose Games, to be held Feb. 15, also at the Armory.

West Genesee senior Laura Leff moves to the front of the field in the mile race at last Saturday's New Balance Games at the Armory in New York City. Leff won the race and, by doing so, qualified for the mile run at the prestigious Millrose Games, to be held Feb. 15, also at the Armory.

Marcellus senior Rachel Garn won the girls 1,000-meter run in 3:03.96, holding off Skaneateles’ Kaitlyn Neal (3:05.46) as Jordan-Elbridge’s Abby Gugel was third in 3:07.47 and Westhill/Ludden’s Annnibel Coolican (3:10.13) was fourth. Garn also took fourth (1:42.33) in the 600-meter run.

WG’s Abby Uczen cleared 10 feet to win the pole vault, with Westhill/Ludden’s Katherine Doherty (8 feet) in third place and Coolican fourth (7’6”). The Wildcats’ Brianna Richardson needed 9.09 seconds to finish second behind Pulaski’s Breann Burns (8.62 seconds) in the 55-meter hurdles.

Bella Sterly gave Westhill/Ludden a second-place shot put toss of 32’10 ½”, just behind Cicero-North Syracuse’s Destiny Monica (33’1”), with Marcellus’ Suzanna Sylcox (30’6”) in fifth place. J-E saw Julie Hines go 43.45 seconds in the 300-meter dash to finish third after she took seventh in the 55 sprint.

Tatiana Monds was third in the 55-meter dash in 7.56 seconds, inches behind CBA’s Anna Schug, who won in 7.53 seconds. Genny Corcoran finished sixth (5:06.32) at 1,500 meters. Solvay’s Hannah Haywood had her team’s best finish, a ninth in the long jump.

Over in the boys Last Chance Qualifier, Erhard led West Genesee, finishing second in the mile in 4:37.04, just behind F-M’s Bryce Millar (4:35.32).Solvay’s Nick Cometti went 6.75 seconds in the 55 sprint, just behind Liverpool’s Ryheim Lawes (6.70 seconds) and finishing second

WG’s Sean Beney was third in the 1,000 in 2:41.41, with teammate Kal Strickland fourth in 2:42.15. Conroy ran in the 600 and finished fourth, in 1:26.62, just ahead of J-E’s Dylan Whittico (1:27.11) in fifth as Whittico’s teammate, Jack Gugel, earned third place in the 3,200-meter run in 10:07.76.

Noah Townsend gave Marcellus its best finish, in the high jump, clearing 5’8” to finish third as J-E’s Nate Hollis got fifth place. Solvay’s Josh Marotti was third in the pole vault, clearing 11 feet, as the Mustangs’ Mike Abbott (10 feet) edged Tom Dailey (9’6”) for sixth place.

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