Caz track and field enters busy stretch

Week features two meets, good efforts at Chittenango Invitational

It only figured that the month of April would end for the Cazenovia track and field teams with another meet affected by weather.

Scheduled to go to Phoenix last Wednesday afternoon, the Lakers waited out heavy rain, and then held the meet 24 hours later, on the first day of May.

Before that, though, the Lakers did have its three-way meet with Solvay and Norwich last Monday afternoon, and Cazenovia won both sides of the girls meet, routing the Bearcats 103-38 and edging past the Purple Tornado 73-68.

Ashley Kent, Jeanette Cudney, Jess Macheda and Maria Stalder each won two events. Kent ran the 100-meter hurdles in 17.8 seconds and had a first-place triple jump of 35 feet 5 ¼ inches. Macheda went 14’10 ½” to prevail in the long jump after taking first in the 100-meter dash in 13.7 seconds.

Cudney went from a first-place time of 5:26.2 in the 1,500-meter run to also prevailing in the 3,000-meter run in 11:48.9. Stalder held on for victories in the 400-meter dash in 1:06.5 and the 200-meter dash, where she and teammate Julia Raleigh both finished in 29.5 seconds.

Cazenovia also prevailed in two of the three relays. Cudney, Katherine Gabor, Maria Stalder and Colleen Stalder covered the 4x800 in 10:51.2, with the Stalder sisters and Gabor joining Bailey Forrett to help the Lakers take the 4x400 relay in 4:30.1. Colleen Stalder ran 800 meters in 2:40.2, with Glenna Kehelan and Liz Pittman each clearing 7 feet in the pole vault.

With all that done, the rescheduled meet with Phoenix, which also featured Marcellus, saw the Lakers easily prevail 108-33 over the Firebirds.

Pittman improved to 8’6” in the pole vault, with Kent going 30’11” in the triple jump and Cudney, in the 3,000, taking first place in 12:16.90. The Lakers also swept the 4x100 (55.9 seconds), 4x400 (4:32.3) and 4x800 (10:36.4) relays, with Kent, Cudney, Forrett, Macheda, Raleigh Gabor and the Stalder sisters all taking part, along with Delaney Yates.

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