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Garn sweeps distance races at OHSL Liberty meet

Marcellus senior beats field in 800, 1,500, 3,000-meter events

— For all the other things that took place during Monday’s Onondaga High School League Liberty division championship meet, none was as impressive as what Marcellus senior Rachel Garn did in three of the longer individual races.

Garn, a senior, swept them, starting in the 1,500-meter run, where in four minutes, 51.31 seconds she held off Skaneateles star Kaitlyn Neal (4:53.38) in another one of their duels.

Moving to the 800-meter run, Garn had to worry about Skaneateles challenger, Madeline Adams, but won that race, too, in 2:22.52 to Adams’ 2:24.19. Two Westhill/Ludden runners, Annibel Coolican and Emily Washburn, were fifth and sixth, respectively.

Finally, in the 3,000-meter run, Garn would hold off Westhill/Bishop Ludden’s Genny Corcoran, 10:45.74 to 10:47.74, as Corcoran’s teammate, Alaina Kenny, finished third in 10:49.59. Corcoran had taken third (4:56.20) and Coolican fourth (5:09.37) in the 1,500.

Those three wins helped push Marcellus to third place, with 99 points, in the 10-team OHSL Liberty field, behind Westhill/Ludden’s runner-up total of 114 points as Skaneateles, with 133 points, prevailed. Solvay (30 points) and Jordan-Elbridge (26 points) lagged further back.

Emily Washburn, Caroline Coates, Olivia Dagineau and Molly Clark were second in the 4x800 relay in 10:28.36 to Skaneateles (10:13.92), with Marcellus fourth in 10:54.75 as Tori Stopen, Emily Townsend, Eliza Bell (who was fifth in the 1,500) and Brianna Szczech taking part.

Another Marcellus win was earned by Zoe Higgins in the 400-meter hurdles, as she needed 1:11.63 to hold off Hannibal’s Tayler Dence (1:13.29) and the field, including Higgins’ teammate, Haley Randall, who was fourth in 1:15.68.

Westhill/Ludden won three field events. In the shot put, Bella Sterly prevailed with a top throw of 36 feet 3 inches, well clear of Marcellus’ Johanna Sylcox (30’4 ¾”) in second place. Solvay’s Samantha Waters (30’ ½”) was fourth, ahead of Sterly’s teammate, Kayla Wild, in fifth.

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