J-E boys top Solvay, win OHSL Liberty track title

Whittico, Gugel each claim pair of races for victorious Eagles

— Dylan Whittico, Jack Gugel and Tyler Jackson led the way, and the rest of the Jordan-Elbridge boys track and field team followed, all the way to the Onondaga High School League Liberty division title.

In Monday’s OHSL Liberty meet at Marcellus, the Eagles overcame a strong challenge from Solvay and won with 106 points to the Bearcats’ 89. Westhill/Bishop Ludden, with 42 points, finished ninth, with the host Mustangs (36 points) settling for ninth place in the 10-team field.]

Whittico conquered the 400-meter hurdles, his time of 58.86 seconds the only one under the one-minute mark. J-E teammate Jacob Patterson (1:02.31) held off Solvay’s Josh Marotti (1:02.70) for fourth place.

Then, in the 200-meter final, Whittico, in 22.82 seconds, pulled away from Skaneateles’ Patrick Biver (22.32 seconds) and prevailed.

Also, Whittico was second in the 400-meter dash in 52.23 seconds to Biver (51.12 seconds), with Solvay’s Nate Carr third in 53.11 seconds. He also teamed with Austin Milton, Jacob Patterson and Nick Parkolap to get third place in the 4x400 relay in 3:40.18.

Gugel would beat the field in the mile, going 4:36.80 to prevail as Westhill/Ludden teammates Kyle Fitch (4;43.20) and Liam Rodgers (4:45.22) were third and fourth, respectively.

Then, in the 3,200-meter run, Gugel went 10:17.98 to beat out Hannibal’s Jason McFarland (10:21.74), while eighth-grader Hunter Brunelle gave the Eagles a fifth-place finish in 10:48.51. Gugel, Patterson, Parkolap and Russell Hines got to second in the 4x800 relay in 8:39.50, with Solvay fourth (9:04.39) and Westhill/Ludden fifth.

J-E’s Nate Hollis finished seventh in the mile, but did take fourth in the 800-meter run in 2:04.88, just behind Solvay’s Eric Goodrich (2:03.25) in third place. Goodrich, Nate Carr, Colton Francemone and Tony Matsyuk got to second place in the 4x400 in 3:39.42, ahead of J-E, but trailing Skaneateles, who won in 3:35.34.

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