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ESM boys track beat J-D, wins league title

McGrath, Perrone each win twice; girls Red Rams also second

— For the East Syracuse-Minoa boys track and field team, perhaps the only sweeter thing than winning the Onondaga High School League Freedom division championship was who the Spartans beat to get that title.

In last Tuesday’s league meet at Chittenango High School, ESM picked up 141 points, zooming past its neighbor and rival, Jamesville-DeWitt, who settled for second place with 118 points.

What was more, J-D also found itself as the runner-up in the girls OHSL Freedom meet, despite 134 points, because Homer won with the same total of 141 points as the ESM boys. In both meets, Christian Brothers Academy finished sixth.

Jeremy McGrath and Jesse Perrone keyed ESM’s boys win. McGrath swept to first place in the 110 and 400 hurdles, beating J-D’s Joe Murphy, 16.32 seconds to 16.57, in the first of these events, and then going 1:00.83 in the 400 hurdles to edge Fulton’s Connor Aldasch (1:01.39) in the second as Murphy finished fourth.

Perrone, meanwhile, held off J-D’s Patrick Dye in a close 3,200-meter run, 10:11.31 to Dye’s 10:12.88, with Jared Henry fourth and Nick Street fifth. In the mile, Perrone, in 4:33.46, got away from CBA’s Jack Brower (4:35.35) for the victory, with Dye fourth and Isaac Tupper sixth.

To complete a distance sweep for the Spartans, Joe Coogan won the 800-meter run in 2:02.46, with Nick Schug fourth and CBA’s Brendan Keeney and Kyle Barber in the fifth and sixth spots.

Also for ESM, Chris Schiavone claimed a victory in the 200-meter dash in 23.49 seconds, with Jake Barker third in 24.28 seconds and J-D’s Joe Fazio sixth.

Barker was second (53.83 seconds) and Schiavone third (54.40 seconds) in the 400-meter dash, while Matt Young was third (11:22.49) in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. In the 100-meter dash, where CBA’s Tom SanGiacomo won in 11.42 seconds, Schiavone (11.59 seconds) was fourth.

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