It helped the Baldwinsville girls track and field team to serve as the hosts for last Thursday’s CNY Counties League National division championship meet at Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium – at least a little bit, anyway.
Wins by sprinter Katie Wicks and high-jump specialist Emily Soeder helped the Bees pick up 88 points and finish third, behind Fayetteville-Manlius (157 points) and Cicero-North Syracuse (131 points), in the league meet standings.
Wicks was part of a 1-2 effort in the 400-meter dash, prevailing in 59.44 seconds to hold off Cierra Allen, who was second in 59.93 seconds. Then Allen teamed with Rebecca Lawrence, Brittany LaRock and Randi Bort to win the 4x100 relay in 51.39 seconds, topping F-M (52.24 seconds) and the field.
Soeder, meanwhile, continued to dominate opponents in the high jump, her top attempt of 5 feet 4 inches well clear of everyone except C-NS’s Nicole Herringhsaw, who was second with 5’2”. Soeder’s teammate, Bryn Judkins, was sixth with 4’6”.
Lawrence ran the 200-meter dash in 26.86 seconds, finishing second to Liverpool star Ore Akinpelu, who won in 25.99 seconds, as Bort gained ninth place. LaRock, clearing 8 feet, was fourth in the pole vault, with Maria Diamond (7’6”) in fifth place.
Carlie McNamara unleashed a discus throw of 87’3” that put her in second place behind C-NS’s Shannon Hanmer (91’5”), this following a seventh-place effort in the shot put, where Julia Kamide finished ninth.
In the 4x400 relay, Wicks, paired with Rachael Miller, Elise Seifritz and Marissa Lathrop, took second place in 4:06.94 to F-M’s winning time of 4:01.97.
Miller, Mia Bolton, Kirby Socker and Kelley Hull were fifth in the 4x800 relay in 10:27.03. Hull, on her own, gained sixth place in the 1,500-meter run in 5:21.23 as Socker finished ninth. Bolton was sixth in the 2,000-meter steeplechase in 8:08.2, with Claire McMahon eighth.