Emily Soeder’s latest triumph in the high jump was part of the Baldwinsville girls track and field team’s solid fourth-place finish in Tuesday’s Section III Class AA championship meet at Central Square.
All told, the Bees earned 60 points, barely missing third place as West Genesee (61.5 points) took that spot. Everyone ended up chasing Fayetteville-Manlius, who used its dominance in distance running to pile up 145.5 points, with Rome Free Academy (83 points) the runner-up.
The high jump turned into a duel between Soeder and RFA’s Kati Gotch. Though she didn’t get to her career-best effort, Soeder, by clearing 5 feet 3 inches, eased ahead of Gotch, who could do no better than 5’2” on this day.
B’ville did quite well in the relays, and nearly won the 4x400. Katie Wicks, Rachael Miller, Kelley Hull and Marissa Lathrop finished in four minutes, 2.84 seconds, inches behind F-M, who won in 4:02.79 by just 0.05 seconds.
It was just as close in the 4x100, where Cierra Allen, Brittany LaRock, Randi Bort and Rebecca Lawrence pushed Corcoran all the way to the line, with the Cougars, in 50.35 seconds, edged the Bees, who had 50.41 seconds.
Miller challenged the F-M crowd in the 800-meter run and almost conquered them, finishing in 2:17.83 for second place, right behind the Hornets’ Annika Avery, who won in 2:17.63. Lathrop took fifth place in 2:22.33.
Wicks made her individual push in the 400-meter dash, and got to second place in 1:00.05, though she couldn’t catch Corcoran’s Patrice Williams, who won in 57.98 seconds. Lawrence added a fifth-place time of 27.19 seconds in the 200-meter dash.
Mia Bolton took seventh place (8:07.7) in the 2,000-meter steeplechase, but paired with Shylea Dukat, Kirby Socker and Madison Gonzalez to finish fourth in the 4x800 relay in 10:30.92.
Carlie McNamara got third place in the discus, throwing it 92’9”, though it was far back of RFA superstar Mariah Mays, who holds the Section III record in the event and won here with 134’7”.