A clear sign of how much the West Genesee boys track and field team has improved was the way it beat most of the 19-team field in last Friday’s New Hartford Invitational.
Picking up 90 points, the Wildcats trailed only Cicero-North Syracuse, who won with 105 points. Solvay finished in a tie for ninth place, earning 20 points, just ahead of Marcellus, who had 18 points.
The Wildcats’ first victory of the day came in the 4×100 relay, where Andrew Berry, Mark Kopp, Peter Bowman and Esisas Brumfield paired up and, in 44.95 seconds, edged C-NS (45.08 seconds) for the top spot. Berry also finished third in the 100-meter dash in 11.81 seconds after going 11.65 seconds in the qualifying heats.
Another relay title came in the 4×400, with Griffin Dombroske, Javier Monserrate, Paul Stannard and Cameron Mitchell pairing up to go 3:41.57 and again beat C-NS (3:43.68), who was more than two seconds behind.
Stannard, Brumfield, Berry and David Leff were second (3:43.71) to Jamesville-DeWitt (3:41.14) in the 1,600 sprint medley relay. Monserrate and Mitchell took part with Kopp and Dan Gill in the 4×200 relay, where WG was second in 1:37.09 to C-NS’s 1:35.57. Leff, Ryan Dunning, Kyle Jenkins and Jack Richards were third (11:17.96) in the distance medley relay.
Also, Evan Tuthill was victorious in the discus, heaving it 153 feet 1 inch to beat Rome Free Academy’s Ryan Swavely (144’5”) by more than eight feet. Tuthill took third place in the shot put (43’1”) as teammate Chris McAfee was fourth, going 42’6”.
Griffin Dombroske made it to third place in the 400-meter dash in 53.57 seconds, with Tim Huppman fifth in the 400-meter hurdles in 1:01.94. WG was also seventh in the 4×800 relay as Sean Byrnes was sixth in the 3,200-meter run (10:06.64). Dunning took seventh place in the mile and Ryan Allen was seventh in the 800-meter run.
Solvay had Dylon Ewers finish second in the high jump, clearing 5’8”, the same height as Marcellus star Sean Raymond, who finished third as WG’s Damien Panek-Irvine tied for fifth. Ewers finished eighth in the long jump as Jordan Devereaux took fifth place in the 400 sprint in 54.07 seconds.
Caleb Wetherell gave Marcellus a third-place finish in the triple jump by going 40’2 ½”, ahead of Solvay’s Tyriq Block, who was fifth by going 37’1”. Wetherell also took sixth place in the long jump, going 19’4” as Sam Stearns was fourth for the Mustangs in the pole vault by clearing 11’6”. Andrew Marsh finished sixth in the 400 hurdles in 1:02.69,
A day later, West Genesee’s girls team finished fourth out of 21 sides in the Cooper City Classic, moved to Camden High School from its traditional site at Rome Free Academy Stadium. The Wildcats had 51 points as host RFA prevailed with 106.33 points.
Carly Benson, Emily Young, Kendall Dombroske and Abby Kuppinger won the 4×400 in 4:11.40, more than 10 seconds ahead of the field. This followed a 1,600 sprint medley where Benson, Young, Dombroske and Kelsey Fox went 4:17 flat to leave runner-up J-D (4:29.47) more than 12 seconds behind.
Aside from those two wins, Benson, by herself, claimed the 800 in 2:20.31 over J-D’s Hannah Butler (2:22.52), while Anna Chwiejczak got third place in the 100-meter hurdles in 17.70 seconds and helped Fox, Megan Delia and Talia Burris finish second (52.03 seconds) to RFA (50.31 seconds) in the 4×100.
Mia Mitchell got third place in the 1,500-meter run in 5:05.63, with Amanda Lowther seventh as Kuppinger was fifth in the 200 in 28.16 seconds as Caitlin Mills finished seventh. Elizabeth Morey was eighth in the 3,000-meter run.
Back on Friday, Jordan-Elbridge took part in Christian Brothers Academy’s Brother Basilian Invitational, where it finished eighth out of 18 teams in the girls event with 32.5 points and ninth out of 21 sides in the boys event with 24 points.
The girls Eagles won the 4×100 relay, having Julie Hines, Abigail Fallon, Madi Hatt and Emily Klock go 51.90 seconds to pull away from runner-up South Lewis (53.30 seconds) and the field. In 4×400, Hines, Klock, Emma Burns and Kyler Langhorn get second place in 4:19.78 behind Skaneateles (4:12.89).
Fallon had a strong individual effort in the 100 hurdles, grabbing third place in 17.33 seconds. Theresa Dristle tied for third in the pole vault, clearing 6’6”, and added a seventh-place finish in the 3,000 as Madison Daly got 10th place. Burns was fourth in the 1,500 in 5:09.31.
For the J-E boys, Ryan Chiaramonte, Logan Kinney, Ethan Kinney and Marion Quigley finished second in the 4×400 in 3:41.81, just behind Vernon-Verona-Sherrill, who won in 3:40.11. Quigley, Ethan Kinney, Nate Jennings and Nate Williams were fifth (47.29 seconds) in the 4×100.
Ethan Kinney went 51.99 seconds in the 400 sprint to finish second behind Carthage’s Justin Runge (51.62). Austin Cassick was fourth in the discus, throwing it 104’6”, while Quigley was fifth in the 110 hurdles in 17.29 seconds. Williams took ninth place in the pole vault.