The Chittenango girls track and field team rode strong efforts in distance races, plus scattered success elsewhere, to a second-place finish in last Wednesday’s Onondaga High School League Liberty National division championships at Marcellus.
With 126 points, the girls Bears only trailed Westhill, who won with 197 points and also claimed the boys OHSL Liberty National title as Chittenango earned 66 points in that event, finishing sixth.
In the 800-meter run, McKenzie Dombroski won in two minutes, 27.98 seconds, with Kiara Waite fourth in 2:38.14. Chelsea Lamphere beat the field in the 3,000-meter run in 11:10.70 and, in the 2,000-meter steeplechase, Piper Beckwith prevailed in 8:07.09 ahead of Jada Sowich (9:03.96) in third place.
Mia Morgillo gave the Bears a victory in the pentathlon, her total of 1,935 points in five events 120 points ahead of Phoenix’s Mairin Sgroi in second place. Emily Moon prevailed in the triple jump, going 31 feet 3 inches as Marilla Bongivoanni was fourth with 29’4”.
Dombroski, Lamphere, McKenzie Dahlin and Emily Moon paired up in the 4×800 relay to help the Bears prevail in 10:19.61, more than 18 seconds ahead of runner-up Westhill.
McKayla Capeling, who was fourth in the 3,000 in 11:37.82, went 5:08.32 in the 1,500-meter run, just behind Westhill’s Liz Kessler (5:06.68) for the top spot.
Kendria Moore was second in the 100-meter hurdles in 17.80 seconds behind Westhill’s Alyssa Holstein (17.46) and helped the Bears finish third in the 4×100 relay in 55.67 seconds, with Chittenango fourth (4:32.73) in the 4×400 relay.
Tamia Williams had a second-place long jump of 14’11 ½” and finished third in the 100-meter dash in 14.04 seconds, with Delany Dawkins (14.48) sixth.
Dawkins cleared 4’6” in the high jump to take fourth place also got sixth place in the 200-meter dash in 29.89 seconds. Brooke Price got sixth place in the 400-meter dash in 1:07.29. Allyson Woodruff was sixth in the discus with 68’10”.
In the boys OHSL Liberty National meet, Chittenango’s Dylan Price made it to second place in the 800 in 2:05.86 behind Homer’s Grant Stokoe (2:01.51), with Caleb Prenoveau in seventh place. Callum Reed threw the discus 106’10” to finish third as Griffin Darrow (87’4”) took sixth place.
Price, Prenoveau Nate Lampman and Caleb Seale got to second place in the 4×800 in 8:40.74 behind Homer’s 8:35.01. In the 4×400, Price, Prenoveau, Jake Boyer and Tristan LaFountaine were third in 3:46.91.
Jeremy Warters, with 2,339 points, was second to Solvay’s Dylon Ewers (2,454) in the pentathlon. Dave Gratien was fifth in the 3,000 steeplechase in 10:52.96 as Karl Farber (11:06.71) was sixth.
Devin Myers needed 17.03 seconds to finish third in the 110 high hurdles, was fourth in the 400 hurdles in 1:02.80 and fifth in the long jump (17’7 ¼”), adding a sixth-place triple jump of 36’7 ¾” as Boyer finished seventh.
Lampman (57.44 seconds) edged LaFountaine (57.68) for fifth place in the 400 sprint. Ersilio Cerminaro was fourth in the 3,200-meter run in 10:45.36.
Matt Morak, who was fifth in the 3,200 (10:45.36) just behind Cerminaro, took fifth place in the mile in 4:47.94, with Cerminaro seventh. Chittenango finished sixth (51.14 seconds) in the 4×100 as Parker Tedford was sixth in the 200 in 26.01 seconds.
Before this, Chittenango had a three-team meet last Monday where, on the girls side, the Bears swept Homer 93-40 and Mexico 89-41.
Dombroski won the 800 in 2:35.2 and the 3,000 in 12:15 flat, while Lamphere claimed the 1,500 (5:23.4). Moore was first in the 100 hurdles in 17.1 seconds and Williams won the 100 sprint in 13 seconds flat.
The Bears were also victorious in the 4×800 (10:46.5) and 4×100 (55.5 seconds) relays as Moon went 30’1” to win the triple jump and Dawkins cleared 4’8” in the high jump.
The boys meet was split, Chittenango beating Mexico 85-55 but losing to Homer 83-54. Myers went 1:02.3 to prevail in the 400 hurdles, with Parker Morinini taking the 110 hurdles in 15.9 seconds as Reed threw the discus (108’10”).