Both of the Skaneateles indoor track and field teams are underway for the 2018-19 season, and will take part in a series of meets on consecutive Saturdays in December and January at SRC Arena.
And it all started on Dec. 8 with the Jack Morse Kickoff meet, where the Lakers were part of the morning session and got a victory in the girls meet from Emme Conan, who edged out PSLA-Fowler’s Kadija-Hill Custis, though both finished in 7.67 seconds.
Not only that, but Conan helped Skaneateles finish second in the 4×200 relay in 1:53.74, just three-hundredths of a second behind the winning 1:53.71 from Liverpool.
In the weight throw, Edan Howard was second, her heave of 33 feet trailing only Liverpool’s Imahni Sinclair (36’11 ½”) as Reagan Evans was third with a toss of 32’7 ½”.
Tess Peterson cleared 4’10” for third place in the high jump and was fourth in the long jump, going 14’9”. Howard threw the shot put 23’11” to finish ninth as the Lakers were fifth in the sprint medley relay in 5:06.83 and seventh in the 4×400 relay in 4:56.39
On the boys side at the Morse Kickoff Meet, Skaneateles had Caleb Bender get third place in the mile in 4:46.98, not far from the winning 4:41.80 from Jamesville-DeWitt’s Nick Mannion.
Nicola Kunz got third place in the 55-meter hurdles in 8.89 seconds as Corcoran’s Malique Wilson won in 8.34 seconds. Thomas Smith was 11th in the 55 sprint in 7.29 seconds and 19th in the long jump.
Seven days later, Skaneateles was back at SRC Arena, this time for the Oscar B. Jensen Holiday Relays, where it would finish sixth in both the boys and girls divisions of the morning session.
Though Conan didn’t win the girls 55 sprint this time, her 7.71 seconds was fourth and Evangelia Vitsaxaki (7.97 seconds) was eighth, and their total of 15.68 seconds a runner-up to Liverpool’s 15.39.
Moving to the weight throw, Howard was fourth, going 32’6”, and Evans was fifth (30’10 ¼”), their throws of 63’4 ¼” a close second to Westhill’s 63’6 ¾”. Howard and Cheyenne Cervantes were ninth in the weight throw.
In the 300-meter dash, Conan got third place in 44.05 seconds, and again ended up in second place on the team side when she and Peterson (who was seventh in 45.04) had a combined 1:29.09 behind Fayetteville-Manlius (1:27.89) in the top spot.
Peterson, by clearing 4’10” in the high jump, tied for second place and was third on the team side with Sophia Casler as they combined for clearances of 9’1”.
On the boys side, Kunz and Tahjin Blackiston would get second place in the 55 hurdles, their times of 18.78 seconds trailing only that of East Syracuse Minoa (17.79) as Kunz was fourth among individuals in 8.80 seconds, also clearing 5’6” in the high jump to tie for fourth-place points.
Nick Wamp ran 7.09 seconds in the 55 sprint to finish fourth and joined Blackiston for a third-place team finish in 14.56 seconds. Wamp was fourth in the 300 in 39.11 seconds as he and Smith went 1:21.06 total for sixth place.
Bender and Matt Persampieri were sixth in the 1,000-meter run in 5:49.67, with Blackiston and Smith pairing up to get sixth place in the long jump by going 30’2” between them.