Boys and Girls Track Teams Earn Section III Titles

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Cazenovia Boys Varsity Track Team Sectional Champions, Quadruple Winner Kent Resets 200m School Record
Section III Class B-2 Champions 2022, Boys Varsity Track & Field

Article written by Mr. Mike Millson

The Cazenovia varsity boys outdoor track team dominated the Section 3 Class B2 Championships at Little Falls High School on May 26, 2022, scoring 147 points, well ahead of second place Clinton with 102.

All season the team had been wondering, “Where is Little Falls?”, and complaining, “Why is sectionals so far away (an hour and 15 minutes)?” It all made sense when they saw the great facilities and looked across the track to a stunning view of a valley stretching into the horizon.

For once this season, the weather was nearly perfect. A little breezy, but sunny, and the temperature was nearly perfect in the mid 70s.

Andrew Kent took full advantage and had a day for the ages, winning two individual events and propelling the 4×100 and 4×400 meter relays to victory. Kent broke his own school record in the 200 meters, with a time of 22.40 seconds, ahead of Canastota great Devon Youker, and was not challenged in the 400 meters, winning with a time of 51.64 seconds. 

The Lakers have now won sectionals every year since 2018, the year Kent joined the team as an 8th grader.

Other individual event winners were Brandon McColm in the 1600 meters with a personal record time of 4 minutes 50.29 seconds and Cassidy Gilmore in the 800 meters with a time of 2 minutes 7.03 seconds, just ahead of teammate Cooper Hughes at 2 minutes 7.19 seconds.

The Lakers won all three relays with season best times. The 4×100 meter relay team of JP Hoak, Elijah Clement, Kent, and Andrew Lee avenged their loss to Clinton at the Junkyard Relays with a time of 45.24 seconds. The 4×400 meter relay team of Hughes, Dan Millson, Jaden Kaplan, and Kent posted a time of 3 minutes 36.63 seconds to win a close battle with Skaneateles. The 4×800 meter relay team of McColm, Hughes, Michael Senehi, and Gilmore was well ahead of the field with a time of 8 minutes 32.87 seconds.

The Lakers dominated the 1600 meters. In addition to McColm’s win, Gilmore finished in third place with a time of 5 minutes 0.55 seconds and Will Austin fifth with a time of 5 minutes 9.22 seconds.

Caz track girls win sectionals, Pittman ties school record in PV

Article written by Coach Kurt Wheeler

Section III Class B-2 Champions 2022, Girls Varsity Track & Field

The Cazenovia girls track and field squad capped an exceptional season of team competition with a decisive victory in the Section 3, Class B2 Championship Meet on May 26.  The Lady Lakers leveraged their unequaled depth to place in 17 of 19 events as they scored 142.5 points to outpace Skaneateles (92) and ten other teams for their fifth sectional title. Seventeen different girls scored for Cazenovia in the well-balanced win.

The Laker relays led the way, with all three capturing sectional championships in their events in State Qualifier eligible times. The 4×800 team of Claire Braaten, Nadia Segall, Faith Wheeler (personal best 800 meter split of 2:33.9) and Dinah Gifford (personal best of 2:31.9) kicked off the meet with a season best of 10:18.33 to capture first place.

The 4×100 also ran their fastest time of the season with Melanie Michael, Grace Dolan, Corinne Albicker and Katie Whitney sprinting to victory in 52.07 seconds. Dolan returned at the end of the meet to lead off the 4×400 team of Wheeler, Olivia Ruddy and Meghan Mehlbaum. The speedy foursome cruised to first place in 4:19.12, nearly nine seconds ahead of second place Lowville.

Susie Pittman tied the CCS record in Pole Vault with a height of 9′ 6″

Susie Pittman was the other individual champion for Cazenovia, taking first in the triple jump with a 31-11.25 leap. Even more impressive was the multitalented Freshman’s effort in the pole vault. While second overall with one more missed attempt than Clinton’s Claire Barone, Pittman tied the school record of 9 feet, 6 inches with the best vault for the Lakers in a decade. She also added points in the long jump (third at 14-4) and high jump (fourth at 4-8).

Pittman had plenty of help in the jumps as Albicker added points in the triple (third place, 31-2) and long (fourth, 14-3.75), Freshman Sophie Rheaume placed fifth in the long at 14-3 in her first sectional meet ever and veteran high jumper Katie Pavelchak took fifth at 4-6.

Cazenovia’s hurdlers also had a banner day. Senior Captain Melanie Michael captured second in the 100 meter hurdles in a career best, State Qualifier eligible time of 16.93. She returned to earn third in the 400 meter hurdles in a season best of 1:12.07. Bonnie Pittman was close behind to capture fourth in a personal record time of her own at 1:13.06 as the Lakers totaled ten points in the event, eclipsing the pre-meet projection of one point.

Senior Captain Katie Whitney was also in championship form, tying her career best in the 100 meter dash to earn third place and scoring in the 200 meter dash in addition to anchoring the 4×100 to victory. Dolan was also spectacular in the sprints, running a personal record time of 1:01.83 for third in the 400 and adding a third place 27.55 effort in the 200 dash on top of her two relay victories. Mary Williams also ran a personal best time of 28.68 in the 200.

The Lakers’ distance runners contributed heavily to the team victory, led by Gifford who took third in the 2000 meter steeplechase (8:09.6) and fifth in the 3000 meter run. Claire Braaten was third in the 800 and also added points in the 3000 while Olivia Wong also doubled up, scoring in the 1500 and 3000.  Williams contributed a fourth place finish in the 1500 while Segall added fourth place points in the 800 to her championship effort in the 4×800. Williams, Segall and Zoey Gagne all achieved personal best times in the steeplechase for Cazenovia.

Skye Stanford scored 1476 points to place fourth in the demanding five event pentathlon with Angela Moskvich earning 1178 points for seventh in her first attempt. Both Freshmen, each of the girls achieved multiple season best performances during the event. Danielle Smith (75-6) and Olivia Morse (72-4) both threw well for the Lakers in the discus but finished just out of scoring position.

The sectional championship victory was the final team competition for the Lady Lakers, who also earned an undefeated regular season league title and a Liberty League Meet crown during the spring. Sixteen of the girls will advance to the elite State Qualifier Meet at C-NS High School on Thursday, June 2 as they seek to represent Cazenovia and Section 3 at the State Championship Meet.

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