Caz XC girls win league title

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The Cazenovia girls cross country team defeated JE 17 to 44 on Oct 17 to finish their regular season undefeated and win the OHSL Liberty-National division title.

Lakers finish regular season undefeated

The Cazenovia girls cross country team wrapped up their regular season with a decisive 17 to 44 victory over Jordan-Elbridge on Oct 17 to finish undefeated at 6-0 and clinch the OHSL Liberty-National league title.

The Lakers dominated the Eagles, placing eight of the first ten runners across the line to post their lowest score of the season against a complete team with just 17 points, only two short of a “perfect” 15. Isla Stover (20:11), Clara Rowles (20:11) and Molly Hart (20:41) easily finished one, two, three to kick off the Cazenovia victory. Finlay Stover ran a gutsy race (20:49) to hold off a challenge from JE’s number one runner (20:50) and clinch fourth place.

One more Eagle slipped across the line (21:08) before the Cazenovia’s pack iced the win by seizing the next four places to lock in the Lakers’ low score and displace JE’s remaining runners, bumping their total to 44 points. Madeline McGreevy had her best race of the season to finish fifth for the Lady Lakers, seventh overall, at 22:05. Kelly Frost (22:19), Mary Williams (22:43) and Jackie Gamlen (22:47) all rounded out the top ten and outran J-E’s third scorer.

The entire team raced well on the Eagles’ fast 2.9 mile course despite the cold, blustery conditions. Eleanor Wester (22:53) and Mia Chesbrough (23:04) both outran J-E’s final scorers. Eva Gagnon (23:51), Jenna Steinberg (24:30), Madison Chamberlain (24:33) and Maggie Rowles (24:44) all turned in their fastest times of the season.

The Lakers will now prepare to take on the entire 13 team OHSL Liberty field at the league championship meet on Oct 24 before vying for their fourth Section III title since 2010 on Nov 3.

Trail Run A Success

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Brooke Rauber of Tully was the overall female winner of Cazenovia’s 7th Annual Cazenovia Country Trail Run on August 30. More than 150 runners took part in the event.

CAZENOVIA, NY – More than 150 runners from across Central New York participated in the seventh annual Cazenovia Country Trail Run held at the Sean M. Googin cross country course on August 30. The runners were greeted by perfect conditions with sunshine, dry air and temperatures in the 70’s. The evening culminated with one of the most beautiful sunsets of the summer in the Fenner countryside.

Nick Mannion of Jamesville-Dewitt High School was the top finisher in the men’s race in 17:05. Brooke Rauber of Tully High School led the women’s finishers for the third year in a row with a time of 18:21, just off her course record time of 18:15 set in 2017.

The cross country program would like to thank its sponsors, including The John Dermody Insurance Group, Chittenango Physical Therapy, Medical Weight Loss of New York, Emerald Equipment Systems Inc, Upstate Emergency Medicine, The Derailleur Tailor and Gilligan’s Ice Cream.  Local parents who volunteered and donated finish line refreshments were also a key to the run’s success.

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Chloe Smith advances to Indoor Track State Championship

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Indoor track Lakers compete at State Qualifier and Smith advances to State Championship

By Coach Wheeler

Five members of the Cazenovia Indoor Track teams competed at the elite State Championship Qualifier Meet at OCC’s SRC Arena on Feb 18 for the right to represent Section 3 at the NYSPHSAA state title meet. The group was led by Chloe Smith who advanced to the State Championship with a career-best effort in the 55 meter dash.

Chloe Smith (left) finished second among all sprinters in Central New York to advance to the New York State Championship Meet. Smith’s time of 7.47 seconds was a career best for her in the 55 meter dash.

Cazenovia sprinter and jumper Chloe Smith picked the perfect day to have the best performance of the season. The speedy Sophomore posted a personal best of 7.55 seconds in the semi-finals of the 55 meter dash to place sixth overall and claim the final spot in the finals.Thirty minutes later she ran the race of her life, achieving her second career best of the day with a time of 7.47 to finish second overall among all runners of all classes in Central New York and earn a bid to the State Championship Meet.  Smith also posted her best long jump of the season during meet with a 15-11.75 effort. She competed in the Spring Track State Championship Meet in that event last June and is the school record-holder in the outdoor (spring) track long jump.

Maddy Gavitt wrapped up a stellar season of competition for the Lakers, earning the right to compete in three different events at the State Qualifier, she opted to focus on her top two, the triple jump and long jump. She finished 11th overall in triple jump at 33-2.25 and 15th in the long jump at 15-8.75. Gavitt is the Lakers’ outdoor record holder in the triple jump, competing in that event at States in 2016. She was joined at the meet by Senior Captain Katie Robbins, who was competing at the Indoor State Qualifier for the fourth time in her career. Robbins finished seventh overall in the pole vault and completed her indoor track career number two on Cazenovia’s all-time list for indoor pole vault.  Justin Gagnon of the boys squad also competed in the prestigious meet, placing 15th in the semis in the 55 meter hurdles with a time of 8.87 seconds.

Two other Lakers had earned a bid to the meet but could not attend when its date was shifted into the school vacation due to weather. Page Hunt qualified in the high jump with her stellar 4-10 effort at sectionals while Meggie Hart had qualified in both the 1500 meter and 3000 meter runs. Hart is the indoor school record holder in the 3000, improving on her own record time at sectionals on Feb 14. She had hoped to break the 1500 meter indoor record at the Qualifier before the date was changed. She ran the fastest leg on the school record 4×1500 meter relay last season and had been just four seconds from the individual mark earlier this season.

Smith will conclude the Lakers’ successful indoor track season at the NYSPHSAA Championship meet which will be held on March 3 at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex in Staten Island New York.

Hart competes at XC states – Earns sportsmanship honors

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Meggie Hart ended her distinguished cross country career as a Cazenovia Laker on Nov 11 at the New York State Championship Meet, earning 35th place and honors as the Sportsmanship Award winner for Section 3.   Meggie Hart capped her long and distinguished career with the Cazenovia cross country team on Nov 11th with a successful competition at the NYSPHSAA championship meet. Fitting with her character throughout her years as a Laker, she was honored as the female Sportsmanship Award winner for Section 3. Hart battled to a 35th place finish among the best Class C runners in New York in a time of 22:07.7. She had to contend not only with the top 131 harriers in her class, but with a combination of frozen and muddy conditions that rendered the 5,000 meter course at Wayne High School challenging at best and treacherous in places. With morning lows in the 20’s, the churned-up mud and standing water on the course were frozen solid. As the temperatures rose to the freezing point with bright sun by the Class C race, it became an unpredictable combination of ankle-turning frozen ridges and slick, soupy patches of mud. Despite the tough terrain, Hart proved herself among the top runners in the state. She also contributed a Section 3 victory among the state’s 11 sections at the NYSPSHAA meet. Central New York had a low score of 216 points for its top ten runners in the intersectional competition to crush runner-up Section 6 (340) and nine other regions for the title. The Syracuse area showed its dominance in girls cross country at the meet as Section 3 won three of four team titles (including league rival CBA’s win in Class C) and three of four intersectional titles. This was Hart’s third appearance at the state championship meet, tying a program record for most appearances. She helped lead her team to a 5th place finish in 2015 and also earned an individual bid in 2016. The state title appearances are among the many honors earned by Hart, who will continue her cross country career in college. She earned first team all-league honors for the fourth time in her career this season, a string that was highlighted by an individual league title in 2016. Hart also holds the fastest time at the Baldwinsville Invitational in Laker program history (18:00.2) and the second fastest “speed rating” (122) ever for a Cazenovia harrier. In addition to her athletic prowess, Hart has been known throughout her cross country career for her character, selflessness, quiet leadership and sportsmanship. Elected as a Captain by her teammates this fall, she was honored with the “Career Contribution Award” by her coach at the program’s fall banquet last week. Capping all these honors was her selection from among all the female cross country runners in Section 3 to receive the Sportsmanship Award at the state meet. The honor was a fitting conclusion to Hart’s distinguished tenure with the Lakers which has always been characterized by hard work, humility and respect for her competitors. Meggie Hart leads a pack of runners through a combination of mud, snow, ice and frozen ground during the NYS Championship Meet on Nov 11.

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