Submitted by Kurt Wheeler Three teams, including the Lakers, have managed a pair of victories since online records were begun in 2001, but none had managed a “three-peat” until this year.The Cazenovia girls indoor track team made the record books Feb. 7 when it became the first Class B team in modern history to win three consecutive Section III titles. The Lady Lakers achieved the feat with a balanced, total team effort that featured scoring in every event and multiple scorers in seven, as they achieved 18 season-best performances and piled up 132 points to outpace second-place Skaneateles (92).
Ashley Winn earned a pair of individual victories to lead the team, winning the 55-meter dash in 7.41 seconds and the 300-meter in 42.30 seconds. Speedy teammate Clare Costello was right on her heels with a second-place 7.67-second effort in the 55-meter and a 43.08 performance for third place in the 300-meter. Winn (26.1 seconds) and Costello (26.9) also teamed up with Emily Willard (28.9) and Jessie Matt (28.1) as the Lakers dominated the 4×200 relay with a 7-second margin of victory to run a season best of 1:50.48. Cazenovia’s relay performances were symbolic of the team’s depth-based victory as they won the 4×200 and placed second in both the 4×400 and 4×800 events in the 11-team field, all in season-best times. Samantha Gates led off the 1,600-meter relay with 1:05.2, followed by Evelyn Wells (1:09.0), Hannah Rousell (1:10.7) and Sarah Willard (1:05.7), for a team total of 4:30.54. Grace Milmoe, Maureen Milmoe and Colleen Stalder all ran 2:40 splits to set up the 4×800 for success, with Jeanette Cudney running a strong 2:31.5 to close out their 10:32.71 effort. The relay was Cudney’s third race of the night, following a pair of valuable second-place finishes in both the 3,000-meter (11:28.85) and 1,500-meter (5:06.91) earlier in the evening. Meredith Shepard added a point in the 1,500 with her 5:31.38 effort for sixth. Samantha Gates led a trio of scorers for Cazenovia in the 600 as she took fourth in a personal best 1:45.75, followed by Maureen Milmoe (personal best of 1:50.76) and Margaret Wolsey (1:50.77). Grace Milmoe also ran her best 1,000 meter race of the season as she took fifth in 3:20.18. The 55-meter hurdles turned out to be among the most dramatic events of the night as Ashley Kent (second, 9.31) and Kelsey Henderson (fifth, 10.12) both had huge, personal-best performances to add 10 points to the team’s total and push them into first place for the remainder of the meet. Kent returned to add a fifth in the long jump (15-5.75) and a fourth in the triple jump (32-4.5) for a stellar total performance. Liz Pittman led Cazenovia overall in the field as she took second in both the pole vault (tying her best of 8-6) and triple jump (33-1.75) and leaped a personal best 15-6 to take fourth in the long jump. Hannah Dain concluded her exceptional season with her third straight meet over 27 feet, earning third in the shot at 27’4” while freshman Tori Fischer captured fourth in the high jump at 4’9” and also cleared a personal best of 6’6” in the pole vault. Sectionals marked the final team event of the season for the Lady Lakers as they celebrated their fourth straight Mohawk Valley title and their third OHSL and Section III championships. Eleven individuals will continue on to represent Cazenovia at the Feb. 13 State Championship Qualifier, where they will vie for a trip to the New York State Championship on March 2 at Cornell University. Photos: Top: Liz Pittman equaled her personal best in the pole vault with an effort of 8 feet, 6 inches for second place. Pittman also leaped to a personal best of 15-6 in the long jump and earned second place in the triple jump as she scored in three events to help the Lakers to their third consecutive Section III title. Bottom: Kelsey Henderson’s fifth place, 10.12 second effort in the 55 meter hurdles was one of 18 season-best performances achieved by Cazenovia en route to a 40 point victory over runner-up Skaneateles as they won the Section III, Class B championship.
- The Cazenovia girls indoor track team wins third consecutive Section III title.