Track and Field
BINGHAMTON – One can only wonder what Oxford senior Haley Witchella might have achieved had she switched to track and field sooner. Witchella, who already has set five school records in her first season under head coach Irene DeJager, won the Section IV pentathlon title Monday evening.
Witchella was nearly 200 points better than her Midstate Athletic Conference victory a week ago. She scored 2,649 points – a school record – to finish 36 points ahead of Windsor’s Leigh Martino (2,613), and 42 ahead of Ithaca’s Emma Denman (2,607) in the 17-girl field.
“This performance is astonishing considering Haley is a first-year track athlete,” DeJager said. The past three years, Witchella was a member of Oxford’s golf team. “A pentathlete has to be an outstanding athlete who can perform in five events – and excel in all of them.”
Witchella won two of the five events and placed among the top five in every one. She won the high jump clearing 4-10 1/4, and took the shot put (33-11 1/4). Witchella’s biggest improvement was the 800 meters as she finished in 2:40.04 – 14 seconds better than her time last week. Her other results were a 17.88 in the 100-meter hurdles and a 14-10 in the long jump.
Greene 8, Unadilla Valley 4
GREENE – The wait was worth it for Greene, who shaded Unadilla Valley Monday afternoon in the Midstate Athletic Conference mini tournament.
The contest was originally scheduled for last Monday, but several rainouts pushed the contest to yesterday. Greene showed little rust at the plate scoring all of its runs in the first four innings.