Track and Field
MARATHON – Oxford won eight events, and added a pair of runner-up finishes to capture the Class D girls track and field championship, Wednesday at Marathon.
The Blackhawks, sporting a roster of just 10, scored 96 points to outdistance Odessa-Montour, winner of eight of the last 10 Class D girls titles.
“Our team strategy was the spread out the girls in as many events as possible to score as many points as possible,” said Oxford coach Irene DeJager. “The entire team contributed this season, and what they did tonight was just exceptional.”
Emily Woodford, Katie Woodford, and Haley Witchella combined for seven individual victories. Emily Woodford won the 200 meters (25.69), the long jump (15-11), and triple jump (34-2 3/4); Witchella was first in the shot put (35-9 3/4) and discus (108-2); while Katie Woodford captured the 100 (12.5) and 400 meters (57.38). That trio combined with Jessica Russo for a victory in the 400-meter relay (49.90).
Of note Witchella set her fourth individual school record this season taking the discus by over 10 feet. It was just the second meet in which Witchella has thrown the discus, DeJager said. Witchella also holds school records in the pentathlon, shot put, and high jump.
Adding runner-up finishes were Witchella (high jump, 4-10 1/2_) and Katie Woodford (200 meters (25.71).
Oxford 7, Union Springs 2
UNION SPRINGS – Oxford stunned the number two seed in the Class C tournament, and earned its first sectional playoff win since the 2007 season on Wednesday.