SIDNEY – This past Saturday, April 23, six Chenango County varsity track and field teams traveled to Sidney to compete in the annual Doug Quinney invitational.
This year on the boys side it was Dryden who claimed the top spot as the team winners with 99-points. Norwich ended in fourth place with 48-points, followed by Bainbridge-Guilford in eleventh place with 17-points, Greene in fourteenth place with 12-points. Unadilla Valley, Oxford and Harpursville-Afton all finished the meet with 0-points.
The girls saw the team win go to Newark Valley with 88-points. Norwich claimed the seventh place finish with 28-points, followed Unadilla Valley in tenth with 22.33-points, Harpursville-Afton in sixteenth place with 12-points, Bainbridge-Guilford in seventeenth place with 9-points, and Greene in nineteenth place with 4-points. Oxford finished with 0-points on the day.
The Norwich boys track and field team walked away with many personal bests as well as the accomplishment of setting two meet records.
It was Ben Ericksen who won the Steeplechase and set the new meet record in the event to start the Tornado off strong when he ran a 10:14.42.
In the 800 meter run, Norwich's Gabe Gawronski ran a 2:04.96 and took home a second place finish to Patrick Hazlitt of Watkins Glen who ran a 2:01.48. Gawronski's teammate Noah Bufalini ranked in the top six as well when he ran a 2:09.13, to place him fourth overall in the event.
Norwich's Eric Conant managed a jump of 18'09" in the Long Jump as he claimed a fourth place finish in the event, and successfully was the only local male long jumper to place in any jumping event for the meet.
The Norwich throwers dominated the throwing pits when they walked off the bus this past Saturday. Thomas Reilly knocked off a meet record when he threw a 48'05.75" in the Shot Put to earn the first place finish. However, it wasn’t just Reilly who place in the Shot Put for the Tornado,