Norwich boys make it six straight

Track and Field

NORWICH – Norwich’s boys made it a perfect 6-for-6 at the annual REK Invitational Friday night. The host team broke five meet records, and breezed to the team title scoring 161 points. B-G/Afton, competing in the NHS-hosted invite for the first time, was a distant second with 129.

“The weather wasn’t perfect, but we’ve had worse this season,” said Norwich boys’ coach, Paul Sims. “Every year, my kids get pumped up for this meet. It’s a big deal to a lot of the kids.”

The Tornado boys kept a stranglehold on the title behind top male performer Matt Murray, who set new meet records in winning the 400-meter dash (51.4) and 800-meter middle distance race (2:05). Murray added a leg in the record-breaking 3,200-meter relay (8:42.5) and was one-fourth of the victorious 1,600-meter relay (3:36.2).

Norwich senior Jon Foulds swiped titles in the 110- and 400-meter hurdles. He won the former in a record 15.5 seconds, and added a time of 1:00.3. Patrick Taylor continued his excellent season in the jumping events. Taylor, an NHS junior, garnered wins in the long jump (19-7) and triple jump (39-5). Taylor was also part of a record-breaking relay. He teamed up with Cameron Turner, Nate Ashton, and Morgan Crawford to nail down the 400-meter relay in 45.2 seconds.

Oxford’s Katie and Emily Woodford shared the most outstanding female performer award for the second time in three years, and teammate Haley Witchella made a splash in her first REK Invitational setting a meet record in the high jump (5-feet), but it was not enough to overcome B-G/Afton’s significant depth. The Bears racked up 128 points with Oxford winding up second (82).

Katie Woodford claimed firsts in the 100- and 400-meter races, while twin sister Emily set a meet record taking the 200 meters (26.2). Emily Woodford also notched a victory in the triple jump.

B-G/Afton eighth-grader, Julia Knapp, staked her claim as one of the most promising performers in the section. Knapp won the 400-meter hurdles in a new meet record time (1:09.2), and Knapp doubled up in the long jump with a first-place leap of 16-6 1/2. The Bears’ Jess Avery added a record in the pole vault clearing nine feet even.

“I think Chenango County will be well represented in Section IV this year,” Sims said summing up the meet. “There were a number of kids here that have legitimate shots at going to states.”

Norwich will host Owego Tuesday in a STAC Central Division meet.

Girls’ team scoring: B-G/Afton, 126; Oxford, 82; Norwich, 47; Sherburne-Earlville, 39; Sidney, 39; Waterville, 38; G-MU/Morris, 33; Unadilla Valley, 25; DeRuyter, 16; Hamilton, 15; Greene, 12; Cincinnatus, 0.


400m relay: (O), 50.5, Jessica Russo, Haley Witchella, Emily Woodford, Katie Woodford. 3,200m relay: (B), 11:08.2, Saige Bullis, Daphne Knapp, Chloe McElligott, Isamarie Ramos. 100m hurdles: (S) Lyndsey Delello, 16.8. 1,500m: (B) I. Ramos, 5:20.8. 400m: (O) K. Woodford, 59.6. 100m: (O) K. Woodford, 12.3. 400m hurdles: (B) Julia Knapp, 1:09.2*. 800m: (B) Ramos, 2:36.4. 200m: (O) E. Woodford, 26.2*. 3,000m: (SE) Sopheia Eddy, 11:46.5. 1,600m relay: (O), 4:23, E. Woodford, Kasey Peters, H. Witchella, K. Woodford. 1,500m racewalk: (N) Shannon Curley, 9:37.4. Shot put (unofficial): (O) H. Witchella, 31-10. Long jump: (B) Julia Knapp, 16-6 1/2. Triple jump: (O) E. Woodford, 34-10. High jump: (O) H. Witchella, 5-0*. Pole Vault: (B) Jess Avery, 9-0*

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