Norwich boys win third team title

Oneonta Invitational

ONEONTA – Norwich’s boys won a third team championship in as many weeks, and set two new school records on Friday at the Oneonta Invitational.

Freshman Matt Murray set the first record. He finished a close second in the 800 meters clocking 1:56.2 to break the previous mark, and his time is just 1 1/2 seconds off the New York State freshman record. Later in the meet, the Norwich distance medley team of Max Morse, Nate Ashton, Mike Barnes, and Jamie Zieno (4,000 total meters) placed second in a school-record 11:40.9. “This was a great weekend for us as most of our athletes set personal records,” said Norwich varsity boys coach, Paul Sims. “This will give us a great deal of momentum going into the championship phase of our season.”

Norwich easily won the team title by 42 points over Cooperstown on the strength of five total victories and eight other finishes within the top three. Morgan Crawford and David Layman won sprinting titles in the 100- and 200-meter dash respectively. The sprint medley team of Crawford, Layman, Murray, and Josh Favaloro earned a first, as did Patrick Taylor in the long jump.

On the girls’ side, B-G/Afton finished second in team scoring behind Oneonta. Eighth-grader Julia Knapp was a double winner for the Bears.

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