CORTLAND — The 2023 indoor track season has started for the local Chenango County area schools as the Bainbridge-Guilford/Afton/Harpursville, Unadilla Valley, Norwich, and Oxford-Greene competed at the Finger Lakes Invitational this weekend.
The meet was held at SUNY Cortland in two sessions. BGAH and UV were scheduled in the morning session while Norwich and Oxford/Greene ran in the afternoon. All results can be found at ny.milesplit.com.
The BGAH bears girls team had many notable performances on Saturday, which includes a top finish for Ethne Degan to start her senior winter track season. Degan finished first in the 1000 meter run with a time of Maddie Ingham also ran in the 1000 meter run, where she earned a new personal best time of 3:15.80 for third place. The eighth grader finished first in the 600 meter run (1:50.75) with teammate Laila Williams in fourth place with a new best time of 1:56.77. In the 55 meter dash, Freshman Makayla McCloud came in third place with a time of 7.90 seconds as Elanor Sprow set a new personal best time of 8.43 and finished 11th.
In the fielding events, Olivia Nichols achieved third place with a new personal jump of four feet, eight inches while teammate Laila Williams came in sixth place (4-2). Emily Sprow earned two fourth place finishes in the long jump (14-9.25) and in the triple jump (30-10.5). Freshman Tori Suda took third in the shot put with a throw of 25 feet, nine inches as BGAH swept the first four spots in the weight throw with Allison Hauptmann in first (27-8.50) followed by Emmeline Vroman (22-1.25), Emilie Hopkins (20-0.75), and Morgan Prisco (19-2.25).
Collin Dicks led the BGAH boys team with competing in three events, where he earned two first place finishes in both the long and the triple jumps and eighth in the 55 meter dash. Dicks accomplished a new personal best in the 55 meter dash with a time of 7.02 seconds. Teammate Julian Pruskowski finished ninth in the same 55 meter dash event (7.03) and took second in the 300 meter dash (38.86). Brock Porter earned third place in the 600 meter run, which he ran in 1:39.44.
The Storm girls were led by Jaiden Schrag who finished first in two events. The senior earned first in both the 55 meter hurdles (9.06 seconds) and in the long jump (15-10) with fellow senior Kalie Fernandez-Naughton in fifth (14-8.75). Fernandez-Naughton finished second in the shot put with a throw of 27 feet, 10 inches. Gracie Gorrell ran a time of 43.92 seconds for second place in the 300 meter dash with teammate Madison Dix finishing fifth (47.84). Sophomore Natalya Schrag finished fourth in the 1600 meter run with a new best time of 3:27.72.
Jacob Prentice led the UV boys team with a third place in the pole vault with a vault of 10-6 and also finished 10th in the 300 meter dash (40.44 seconds). Junior Haywood Edwards came in third place in the 55 meter hurdles with a time of 9.19 seconds and took eighth in the triple jump with a jump of 34 feet, 8 1/4 inches. Alex Kemnah finished sixth in the 1000 meter run, which he ran in 3:01.85.
The Purple Tornado girls team was off to a hot start with a two fourth place finishes for the highest placements on the day. Ava Cirigliano finished fourth in the 300 meter dash with a time of 45.74 seconds as Olivia Palmer took fourth place in the weight throw event with a throw of 28 feet, 9 3/4 inches, setting a new personal record. Aside from their impressive performances, Hayley Shack finished seventh in the triple jump (28-4.50) with Briley Beckwith following suit in eighth (27-0.25).
Richard Fuller is off to a speedy final winter track season as he achieved first place in the 300 meter dash, running a quick 37.35 seconds. He also finished third in the 55 meter dash (6.85 seconds). Teammate Gabe Decker came in fourth place in the same 300 meter dash with a time of 39.10 seconds. Nic Sutton finished ninth in the 1000 meter run as Kaiden Vidler achieved ninth in the 55 meter hurdles. Vidler's best event of the day was the triple jump, where he finished fourth with a best jump of 37 feet, 9 3/4 inches. He also accomplished a best jump for the long jump, finishing 10th (16-3.25). Drew Westervelt came in third place in the shot put (36-7) while Gabe Blenis earned third in the weight throw with a throw of 49-9.75.
Oxford and Greene merged to create a strong winter track team this season with Shanna Krupp leading the team with two good finishes in both the shot put and weight throw events. Krupp came in eighth place in the weight throw with a new bes throw of 21 feet, three and a quarter inches. The Sophomore also threw a best 22-5.50 in the shot put for ninth place. Freshman Kayla Swift finished 18th in the 600 meter run with a new best time of 2:11.36 while London Lamoreaux finished 19th in the 300 meter dash (49.89 seconds).
The Blackhawks' boys team was led by eighth grader Gordon Smith who competed well in his two respective events. He finished fourth in the 1600 meter run with a time of 4:54.41 and came in sixth in the 1000 meter run, setting a new personal best time of 2:54.99. Lazarus Ludolph also set a new best time for himself as he finished ninth in the 300 meter dash (40.99 seconds). In the fielding events, Bartalo Bourn, Isaac Utter, and Nick Richette had an impressive outing. Bourn finished fourth in the pole vault event with a vault of 8-0 as Utter finished 11th (best 30-8) in the shot put event with Richette in 15th (28-9). Both Sophomores achieved new personal bests in the weight throw where Utter came in seventh with a throw of 30 feet, 7 1/2 inches and Richette in eighth with a best 25-8.
All four indoor track teams are scheduled to head back to SUNY Cortland on Saturday, December 16 with the weight-throwers only on Friday for the Winter Classic.