SYRACUSE On the day he made his commitment to the United States Military Academy at West Point official, Corey Wilkinson won something else, too.
Wilkinson played a big role as the combined Westhill/Bishop Ludden boys indoor track and field team earn an exciting victory in Wednesday night’s Section III Class A championship meet at SRC Arena.
The meet was a duel between Westhill/Ludden and Jamesville-DeWitt, and the combined entry’s 121 points were enough to hold off the Red Rams (111 points), far ahead of the rest of the nine-team field.
Wilkinson’s role included a shot put where he tossed it 50 feet 1 inch for the victory as teammate Anthony Pecoriello (42’11 ¼”) was third. He also finished third in the 55-meter hurdles in 6.93 seconds and combined with Christian St. Amour, Ben Rath and Peter Guy to win the 4x200 relay in 1:36.44, more than four seconds ahead of runner-up Mexico (1:40.63).
In fact, Westhill/Ludden swept all three relays. Xavier Fleurinor, third in the 55-meter hurdles (8.98 seconds), joined Guy, Rath and St. Amour to win the 4x400 in 3:40.37, leaving J-D (3:45.77) more than five seconds behind, while Casey Bunce, Peter Lynch, Kyle Fitch and Vincenzo Carr needed 8:48.90 to roll past New Hartford (8:56.33) and the rest of the 4x800 field.
Individually, Bunce, in 10:26.66, and Lynch, in 10:26.78, would go 1-2 in the 3,200-meter run, with Dan DeMauro (10:49.75) fifth. And in the 600-meter run, It was Guy getting the victory in 1:30.57, with Fleurinor (1:31.11) taking second place.
Rath ran 38.34 seconds, just behind J-D’s Zach Liebmann (38.21 seconds), while St. Amour was third (38.51 seconds) in the 300-meter dash. Carr was fourth in the 1,000-meter run in 2:49.10, while Lynch and Bunce took fourth and fifth, respectively, in the mile. John Ringwood was sixth in the pole vault, clearing 9 feet.