SYRACUSE Nick Cometti and Brian McCleod would set the pace for the Solvay boys indoor track and field team in Thursday night’s Section III Class B championship meet at SRC Arena, and the rest of the Bearcats would gladly follow.
As a result, the Bearcats are sectional champions, earning 84 points to fend off Clinton (73 points) at the top of a 12-team field. Jordan-Elbridge, with 32 points, edged out Marcellus (29 points) for seventh place.
Cometti first prevailed in the 55-meter dash, topping Onondaga’s Keanan Glod, 6.69 seconds to 6.84. Then, in the 300-meter dash, the Solvay junior got away from J-E’s Dylan Whittico and won in 37.37 seconds as Whittico (38.58 seconds) took second place.
As for McLeod, he earned 28 points in field events. First, he cleared 6 feet in the high jump, two inches better than Hannibal’s Jordan Skipworth, and moved to the triple jump, where with 41’3 ¾” he held off Skipworth by just half an inch as teammate Isaiah Lee (39’5 ¼”) was fifth.
As if that wasn’t enough, McLeod nearly got a win in the long jump, too, but had to settle for second place with exactly 20 feet as Phoenix’s Zach Manzer (20’7”) went to the top.
Josh Marotti had a fine showing, too, getting second place (11’6”) in the pole vault to Carson Schwab (Skaneateles), who won with 12’6”, with Marotti also getting third place in the 55-meter hurdles in 8.85 seconds. Frank Pucello got sixth in the shot put, heaving it 41’5 ½”.
Eric Goodrich, Matt Battaglia, Mike Nicolini and Owen Ryan gave Solvay a fourth-place time of 3:49.32 in the 4x400 relay, where J-E, featuring Whittico, Austin Milton, Bill DiRenzo and Jacob Patterson, were fifth in 3:55.44. The Bearcats also were sixth in the 4x200 as Battaglia, Nicolini, Tony Matsyuk and Colton Francemone were fourth in the 4x800 in 9:09.49, again with J-E in fifth.