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Indoor track athletes gain wins at state qualifier

Leff takes girls 1,500; Cometti sweeps Division II sprints

— and field athletes cleaned up in every discipline during last Wednesday night’s Section III state qualifier at SRC Arena.

As a result, many of these same stars are on their way to Cornell University’s Barton Hall to participate in the March 2 state indoor track championships.

At the start of her big week, West Genesee’s Laura Leff won the 1,500-meter run. Battling with Fayetteville-Manlius star Alana Pearl, Leff traded the lead with Pearl all race long before bolting to the front on the final turn to win in four minutes, 39.21 seconds, beating Pearl by 1.16 seconds.

Also for the Wildcats, Abby Uczen claimed the top spot in the pole vault, the only athlete in either division to clear 10 feet, doing so on her third try. This followed a Class AA meet where Uczen was unable to clear a height.

Brianna Richardson contended for WG in the 55-meter hurdles, finishing in 8.99 seconds, which was second in Division I (large schools) behind Homer’s Jekeytha Adkins (8.87 seconds). Richardson also was second in the triple jump (35’4 ¾”) behind Cicero-North Syracuse’s Javielle Fanizzi, who won with 36’ ½”.

Rachel Garn will represent Marcellus at the state meet on the Division II (small school) side, this after she claimed the 1,000-meter run in a time of 3:04.60, nearly two seconds faster than in the Class B meet a week earlier.

An exciting finish in the Division II 600-meter run came down to mere fractions. Jordan-Elbridge’s Brianna Byrnes and Cazenovia’s Samantha Gates hit the line together, but Byrnes, in 1:44.69, beat Gates (1:44.70) by one-hundredth of a second.

Another Eagles runner, Julie Hines, was third in the Division II 300-meter dash, though she hit the line at the exact same time (42.75 seconds) as Cazenovia’s Clare Costello, who got second because she was 0.004 seconds faster.

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