April 14, 2011


Trojans savor a soggy sweep

CHS squads earn split at Butts Field

Wednesday afternoon’s rainy weather didn’t stop the host Homer Central boys’ and girls’ track and field teams from starting their dual-meet seasons with a pair of OHSL Freedom Division victories apiece.
The Trojan girls rolled past rival Cortland High 98-34 and Syracuse’s Fowler High 101-30, while CHS topped Fowler 74-52 at George Butts Field.
Homer boys ran past CHS 72-60 and Fowler 80-52, while the Purple Tigers were 88-44 winners over Fowler to earn a split.
“On a cold and rainy evening, the girls opened the dual meet schedule with two dominate wins,” Homer coach George Schneider said. “All team members put forth their best efforts. The boys had two close victories to open their season. Many team members contributed to the victories, but the distance runners were what really put us over the top.”
— Bori Tozser was the standout for Homer girls, winning the 800-meters in 2:29.4, the 1,500 in 5:30.5, and the 3,000 in 12:28.5. The senior standout also anchored the winning 3,200 relay squad (10:41.3) that also included Jade Auchmoody, Abbey Gray and Suzette Strauf.
Auchmoody also took the 400 hurdles in 1:14.4 and was second in the 1,500 (5:31.4), while Strauf won the 400 (1:06.8) and was part of the winning 1,600 relay team, along with Braeden Sharer, Laura Dart and Sabina Clark. Clark was the top triple jumper at 27-9 and took second in both the 100 high hurdles (:19.7) and 400 intermediate hurdles (:24.4). Sharer was second in the 400 (1:08.5), and Dart took third in the 400 (1:07.0) and high jump (4-4).
The hosts’ Lia Kabat won the high jump at a personal-best height of 4-7 and was also part of the winning 400 relay foursome, along with Emily Harrington, Hannah McEvoy and Rayne Perry. Harrington was also second in the long jump (13-3.25), while Perry was fourth in the 200 (:28.8) and fifth in the 100 (:13.7) and McEvoy fourth in the long jump (13-0.25).
Havyn Bush won the shot put at a personal-best distance of 28-10 and was fourth in the discus (65-2.5), and teammate Hannah Agate took the discus with a throw of 76-9.5 and was fourth in the 100 high hurdles in :20.9.
Angie Simmons was a double winner for Cortland, taking the 100 in :12.9 and the 200 in :27.3, while Katie Dovi won the long jump at 13-6. Both were on the second-place 400 relay squad (55.2), along with Sabina Edwards and Tricia Pittman, and Dovi took third in both the 100 (:13.5) and 200 (:28.8).
The Purple Tigers’ Amber Welsh, Samantha Spaulding, Marissa Travis and Caitlin Troy took second in the 3,200 relay in 13:06.5, while Travis combined with Chelsea Valilee, Kelli Bell and Holly McMahon to finish second in the 1,600 relay in 5:31.6. Welsh was third in the 3,000 (13:45.5)
Other Cortland third-place finishers were Valilee in the triple jump (27-8), Emalee Burkhard in the shot put (24-3.5) and discus (73-3.5) and Kayla Andrews in the long jump (13.0.75).
As was the case in the boys’ meet, the pole vault was not contested due to the adverse conditions.
l In the boys’ meet, Jake Weber won the 800 (2:14.3) and 1600 (5:06.6) for Homer, and also anchored the winning 3,200 relay team (9:09.0) that also consisted of Tim Walsh, Chris Handelmann and Cameron Ashley. Chad Knapp, meanwhile, won the 400 (:54.1), anchored the Trojans’ 1,600 relay win that also included Jordan Pettit, Kyle Clark and Zerek Zimmerman and also took second in the 200 (:24.2) and third in the long jump (16-9.25).
Handelmann won the 3,200 (11:12.0) and was third in the 400 intermediate hurdles (1:09.4), while Walsh was second in both the 800 (2:17.1) and 1,600 (5:06.6). Pettit was third in the 400 (:55.2) and fourth in the 200 (:25.2) and triple jump (32-7.5), while Ashley took third in the 800 (2:18.9) and sixth in the discus (81-10) and Clark was fifth in the 100 (:12.2).
Brian Etz and Zeke McGinn were double winners for Cortland. Etz won the 110 high hurdles in 17.2 and the high jump at 5-8, while also taking second in the 400 (:54.6) and combining with Tyrmaine Dugger, Travis Kryger-Stramba and Shakief Rivers for second in the 400 relay (:47.6).
McGinn won the shot put (39-5.50 and discus (96-10.5). Dylan Rosas was the Purple Tigers’ only other first-place finisher, taking the 400 intermediate hurdles in 1:08. He was also third in both the 110 high hurdles (:19.7) and was part of the third-place 1600 relay team, along with Kryger-Stramba, Matt Bellardini and Frank Davenport. Rivers was second in the long jump (17-8.5) and third in the 200 (:25.1), and Kryger-Stramba also took third in the triple jump at 32-11.5.
Both Homer teams will next see action Saturday in the Newark Valley Red, White, Blue and Gold Invitational. Both squads from Cortland and Homer will compete in Tuesday’s Tully Co-ed Invitational.


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