May 12, 2016
Trojans secure crowns on Cortland High track
Joe McIntyre/staff photographer
Homer Central’s Paul Morse, right, heads toward victory against Mexico’s Justin Gardener in the 110-meter hurdles Wednesday at Cortland High.
The Homer Central girls’ and boys’ track teams both wrapped up OHSL Freedom National Division championships with 4-0 records Wednesday afternoon with wins over host Cortland High and Mexico in a double-dual meet.
The Trojan girls claimed their third league crown in a row and finished 7-3 overall by beating the Purple Tigers 111-29 and Mexico 101-38. CHS (0-4, 1-6) also fell to Mexico, 83-47.
Homer’s boys (9-1 overall) topped the hosts 80-61 and Mexico 97-44 while Cortland (1-3, 3-4) was an 82-59 winner over Mexico.
For Homer girls, McKayla Crawford had a hand in four first-place finishes while Alsasce Lorraine Sanders, Arielle Moheimani were triple winners to pace Homer. Crawford won the 800-meters in a state-qualifying time of 2:32.7, the 1,500m in 5:20.6 and the 3,000m in 11:48.8 and also joined Aly Witt, Kristen Rahner and Amelia Ponirakis to win the 3,200m relay in 10:45.8.
Sanders won the 100m in a junior-class record time of 12.7, the 200m in state-qualifying time of 27.0 and the triple jump at 32 feet-1 inch. The Trojans took the top three places in the 100m, Brenna Johnson second in 13.2 and Kelsey Clark third at 13.9.
Moheimani was first in the 400m hurdles (1:15.1), shot put (28-9.75) and discus (87-2). Johnson won the 400m in 1:02.4 and Zoe Fish the pole vault at 7-6. The 1,600m relay team of Kelsey Clark, Allie Kristof, Rahner and Johnson was victorious in 4:27.7.
Cortland’s Lauren Phetteplace was second in the 1,500m in 5:30.8 and the 3,000 in 12:12.7, and also joined Gabriella Toussaint, Ella Wilson and Molly Leonard on the runner-up 3,200m relay squad (10:52.1).
— For Homer boys, Matt Guerrera won the 200m in a personal-best 22.9, tying Jayden Gavidia’s junior class record, and also won the 400m in 52.9 and was part of the winning 1,600m relay team (2:39.9), along with Logan Grihin, Paddy Fox and Lucas Payne.
Grihin was in on three relay wins, also teaming with Stokoe, Kollin VanWagenen, and Andrew Swenson to win the 3,200m relay in 8:38.6 and with Christian Pittsley, Fox and Michael Morse to take the 400m relay in a season-best 45.3.
Grant Stokoe won the 800m in 2:05.6 while Paul Morse was first in the 110 high hurdles in 16.1 and Fox won the 400m hurdles in 1:01.9.
Andy Boyce and Ray Rogers each had two first-place finishes for Cortland. Boyce’s wins came in the 1,600m (4:35.5) and 3,200m (10:24.1) while Rogers had personal bests in taking both the shot put (41-9.75) and discus (117-4). Ezra Engst-Mansilla won the long jump mark at 20-0 and Ian George took the pole vault at 11-0.
A total of 33 upperclassmen from the Homer and Cortland boys’ and girls squads were honored before the meet on a dual Senior Day.
Both Homer teams will compete in the Oneida Invitational Friday, while Cortland’s teams will be at the Arcaro Co-ed Classic at Cicero-North Syracuse the same day.
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