J-D indoor track girls win Class A sectional title

Boys Red Rams finish second to Westhill/Ludden

— Only by a small amount of points did Jamesville-DeWitt’s indoor track and field teams miss a clean sweep of last Wednesday night’s Section III Class A championship meets at SRC Arena.

The girls Red Rams won big, with 147 points as Westhill/Bishop Ludden (65 points) was far back in second place. But in the boys meet, J-D, with 111 points, finished just behind Westhill/Ludden’s total of 121 points.

East Syracuse-Minoa, participating in both Class A meets, finished fourth in the eight-team girls meet by picking up 56 points, with the boys Spartans in fifth as it earned 36 points.

Rachel Fairbanks led the girls Rams. Individually, Fairbanks claimed the 1,000-meter run in 3:05.38, led a 1-2 J-D sweep as Laura Wengert got second place in 3:06.91. Fairbanks also was victorious in the 600-meter run in 1:40.29, more than two seconds clear of the field.

Then, in the 4x800 relay, Fairbanks, teaming with Carpenter, Wengert and Samantha Clemons, ran the two miles in 9:58 flat, while ESM’s quartet of Natalie Marra, Gabby Pallotta, Juliette Miller and Maria Miner were second in 10:19.44.

J-D cleaned up in most of the field events, too, with Sierra Vasiliou at the helm. Vasiliou beat the field in the shot put with a throw of 33 feet 2 ¼ inches, with Tangela Hightower fourth and Salwa El-Hindi fifth.

Moving to the long jump, Vasiliou soared 17’4 ¼”, beating the field by more than a foot and a half as teammate Patrece Martin (15’1 ¾”) was fifth. But Martin had her moment in the triple jump, going 35’6 ½” to leave Mexico’s Hannah West (32’1 ¼”) and the field more than three feet behind her.

Taylor-Rae Danforth won the pole vault, clearing 9’6” as teammate Brooke DeRoberts (7’) was fourth. Then she teamed with Vasiliou, Martin and Ally Fox as J-D, in the 4x200 relay, prevailed in 1:51.22, with ESM (1:59.85) settling into third place.

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