Several teams and individuals excelled in high-school track and field competition this winter.
Leading the way were the McQuaid Jesuit boys, who captured the Section 5 Class A championship Feb. 18. The Knights scored 127 points, well ahead of second-place Rush-Henrietta’s 75 total. Event winners for McQuaid were Noah Williams, in the 55- and 300-meter dashes; Tobi Tella, in the triple jump and long jump; Donny Glavin, in the 3,200 run; and the 1,600 relay.
In the Section 5 state qualifier, held Feb. 26, Williams placed first in the 300 and Glavin won the 3,200, with the 1,600 relay also nabbing a first place while Tella was second in the long and triple jumps. Top Knight finishers at the state meet, which took place March 5, were Williams, third in the 300; Glavin, fifth in the 3,200; and the 1,600 relay, which placed seventh.
Elmira Notre Dame girls also produced a sectional team championship, winning the Section 4 Division 2 title Jan. 29. The Crusaders totaled 101 points, besting the second-place total of 75 by Sidney/Delhi/Unatego. Notre Dame’s event winners were Payton Yoder, in the 1,500 run; Anna Moretti, 1,500 race walk; Victoria Schutrum, shot put; and the 3,200 relay. Moretti went on to place second in the race walk at the state qualifier Feb. 13.
* Our Lady of Mercy finished second at the Section 5 Class B girls’ track meet Feb. 18. Capturing events for the Monarchs were Alana Morrow, 55 hurdles; Emily Wade, long jump; and the 800 relay. Morrow and Wade then advanced to states in the 55 hurdles by placing second and third, respectively, at the qualifying meet Feb. 26. Morrow cracked the top 10 at states March 5, finishing seventh in the 55 hurdles.
* Other sectional track winners were Aquinas Institute’s Warren Carter, in the boys’ Section 5 Class C 55 hurdles; the AQ girls’ Section 5 Class C 800 relay; and Notre Dame’s Tony Liriano, in the boys’ Section 4 Division 2 35-pound weight throw. In addition, Aquinas’ Travasia Singletary took third in the girls’ 300 at the state qualifier Feb. 26 to reach states.
* In Alpine skiing, Mercy’s Logan Ellis netted a pair of top-10 finishes at the state girls’ championships Feb. 22-23, placing seventh in the slalom and ninth in the giant slalom.
* In wrestling, McQuaid’s Jason Cunningham won a Section 5 Class A title Feb. 6, taking the 220-pound division with a 1-0 decision over Brockport’s James Baker in the final.