Dryden High girls’ track coach Lee Stuttle kept waiting for the other shoe to drop on Saturday night at Barton Hall.
But all his Purple Lions did was keep putting one shoe in front of the other — and fast.
“I couldn’t have drawn it up any better,” Stuttle said after watching his team roll to victory in the Section 4 Division II (Class C/D) championship meet. Dryden scored 136 points, doubling up second-place Waverly (68) and finishing well ahead of Trumansburg (51) and Notre Dame (50) in the 16-team field.
“Rarely do you have a meet where everybody performs at a level that they’re supposed to, but that’s just what we did,” Stuttle said. “It was incredible, I kept smiling the whole night. I kept saying to my assistant coach, ‘Something’s got to happen,’ but they just kept performing.”
The team sectional victory was the 10th in Stuttle’s 22 years in Dryden, he said, but the first in indoor track. Stuttle was also pleased with the performance of his boys’ team, which finished third despite just having nine team members.
Dryden senior Rachel Hutchinson, a multiple school record-setter this season and holder of the third-fastest time in the nation at 1,000 meters, continued her outstanding season by taking both the 1,000 and 1,500 meters. She also anchored Dryden’s victorious 4×800 relay, which included Jamie Mullins, Anne McConnell and Hannah Wildenstein.
Other winners for the Purple Lions girls included Mackenzie Todd (long jump, triple jump), Abbey Yatsko (300), Mullins (pole vault) and Kerry Mullins (1,500 race walk).
Trumansburg won the boys’ Division II title in a runaway with 138 points, outdistancing Lansing (50) and Dryden (46) in the 16-team field. The Blue Raiders got victories from Cal Randle (600 meters), Dakota Babcock (300) and the 4×800, 4×200 and 4×400 relays. The Blue Raiders also got several runner-up finishes, including Tyler Sutherland in the 3,200 meters, T.J. Eighmey in the 55-meter dash, Randle in the 1,000 and Kyle Carr in the 55 hurdles.
Lansing’s Ben Eisenhut won both the 1,000 and 1,600 meters, with teammate Kevin Price following him across the line in the latter.
In the pole vault, Lansing’s Dylan Bland (12 feet) and Max Jordan (11-6) went 1-2, followed by T-burg’s Ben Pesco (9-0).
In Division I, Elmira won the girls’ title and Corning won its third straight boys’ championship.