Mande Semon and Jordan Hackworth both won twice on Saturday to help lead the Ithaca High boys’ track and field team to victory in the Red, White, Blue & Gold Invitational, hosted by Newark Valley.
The Little Red scored 92.5 points to outpace runners-up Sidney and Vestal, who both scored 62 points. Lansing placed seventh (36), Trumansburg was ninth (28) and Dryden was 12th (16).
Semon won the 100 meters in 11.58 seconds, and led off the Little Red’s winning 400 relay, which won in 44.44 seconds. Other relay members were Bruce Greene, Hackworth and Tevin Smith. Hackworth also won the long jump in 21 feet, 71/2 inches.
Ithaca’s Dan Dracup won the 800 (2:00.28) to post the Little Red’s other event win.
Lansing got wins from its 4×800 relay (Luke Field, Danny Zheng, Kevin Price, Ben Eisenhut), which clocked an 8:35.64, and Max Jordan in the pole vault, with a leap of 12 feet. Dryden was led by Bryant Stuttle, who won the triple jump in 43-6.
On the girls’ side, Dryden was the top local team with a second-place finish at 59 points, four behind champ Vestal. Ithaca placed eighth (32), host Newark Valley was 14th (19), Lansing was 16th (10) and Trumansburg did not score.
Host Newark Valley was led by senior Jenna Cupp, who set meet and stadium records in winning the 800 (2:18.60). Dryden’s Rachel Hutchinson finished second in 2:23.46. Abbey Yatsko won the 100 meters (13.12), finished second in the 200 (27.25) and anchored the Purple Lions’ winning 400 relay, which won in 51.96. Other relay members were Amy DeGaetano, Rachel Wojcik and Mackenzie Todd, who added a victory in the long jump (15-91/2).
STAC boys tennis
* Ithaca 4, Horseheads 3: Ithaca sophomore Tigran Mehrabyan and eighth-grader Ben Rogers beat Horseheads’ Kolby Reasons and Dustin McCullough 6-3, 7-6 (5) at third doubles to clinch the match for Ithaca. Other winners for Ithaca were freshman Aidan Mackenzie at second singles, seventh-grader Michael Zhao at fourth singles and junior Aleksa Basara and freshman Steven Carman at second doubles.
* Lansing 5, Union Springs 2: Saturday’s game at Lansing ended in the sixth inning, when Wolves coach Dan Zdanowski was ejected after questioning a call on the bases.
With runners on first and second, Lansing’s Ellington Hopkins flew out to right field, and the runner at second tagged and went to third, while the runner at first, Alex Purcell, went halfway to second, then returned after the catch. According to Zdanowski, he felt the home-plate umpire did not put himself in proper position to make the call at first base, while the field umpire went to third. Wolves rightfielder Dustin Albino threw to first in an attempt to double off Purcell.
The field umpire called Purcell safe from across the diamond, according to Zdanowski, and the Wolves coach went to home plate to discuss the play. He said the home-plate umpire “started counting at me to get back in my dugout,” and after starting to walk back, Zdanowski admitted he said, “I’m glad we could have a mature conversation about the call,” at which point the umpire confined Zdanowski to the dugout.
After yelling back at the umpire, Zdanowski was ejected. Since Zdanowski is the Wolves’ lone coach, the game was over. “I didn’t swear, I didn’t even scream, I’m dumbfounded,” Zdanowski said in an email.
Sam Currie got the win for the Bobcats (4-0), giving up six hits in five innings and striking out eight. Lansing scored three times in the first inning and added two in the sixth.
Union Springs’ Chandler Coleman was the game’s lone multiple hitter, going 3-for-4 with a double and a run. Zach Siracusa went 51/3 innings, allowing six hits and two earned runs.
* Chenango Forks 11, Dryden 6: At Chenango Forks, Cody DeOrio scored four goals in the Chenango Forks (4-1-1) win over Dryden, including all three Forks goals in the second quarter. Matt Federation tallied twice for Dryden (1-4), scoring in the first and third quarters.