The Corning High boys’ and girls’ track teams both rose to the top on Thursday, capturing team titles at the annual Southern Southern Tier Athletic Conference track & field championships on Thursday at Windsor High.
The Hawks boys took their third straight title with a team score of 104, finishing 22 points ahead of runner-up Ithaca. Corning’s girls scored 130 points to win easily over Elmira (76) and Binghamton (66). Ithaca High finished sixth with 39 points.
STAC records were established in both steeplechase races, with John McCarthy of Corning posting a 9-minute, 11.86-second clocking over 3,000 meters, and Katie Butler of Corning going 7:00.46 over 2,000 meters for the girls’ record.
Junior Dan Dracup was the top performer for the Little Red boys. The two-time STAC cross country champion won the 1,600 meters in 4 minutes, 19.11 seconds for Ithaca’s only individual victory, and finished second to Norwich’s Matt Murray in the 800. Murray crossed the line in 1:58.28 to Dracup’s 1:59.87.
The Little Red’s Jordan Hackworth placed in both the 200 meters (third in 23.12 seconds) and the long jump (second, 22 feet, 4¾). Other top finishers for the Ithaca boys were Lucas Canales in the 3,200 (third, 10:10.19), Ithaca’s 400 relay (second, 44.16), Cole Clemons in the discus (second, 124-5), Oseoba Airewele in the triple jump (second, 46-3), Mande Semon in the triple jump (third, 43-8¾) and Jakob Markwardt in the pole vault (third, 11-6).
On the girls’ side, Lauren Trumble took first in the 800 meters (2:13.98) and finished second in the 400 (58.0) to highlight Ithaca’s showing. The Little Red finished third in the 1,600 relay (4:11.24) and got fourth-place finishes from Onah Ohotu in the discus (113-8) and Sylvie Studier in the pole vault (8-6).
Union Springs/Port Byron 4, Tioga 2: On Thursday at Elmira’s Dunn Field, the Wolves (14-6) rallied from an early deficit to top the Tigers (14-2), ranked fourth in Class C, for the IAC Small School championship.
Nick Slobodiak went the distance for the winners, scattering five hits and two walks while striking out six. The Wolves scored once in the fourth inning and three times in the sixth to erase an early deficit.
Skyler Jennings had two hits, including a double, and Garrett Cunningham had two hits and drove in a run.
The Wolves are the seventh seed in the upcoming Section 4 Class B tournament, and will take on second-seeded Norwich on Thursday.
Edison 8, Whitney Point 1: On Thursday at Cornell’s Niemand-Robison Field, McKenzie Slaven scattered nine hits and struck out eight as the Spartans (15-2) claimed the IAC Large School championship by defeating the Eagles (10-5).
Edison scored four times in the second inning and three in the fifth to take control of the game. Her teammates played good defense behind her in challenging, windy conditions, turning two double plays, including one in the seventh to end the game.
Emily Lear went 2-for-4 and Alle Jamison scored twice for the winners.
Edison, ranked third in Class C by the New York State Sportswriters Association, is the top seed for the Section 4 Class C tournament and gets a first-round bye. Whitney Point is seeded seventh in the Class B tourney and will play at No. 2 seed Oneonta in the first round.
Section 4 Medalist Tournament: On Thursday at Cornell’s Robert Trent Jones Course, Susquehanna Valley’s DJ Griffiths shot a 3-over 74 to take a two-shot lead over Trumansburg sophomore Danny Lapp and Windsor’s Matt Ploutz at the midway point of the 36-hole event.
Lansing’s John Losurdo carded a 15-over-par 86 and Dryden’s Jonathan Becker had an 89. The tournament resumes on Saturday morning.
Vestal 15, Ithaca 5: On Thursday at Bredbenner Field, the Golden Bears outscored the Little Red, 10-1, in the second to take control of the game. Kylie Sposito had a hat trick and Sam Brown made six saves for Ithaca, which concludes the regular season at 6-10 overall, 6-5 in Section 4.
Section 4 Class A tournament: On Thursday at Vestal, Corning amassed 36 points to take a four-point lead over Ithaca after the first day of the tournament. The event will wrap up on Tuesday at Tioga Hills.
Ithaca’s top singles player, Justin Milner, opened with a first-round bye before ousting Binghamton’s Kaelan Castetter, 6-0, 6-0, in the quarterfinals. Top-seeded Artem Khrapko of Corning also had a first-round bye, then scored a quarterfinal victory over Ithaca’s Louis Latham, 6-0, 6-0.
Ithaca’s top doubles team of Kevin Huang and Michael Zhao opened with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Corning’s David Gu and Noah Coons.