Norwich Track And Field Claims Oneonta Invitational Trophy

By: Meagan Schulz

Norwich track and field claims Oneonta Invitational trophy Submitted Photo

Sprint medley relay teams for the Tornado qualify for nationals

ONEONTA – Battling the rainy conditions in Oneonta, like the teams have most of the season, the Norwich boys and girls track and field team came out on top of the competition at the Oneonta Invitational Friday afternoon. The Boys captured the trophy with 129 points while the girls team used 117 points to finish in the top spot.

The Bainbridge-Guilford girls team nabbed a top-five finish with 58.50 points while the Oxford girls placed seventh and Greene came in at the No. 9 spot. The Bobcats boys team placed seventh and the Trojans finished in 12th.

Norwich’s Miranda Cole and Eric Conant added more first place ribbons to their 2019 collection in the 100 and 200 meter dashes. Cole crossed the finish line in the 100 at 12.87 seconds, just tenths of a second ahead of B-G’s Erica Selfridge.

Cole and Selfridge had the same 1-2 finish in the 200 meter event as the Norwich freshman sprinter ran to a time of 26.55 seconds. Selfridge finished the race at 27.67 seconds. Cole’s colleague Riley Marsh placed third in both events while Milla Gonzalez of Oxford placed fifth in the 100 and fourth in the 200.

Conant, who has run one of the fastest times in the area for the 100 meter dash this season, captured the event with a time of 11.33 seconds. Teammates David Berger came across the finish line in fourth placed and Griffin Mills placed fifth, running a time seven-hundredths of a second behind Berger.

Conant and Mills raced in the 200 meter event with Conant taking the top spot with a time of 23.24 seconds. Mills, who placed third in the event, was just five-tenths of a second off his senior teammate’s pace.

Bainbridge-Guilford’s Nick Petrutoni was in the mix for both events as well. Pretrutoni, the Bobcats’ top sprinter, placed sixth in the 100 meter race with a time of 11.7 seconds and earned a fourth placed finish in the 200. In the slightly longer distance, Pretrutoni was on the heels of Mills, placing fourth at 23.83 seconds.

Both of the Purple Tornado Sprint Medley Relay teams finished in first and with their times, the two foursomes qualified for the New Balance National meet – an event the boys’ team qualified for a season ago.

The 800 meter event, which is broken down by the four runners racing different legs of 200, 100, 100 and 400 meters, saw the Norwich boys team – Gabe Gawronski, Berger, Mills and Conant – finish the event at 1:34.96 to break the school record once again.

The Lady Tornado four – Hailey Colabelli, Anglea Carlson, Cole and Marsh – sprinted to a first place time of 1:53.04.

The Trojans’ group of four that competed in the same race placed four on the girls side of the event, coming across the finish line at 2:07.11.

Gawronski of the Tornado raced in the 400 meter run individually during the invitational as well running a time of 51.94 seconds. In the sprint medley relay, the senior’s split was 49.6 seconds.

Gawronski also jumped in the high jump field event, placing second with a final height cleared of 5 feet-11 inches. Tying in the Norwich high jumper was Greene’s Tristan Austin. Both were beat by Josh Wayman of Shenevus/Worchester, jumping 6 feet-2 inches to win the meet.

Katie Gawronski didn’t let her older brother outshine her on the track as she came away with first place finishes in both the 100 meter and 400 meter hurdles. Her younger sister, who is a junior for Norwich, won the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 17.2 seconds. Marsh placed second in the event to give the Lady Tornado a 1-2 finish.

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