Lady Tornado battling through injuries, places third
VESTAL – The Section IV Track and Field Class B Championships were moved up a day due to a schedule change but that did not effect the Norwich track and field teams from competing like they have all season – dominating the track each and every meet.
The Norwich boys team made it three sectional championships in a row with the crushing victory over the rest of the Class B field, winning by 107 points. The Tornado boys finished with a total of 186 points with the second-place team hailing from Owego came away with 79 points.
While the girls team is battling a few injuries, Norwich did not capture the Class B title. However, after focusing on the individual performances, the Lady Tornado finished third in the standings with 85 points.
Eric Conant and David Berger, two of Norwich’s top sprinters on the squad, came away with a 1-2 finish in both the 100 meter and 200 meter dashes to combine for 36 of their team’s points.
Conant raced across the finish line in the 100 meter event to a time of 11.1 – the third fastest time run by the sprinter this season – to beat the rest of the finalists. Berger was on his heels for length of the race as he finished seven-hundredths behind his teammate.
In the 200 meter dash, the two were separated by a tenth of a second. Sophomore teammate Griffin Mills joined them on the podium with a third-place finish to give Norwich a top three finish in the event as he ran 23.60 to stand on the podium.
Mills also placed in the 400 meter event and the long jump, finishing the meet with two second-place ribbons to go along with the one from the 200 meter event.
Standing at the top of the podium for the same 400 meter run was Norwich’s Gabe Gawronski, crossing the finish line at 51.13 seconds – a full two seconds ahead of Mills in the event.
Gawronski also nabbed a red ribbon in the 800 meter run, an event he hasn’t run in the past few meets as he has been focusing on the 400 meter race to try and break the record. The Tornado senior ran the event in 2:04.42.
Both the Norwich 4x400 and the 4x100 meter relay teams came away with wins, crowning the foursomes with the Section IV Class B title. The 4x800 boys team placed fourth.
Hurdlers’ Noah Bufalini and Nik Barber finished 1-2 in the one lap race, coming within a second of each other. Bufalini topped the field with a time of 1:01.09 while Barber came in at 1:01.90.
Jacob Russell and Ryan Sanford, the other two boys hurdlers for Norwich, placed in the top of the competition in the 110 meter hurdles. Russell finished third while Sanford came in at fifth as both ran times below 20 seconds in the race.
Makaio Sutton and Stanton Baker, two of the Tornado’s top distance runners, placed in the 3200 meter race at the Class B Championships. Sutton ran the two-mile event in 10:44.23 for fourth and Baker placed sixth with his time of 10:59.13...