On a night in which only field events athletes from Lansing and Newfield stole the spotlight at the Third Annual Lansing Bobcat Field Festival.
The other three schools to round out the field were from Odessa-Montour, Southern Cayuga, and Union Springs.
The festival, which only includes events that involve jumping and throwing, saw both the girls and the boys compete in six events. The top two finishers from each school saw their marks combined to compete for the “relay” title in that event.
In the girl’s triple jump, the Bobcats used the familiarity of their home facilities to cruise to a sweep of the event with Ellie Howe (33-01.10), Gwen Gisler (31-11.50), and Teresa Garcia (31-05.00) to take the top three honors. The first to follow the trio of Bobcats was Newfield’s Jenna Goodwin (31-01.00). Goodwin would be accompanied by a pair of teammates, as Helena Griffin (28-06.50) and Zoey Keagle (25-06.50) finished sixth and tenth, respectively. Lansing’s Hana Thibault (28-04.50) finished seventh.
In the boy’s triple jump competition Lansing’s George Taylor (39-05.75) took home the top honors ahead of teammate Dakota Edwards (38-00.00). A triplet of Trojans was in the field, with Max Olmstead (35-00.00) landing in third, leading the way for Ian Adam (32-05.00) and Ian Barron (29-01.50).
In a similar style event, the girl’s long jump, the Bobcats once again claimed the first and second place finishes as Gisler (15-11.25) outjumped teammate Catalina Zaloj (15-05.50) for first place. Three spots behind the Bobcats, Griffin (13-04.00) recorded the longest attempt for the Trojans.
The boy’s long jump saw Lansing and Newfield distance themselves from the rest of the field, with the two schools combining for a sweep of the top five places. In a reverse of the triple jump, Edwards (19-06.00) outjumped Taylor (18-08.50) by nearly 10 inches to take the top spot in the event. Newfield saw Gabriel Wood (17-08.25) and Olmstead duke it out for third and fourth. Behind the two pairs of finishes, Kyle Reid (17-03.25) rounded out the top five for Lansing.
In the final unassisted jumping event, the high jump, Zaloj and Gisler were back on top of the field. Zaloj earned the top honors with a meet record of 5-03.00 and Gisler (4-07.01) finished second, edging out Newfield’s Renee Bickham (4-07.00) by a tenth of an inch. Zaloj’s height, while a meet record, helped the junior remain unbeaten in the event, this season.
Ethan Burt (5-08.00) captured first, for Lansing, in the boy’s high jump, finishing ahead of his teammate and third place finisher, Reid (5-04.00), and Newfield’s fourth-place finisher, Gabriel Wood (5-02.00).
In an event that saw only one competitor who was not from Lansing, on either the girls or boys side of competition, both conpetitinos were controlled, as they so often are, by the hosts.Lansing’s Gisler crossed (11-08.00) and Burt (12-08.00) finished first in the girls and boy’s event.
In the throwing events, the Bocats and Trojans did not experience the same level of success as they did in the jumping events, but that didn’t mean that the competitors underperformed.
The girl’s shot put was won by Southern Cayuga’s Bridget Davis (29-11.50), throwing for a new meet record. The runner up finish was claimed by Goodwin (27-00.00) who drew a mark that was 2.75 inches ahead of the third-place finisher.
In the boy’s event, another meet record was set, this time by Odessa-Montour’s Zach Elliott (49-07.50). The Bobcats and Trojans saw a pair of place-winners. Lansing placed Burt (33-03.75) in third, ahead of teammate Colton Stauffeneker (32-07.50). Stauffeneker was not alone in fourth place, as Newfield’s Slavik Yalanzhi tied him with the same finishing mark. Behind the pair of fourth place finishers, Newfield’s Steve Porter (31-07.50) rounded out the top six.
The final throwing event, the discus, saw Jasmine Van De Mark (61-11.00) earn Lansing a third-place finish on the girl’s side of the event. One spot behind Van De Mark, Newfield’s Maura Wood-Ellis (58-07.00) rounded out the top four. The boy’s event saw another record breaker performance out of Odessa-Montour’s Elliot (146-11.00), firmly securing the event win for the senior. The Bobcats found Stauffeneker (95-08.00) placing third, ahead of Newfield’s Yalanzhi (91-04.00), who earned the fourth-place finish.
Because of the small number of teams and the lack of the track events, team scores were not recorded for the festival.
The strong showing for both the Bobcats and the Trojans is an early indication as to how things may play out when the two teams will take the full roster of runners and throwers to the IAC Championship meet in a little over a week.
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