Lansing Track and Field dominates in dual meets

Bobcats flex muscles in opening meet of the season

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The season took an extra two days to get underway for the Lansing Bobcats Boy’s and Girl’s Track and Field teams, as the opening slate of dual meets was rescheduled. The schedule change did not phase the Bobcats as both teams won a pair of dual meets against Southern Cayuga and Whitney Point.


The dual meets, while officially against Southern Cayuga and Whitney Point, were part of a larger meet that saw the Bobcats host Trumansburg, Groton, and Union Springs, which all competed against one another in individual duals.
In the field events, the Bobcats Girls led the way throughout many of the fields, taking first, among all competitors, in pole vault, high jump, triple jump, and long jump.


Gwen Gisler brought home the top honors in long jump (14’-01.5”) and pole vault (9’-00.0”), continuing the scoring success that she brought for the Bobcats throughout the indoor season.


Along with Gisler, Catalina Zaloj took the top spot in the girls high jump (5’-00.0”) while Ellie Howell (30’-05.25”) and Teresa Garcia (28’-06.5”) took first and second in the triple jump.


The track events saw many similar successes to those of the field athletes, as six events saw a Lansing girl finish ahead of the five-team field.


Of the three relay events, the Bobcats took first in two, the 4x800 and 4x100 meter relays, blowing by the rest of the field in the 4x800 by more than 10 seconds to finish with a time of 10:49.7.


The 100-meter hurdles, just the second track event, was instantly the highlight of the day for the Bobcats, as a trio of Lansing sprinters, Zaloj (16.6), Howell (17.2), and Hana Thibault (19.6), took the top three places in the event.
Zaloj’s dominant day continued when she crossed the finish line ahead of Thibault (1:19.6), with a time of (1:11.3) to lead the Bobcats to a one-two finish in the 400-meter hurdles.


The Bobcats took a sweep of the top three spots in the 1500 meters as Catie Eisenhut (5:15.5), Kinsley Jacobs (5:31.4) and Eden Jackson (5:39.4) collecting a plethora of team points.


The girl’s team saw very little challenge from the two opposing schools as it topped Southern Cayuga 112-27 and Whitney Point 118-15.


On the boy’s side of things, while the Bobcats were not directly competing with Trumansburg, the team saw a back and forth battle for top individual honors during each event.


The great performances started for the Bobcats when George Taylor (17.5) took top honors in the 110-meter hurdles. Taylor was followed by teammate Ethan Burt (18.6) as the pair took the top two spots in the event.


In the 4x100 meter relay, the Blue Raiders of Trumansburg took home the top place finish, but in the dual meet scoring for Lansing, the Bobcats edged Whitney point by three-tenths of a second, finishing in 54.1.


Later in the meet, Taylor would strike gold, again, for the Bobcats as he led the field by more than four seconds in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:05.3.


The Bobcats would see one more top finisher in the track events as Jack Thomas used a 12-second lead to cross the line in first in the 3200 meters at 10:47.7.


Taylor would make another dominant showing, this time in the field events, as he outjumped the competition with a 5’-00.0” in the high jump.


Burt brought home top honors in pole vault, splitting the placing with Trumansburg’s Noah Koeng at 11’-00.0”.


Despite the back and forth fight for overall positioning with Trumansburg, the dual meets ended with Lansing well ahead of its two opposing schools as it topped Southern Cayuga 89-47 and Whitney Point 117-15.


The overall powerful performance by both teams has already established that Lansing is loaded with not just a pair of dual meet teams, but also developing a continued stream of talented track and field athletes.

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