December 1, 2021

Cortland, Homer shine at SRC Arena

Section 3 Indoor Track

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SYRACUSE — The Cortland High and Homer Central indoor track and field teams traveled to the Onondaga Community College’s SRC Arena to compete in the Fred Kirschenheiter Memorial Invitational Saturday.

The Purple Tigers competed in the morning session while the Trojans were in action in the afternoon.


The Purple Tiger girls’ and boys’ indoor track and field teams set some records.

“Each week of the season the team has continued to improve in one way or another and set new records,” Cortland coach Paul Drexler said.

Most notably Saturday was Matt Honan who had a throw of 40-feet-4.5 inches to break his own personal record in the weight throw by 10 feet and the school record by nearly six feet.

The team of Pearl Hettich and the Quick sisters –– Lillian, Maia, Ella –– recently re-broke their own 4x400m school record. Freshman Jazayah Herbert broke the school record during her heat of the 55m dash, only to have Malana Booker run even faster in the very next heat.

“A truly record breaking day for the Cortland Tigers,” Drexler said.

The Cortland boys’ and girls’ teams will take on area schools at SUNY Cortland’s Lusk Field House Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the It’s About Time Invitational. The Purple Tiger boys are defending their win last year and the girls, as a much larger team this year, feel poised to join the boys at the top of the podium.


The Homer boys’ indoor track and field team finished fifth out of eleven scoring teams with 57 points. Liverpool took team honors with 196 points.

Jed Swayze won the 1,000m run with a personal best time of 2:46.62.

Other place finishers for the Trojan boys were Tommy Mahunik took second place (1:31.25, personal best) in the 600m. Connor McCloy was third (9-6, PB) in the pole vault and qualified for sectionals. The 4×800 relay team of Mahunik (2:23.1), Ethan Lowell (2:27.3), Marcus Sypher (2:31.6) and Swayze (2:12.1) placed third with a time of 9:34.16. Lowell was placed fourth (1:34.87) in the 600m run. Jack Smith ran a personal best time (9.37) to place fifth in the 55 hurdles and qualified for sectionals. Smith also turned in a personal best performance (17-5.75) in the long jump to place fifth. The 4x400m relay team of Nate Johnson (1:06.8), Emmett Clarke (1:03.5), Caleb Mulvaney (1:02.4, PB), and Sypher (1:02.7) placed fifth in 4:15.43. Mulvaney placed sixth (5-6) in the high jump. Adam Karam placed sixth (34-11) in the triple jump. The 4x200m relay team of Jarrod Flint (26.5), Bryce Hoffmann (27.0, PB), Jacob Tuthill (26.3, PB) and McCloy (26.3) placed sixth in 1:46.23.

The Trojan girls placed fifth out of twelve scoring teams with 53 points. Liverpool was the team champion with 191 points.

Homer saw a number of second-place finishes before the day ended. These efforts included Emma Anderson in the 1,000m with her time of 3:09.16 which qualifies her for sectionals and the Section 3 state qualifier. Julie McGory in the 300m dash with a personal best time of 45.94. Hannah McMasters in the shot put (28-3.5) was a personal best and qualifying her for sectionals.

The 4x400m relay team of McGory (1:05.8), Camdyn Cole (1:08.5), Brianna Cash (1:14.4, season best) and Lydia Sujkowski (1:12.6) with a time of 4:41.22. The 4x200m relay team of Caraline Riley (30.9, PB), Camdyn Cole (39.4, PB), Sujkowski (30.6) and Anderson (29.0) with a time of 2:00.1.

Other place finishers were the 4x800m relay team of Becky Jones (2:46.6), Edie Russo (3:02.8), Cash (2:57.4) and Lauren Walling (3:10.8) taking fifth with a time of 11:57.75. Maddy Cole placed fifth (14-1) in the long jump and sixth (47.06) in the 300m dash. McMasters was seventh (24-10) in the weight throw.

The Homer boys’ and girls’ indoor track and field team will compete in the It’s About Time Invitational in SUNY Cortland’s Lusk Field House Tuesday at 6 p.m.