The Palmyra-Macedon outdoor track and field teams both performed well during the 2013 season. Matt Robbins’ girls team went 23-0 during the regular season, and Marisa Pennetta’s boys went 18-4-1.
“I think a big reason behind the good season is we had a very strong team all over,” Robbins said. “We were able to cover a lot of the events in both field and track.”
Pennetta and Robbins are the Daily Messenger’s 2013 Track Coaches of the Year.
After dominating regular season meets, the Pal-Mac girls went 16-7 at the league championship meet to finish the year with a 39-7 record, good enough for third in the East division.
The Red Raiders 4x400 relay team set a new school record with a time of 4:11.35 at the Marion Invitational. Freshman Shelby Hutton, eighth grader Hollee Graham and seniors Carly Sanford and Allison Phillips beat the old mark by a few seconds.
“I definitely thought we had a chance of breaking the record, but I was surprised by how much we actually broke it by,” said Robbins, a seventh-year coach. “They had a phenomenal race that evening. With relays everybody’s got to be at their best, and they definitely were that day.”
At the Wayne-Finger Lakes championship, freshman Aleece Case took third in long jump, fourth in triple jump and sixth in high jump; Hutton took fifth in the 400 hurdles; freshman Jordan Hurlbut took sixth in the 3,000; Sanford took eighth in 400; freshman Erin Graham took eighth in 3,000; the 4x100 relay took fifth; and the 4x400 and 4x800 both took fourth.
At the Section 5 Class B championships, Phillips took second in the 100 and third in the 200; Sanford took sixth in the 400; Case tied for fourth in high jump and took seventh in triple jump; the 4x100 and 4x400 relays took second; and the girls team placed sixth overall.
The girls 4x100 relay just missed a trip to the state tournament, placing third at the state qualifier — just 0.53 seconds behind the winning team.
The team blended seasoned veterans like Phillips, first-year track athletes like Sanford and plenty of talented underclassmen. Robbins is hoping the young athletes can keep it up next year.
The boys went 18-5 at the Wayne-Finger Lakes League championship meet to finish the year with a 36-9-1 record, good enough for third in the East division.
At the Wayne-Finger Lakes championship, senior Cody Martini won the 3,200; junior Randy Ho took second in the 400 hurdles and fifth in the 110 hurdles; sophomore Travis Mannix took fifth in the 800; junior Corey Hurley took sixth in the 800; junior Josh Thorp took seventh in the 3,000 steeplechase; senior Jude Lester took eighth in the 800; the 4x100 relay took sixth; the 4x400 took third; and the 4x800 team of Mannix, Hurley, George Graham and Nick Macano took first.
Page 2 of 2 - At the Section 5 Class B championships, Martini won the 3,200 title; Lester took eighth in the 1,600; the 4x400 relay took fifth; the 4x800 took second; and the Pal-Mac boys placed ninth as a team.
The 4x800 relay took second at the state qualifier.
“The team remained unified during the entire season, regardless of the outcomes of individual races or events, or even of our overall performance against schools who were not necessarily in our league during the larger invites,” said Pennetta, a first-year varsity coach. “I am very proud of each and every athlete and look forward to having an opportunity to work with them more in the future.”