The combined Wayne-Finger Lakes League made for increased competition for area track teams this season. Despite having more teams to go up against, no one could stop the Palmyra-Macedon boys and the Red Jacket girls, who each finished the season with a flawless 52-0 record.



The Indians locked up the West League title and the Red Raiders won the East League title at the Wayne-Finger Lakes League’s Championships Friday at East Rochester. The Pal-Mac girls (49-3) also won an East title and the Marion boys (45-7) won a West title. Williamson’s boys (50-2) and girls (39-12-1) won both Central titles.

The combined Wayne-Finger Lakes League made for increased competition for area track teams this season. Despite having more teams to go up against, no one could stop the Palmyra-Macedon boys and the Red Jacket girls, who each finished the season with a flawless 52-0 record.

The Indians locked up the West League title and the Red Raiders won the East League title at the Wayne-Finger Lakes League’s Championships Friday at East Rochester. The Pal-Mac girls (49-3) also won an East title and the Marion boys (45-7) won a West title. Williamson’s boys (50-2) and girls (39-12-1) won both Central titles.

The distance-running duo of Shealyn Doody and Sarah Coon powered Red Jacket to the win.

“I knew putting them in four events was asking a lot of them, but I knew that they could handle it,” Indians coach Erin Gerbasi said. “They knew exactly what they needed to do, they needed to come in first, second or third and they did that. I’m really proud of them, I couldn’t be happier.”

Coon took first in the 2,000-meter steeplechase (7:19.73), 1,500 (5:05.34) and 800 (2:23.69) and second in the 3,000 (11:10.34). Doody took first in the 3,000 (11:10.06), second in the steeplechase (7:33.21) and 1,500 (5:10.22) and fourth in the 800 (2:33.20).

Teammate Sam Tuefel won the discus (84 feet, 6 inches) and Samantha Turner won the shot put and set a new school record (34-5.5).

“We definitely showed that a small school can defeat larger schools,” Doody said.

“We have like 15 girls and we went against teams with like 40 and we still did really well,” Coon added. “It was a great accomplishment.”

Seth Bailey powered the Pal-Mac boys with wins in the 100 (11.52), 200 (23.26) and high jump (6-2). Teammate Quinton Jones won the 3,000 steeplechase for the Red Raiders (10:23.65) and Rando Ho took first in the 400 hurdles (1:00.32).

“I’m excited for the kids, they’ve worked so hard for this,” Pal-Mac boys coach Dave Bradshaw said. “After the first meet we went undefeated, our goal from there was to see how long we could go undefeated. As the season went along we kept beating teams. Each week it was, ‘Let’s stay undefeated.’ Then it was ‘Get to the last regular season meet undefeated.’ Our goal was to do it again here.”

Allison Phillips turned in a brilliant performance for the Pal-Mac girls team winning the 100 (12.72), 200 (26.04) and anchoring the winning 4x100 relay (51.73). Her 200 time shattered the school record. Valerie VanHoesen, Shelby Hutton and Josie McMullin joined her on the relay.

“Everybody stepped up, it was a team effort,” girls coach Matt Robbins said. “I haven’t seen the final scores, but I think we weren’t separated by very much. It took a whole team effort today.”

The Marion boys only had one individual event winner with Ian Gillens in the
discus (142-8). The Black Knights also claimed the title without their star runner Brandon VanderBrook.

“I was very pleased with my kids’ performances,” Marion coach Bob Goodell said. “Obviously without Brandon VanderBrook the other six boys I did have here performed well enough to keep our Finger Lakes West title alive.”

Other winners included: Marion’s Mackenzie Sturtz in the high jump (5-2), Midlakes’ Kori Hughes in the 400 hurdles (1:09.07), Bloomfield’s Sam Johnsen and Newark’s Kenya Holtboy tied for first in the girls pentathlon (1,722 points), Harley-Allendale Columbia’s Isabel Hirtelen-Booker in the 100 hurdles, Honeoye’s Justin Shaver in the shot put (47-3.75), Penn Yan’s Chris Weeden in the 400 (50.94), Newark’s Jeremy Hassett in the 1,600 (4:37.1) and 800 (1:57.74), East Rochester’s Josh White in the boys pentathlon (2,322), East Rochester’s girls in the 4x400 relay (4:17.84), Newark’s boys in the 4x800 relay (8:44), Lyons’ boys in the 4x400 relay (3:39.24) and Wayne’s girls in the 4x800 relay (10:40).