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---Wildcat XC Greats #1---

liz     laura

Wildcat Excellence: Elizabeth McMahon(2007) and Laura Leff(2014) earned 9 state championship individual qualifications combined, Elizabeth with 4 and Laura 5, records unmatched since. They also shared 8 NYS Federations individual qualifications, with Laura garnering 5. At 'states,' Laura medaled 4 times, with 2011 2nd place finishes at both states and Federations. Laura medaled all five of her Federation races. In her 2005 state championship, Elizabeth medaled with a 9th place, and she was also twice the Section III champion in 2005 and 2006. In the height of F-M national dominance, individual sectional championships eluded Laura, but she still holds a special distinction. After qualifying for the Footlocker National Championship in 2011, Laura travelled to San Diego's Balboa Park, where she powered to a stunning 3rd place national finish. In a Section III that boasts top state/national runners and teams(including Olympians), her All-American effort remains the highest Section III Footlocker finish. Both Elizabeth and Laura were also national top-10 steeplechasers in outdoor track, and Laura was the National Freshman Mile Champion in Indoor Track. Fierce competitors both, they set Wildcat standards for future runners to match.

---Summer Work---


July 1: Effort and investment are often hard to quantify, but most coaches will insist that they know both when they see it. Libby and others have begun the speed-side summer investments that will create successful Fall XC seasons. The CMS trails have mostly emerged from a wet spring intact--just when needed.

---The Longest Season---

boys  girls

June 19: Cross-Country done right begins on the tail end of spring, soldiers through the heat and dust of summer and finds home in the cooling breezes and changing colors of autumn. The first snows of the winter ahead often visit briefly before it's all over. There's nothing like cross-country for breathe and depth. It's where middle-distance runners create the foundational fitness they will need for the entire running year ahead. With a visit from previous Coach Delsole, Wildcats XC team members began their multi-season journey with the start of a 5k-pace interval progression that will stretch into October. Off to a good start.....


---Last Wildcat Standing---


June 14: 8th grader Peter McMahon(blue top/dark shorts) closed out the 2018-19 West Genesee athletic year with his strong effort in track and field's National Middle School Mile at Aggie Stadium in Greensboro, N.C. Though boxed in for several laps, Peter placed 23rd in the national field of 48 runners and was the 2nd fastest New Yorker in the race. He also finishes the season with the 2nd fastest 8th grade mile time in the state, so his freshman year will be exciting.

---Season's End---


Good Athletes/Good People: The team had to wait two days, but their postponed Team Picnic ended the season in sunshine and warm temperatures--what they received too little of this wet spring. Team Awards: Impact Rookie--Abby Cooper; Most Improved Athlete--Lauren Puchta; Hammer Award--Haylee McCauliffe; Most Valuable Athlete--Abby Kuppinger & Caitlin Mills. With all their regular meet scorers returning next spring, the 2020 edition of Wildcats Outdoor Track will be an exciting one.




---Last Laps---


May 31: Twelve Wildcats were qualified in four individual events and all three relays for the State Qualifier Meet at CNS as May gave way to June. Though none earned trips to the State Championship, the efforts were solid and ended a season of accomplishment. The 4x100 relay of Natalie Keiling, Sandy Gardino, Olivia Becker and Caitlin Mills closed out with a 2019 best in that event. Significant improvements by a number of the athletes this spring, coupled with the fact that all top performers return next year, bodes well for the future of Wildcats Track & Field. The lone Wildcat still in meet-mode is eight grader Peter McMahon, who will compete in the National Middle School Mile on June 14th in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Olivia   Cooper



May 22: The end of the 'team season' at the Section III Championship provided at least one fitting reward: excellent meet weather. The Wildcats did what they have done all season--put their heads down and go at their events with everything they had. They managed a 7th place sectional finish, but proved again their best trait: perseverance. Two athletes and one relay earned trips to the 5/31 State Qualifier meet with personal and seasonal bests, joining two other relays and individuals already qualified. Twelve Wildcats now advance.

Mickey       alana


---Act III - Last Lights---


May 10 - Their last evening invitational was their longest. A surge of team entries for the Arcaro Invitational swelled event numbers and guarenteed stadium lights would illuminate a significant portion of the meet. With a percent of their team members engaged in other special school functions, the Wildcats shuffled the line-ups in some events. Windy and cooler-than-expected conditions made PR's rare, but the experiences were valuable. The team now moves into its championship season next week.





---Well Deserved---


May 8: Sunshine, warm temperatures, moderate breezes, pleasing city views--finally the Wildcats enjoyed the dual meet day they'd waited for all season. They used all of it to their advantage as they won 16 of 17 track and field events to best Henninger and finish with a well-earned 5 - 3 league record. Tandem efforts worked for the distance runners, as close 1-2 finishes in the 1500m by Lauren Puchta and Alana Eastman and in the 800m by Natalie Buckout and Libby Morey(below) produced four sectional championship standards. All three relays captured their events, Phoebe Anderson won the LJ with her best leap of the season, and in her first-ever 400IH, Abby Kuppinger took the win with the 8th best time this season in the league. The team now gets smaller as the designated championship squad continues in preparation for the Arcaro Invitational on Friday and next Thursday's SCAC Championship at Liverpool.





---Act II---


May 5: In their second of three consecutive Friday night invitationals, temperatures increased and the rate of percipitation dimished at the ESM Invitational, a girls-only meet. With manageable breezes, the Wildcats took advantage. Many notched seasonal bests and some all-time PR's. The 4x800 of Natalie Buckhout, Faith Knox, Lauren Puchta and Mia Mitchell powered away from the field in their final two legs to capture first and an important State Qualifier Standard.  The 4x400 closed out the evening under the lights with a third place and a seasonal best. The 'cats now move into their final week of league competition and invitationals.

alana   tent



---And the lights came on again---


May 1: Following a unique Senior Day ceremony shared by three teams, departing teammates Mia Sveen, Julia Soper, Presley Sheley, Emma Lounsbery and Taryn Williams got down to business with the rest of the Wildcats in a double-dual meet against host CNS and Nottingham. Two thirds into the late 3000m event, Natalie Buckhout was sitting on the shoulder of her CNS competitor, locked in a good battle. She made the decision to go. That decision paid off as she powered away to victory, with teammate Alana Eastman racing a full minute off a previous PR to take third. Other 'cats took firsts--Caitlin Mills(100m), Sandy Gardino(200m), Vivian Youmans(Discus), 4x100 relay--but the superior depth of the CNS squad led them over the Wildcats. The team did out perform their Nottingham competitors to earn a split for the day and a 4-3 mark on the season with one league meet to go. First up, however, will be the 5/3 EMS Invitational. The forecast calls for rain.




---Monsoon Memories---


April 26: The Chittenango Invitational started cloudy and blustery. Boys team members bolstered the team tent for expected high winds. Then they came. Rain began to sweep in, at times torrents of rain. Athletes contested some events in sideways rain. The pole vault and high jump events were cancelled--too risky. The officials moved the events along as quickly as possible, and the Wildcats and others persevered as the stadium lights came on and the rain continued and temperatures began to fall. Through it all, a number of 'cats were able to register personal or seasonal records. Natalie Buckhout, Faith Knox and Matt Bartolotta competed in their Fleet Feet Mile events. Toward the end, some teams left early. In the Wildcat's final event, the 4x400 relay, they won while the boys squad broke down the soggy team tent. Dry, warm buses were their final reward of the day.

 tent     olivia



---Back to 'normal'---


April 24: The day after warm spring breezes and a mild practice day, the Wildcats bused to Baldwinsville for a double-dual meet with the 'Bees' and F-M. Of course, the weather had turned, with temperatures dropping back into the mid-40's and near constant cloud-cover. The sky did clear slightly just before sunset as the stadium lights came on and the girls squad finished up a split, besting their hosts for an important seasonal victory but falling to F-M. Mikeayla DeJesus and Abby Kuppinger(above) contributed a critical 1-2 finish in the 400m. Next up is Friday's Chittenango Invitational, another meet likely to end 'under the lights.'   

---Picture-Perfect Meet Day---


April 17, 2019: As far as upstate April days go, this couldn't get much better. Select Wildcats took the short bus ride to Westhill for their annual spring break invitational, a meet with no team scoring so athletes could focus on their performances. The 'cats enjoyed a number of personal and/or seasonal bests and also met sectional championship standards. Caitlin Mills had an impressive day, winning both the 100m and 200m events with top sectional times and already meeting the State Qualifier standard in the 100m. Next up will be a tough 4/24 double-dual meet against Baldwinsvill and Fayetteville-Manlius.

olivia   1500

---Avoiding April Showers---


April 10:  The Wildcats second meet of the season was not much warmer than the first--but at least the sun shone for the 'cats and their Liverpool and Corcoran competitors.  The West Genesee boys and girls squads gained splits, pushing past Corcoran but being bested by strong Liverpool squads. Both teams will look forward to warmer weather at next week's Westhill Invitational.

LJ   beck

---Cold Laps & Photographs--


April 3:  The 55 and sunny weather forecast earlier in the week faded right into the Wildcat's Wednesday opening dual meet against Auburn. There were even snowflakes in the air prior to the 4:30pm start, but the athletes contended most with dropping temperatures and gusty winds. No fun. Both boys and girls teams, however, got the job done with convincing victories. And with team pictures completed earlier, it was a successful day. Warmer weather wouldn't hurt, however.



---8th Annual Shovels 'n Shine Scrimmage--


March 28: The Wildcats, partnering with the boys and girls athletes and coaches of Skaneateles, Tully and Westhill, staged a 'mini-invitational' scrimmage to kick of the 2019 season. With an abbreviated schedule of events and assisted by the quick starting of former WG coach Lou Delsole, the meet went off without a hitch, suffered no rain and was completed in two hours, a record of sorts. The veterans used the opportunity to shake off the rust and obtain event 'markers' for the season ahead. The neophytes were able to learn the ropes of competing.  

---The Ides of March--


March 15: The early Shovel Day gamble paid off. Following Tuesday's work, the Wildcats enjoyed warming temperatures and track-training days. The final work session of an excellent 2nd week found sprinters and distance accumulating laps. Sprinters worked on 200m repeats and ladders. The distance crew went at four sets of Step-Up 400's, pre-fatigued from two previous quality-day efforts that week. It was a guts-n-go type of challenge, one that left them eagerly anticipating a recovery Saturday.

sprinters  distance


---Shovel Day & Prom Proposals--


March 12: The Wildcats are pushing the envelop this season. Banking on improving weather and light remaining snowfalls, the track was dispatched of its winter garb in short order, and at least one person said "yes" to April's Junior Prom.

turn 1      pat

---Grunt Monday on 'The Rise'--


March 11: It's just a grind, but basic fitness building is critical for seasonal success. The distance runners know that and get about March business with a volume workout of repeat 200's on their tilted training ground in the neighborhood.


---Monte Vista--


March 8: For the distance runners, nothing says March Outdoor Track  better than time(and cold sweat) on the up-and-around's of Monte Vista. Moderate-length intervals + hills + slower paces = strength-building for the track speeds ahead. And with afternoon temperatures finally in the low 30's, it was actually possible to think spring.                    

Alumni News:

May 8, 2019: 2017 alumnus Betty Jones, now competing at Daemon College, was designated ECC All-Conference 2nd Team in the Hammer Throw. A walk-on her freshman year, she has also been offered a track & field partial scholarhip.

May 4, 2019: In only her 2nd track 10K, Maria Matkoski(Ithaca College) clocks 39:41.75 at the Liberty League Championships to qualify for Regionals. Meanwhile, at the MAAC Championships, Emily Young drops a Quinnipiac top-ten time in the 1500m preliminaries (4:36.82) at the MAAC Championships to qualify for the finals.  

'Home Work'(3/9/19): Wildcat alumni runners were around during their March break for the 14th annual Tipperary Hill Shamrock 4 Mile race. Sean Byrnes(2018) went 2nd in his 15-19 age group, as did Jack Erhard(2014) in his 20-24 age group. Amanda Lowther(2017) raced to 1st place in her 15-19 age group for females. They were joined by current Wildcats Lauran Puchta, Abby Kuppinger and Collin Bittel.

Fast Time: WG 2018 alumnus Emily Young, racing for Quinnipiac's 4x800 relay at the ECAC/ICAAAA Indoor T&F Championship in Boston, donated a fast 2:14.24 split as her relay placed 5th to qualify for the finals. In the championship final, Emily raced a 2nd fast leg in 2:14.81 as the relay upped its game and placed 2nd with an impressive 8:56.10 clocking.

Where Are They?: The list of Wildcat alumni competing successfully on the college level is a distinguised one. Fredonia - Griffin Dombroske/Tony Gettino/Ryan Dunning; Binghamton University - David Leff; Canisius - Carly Benson; Quinnepiac - Emily Young; Worchester Polytechnic Institute - Amanda Lowther; Oswego - Nate Couse; Ithaca College - Maria Matkoski; LeMoyne College - Paul Stannard/Val Piro/Sean Beney(Grad Assistant Coach); Siena College - Will Randall

Record Set: WG 2018 alumnus Emily Young placed 6th in the 2/16-17 MAAC Championship at the NYC Armory T&F Center. Emily's 2:15.52 was a new Quinnipiac University freshman record and helped the team to a 4th place team finish. She also raced the team's 4x800 relay, which placed 2nd.

Dropping In: WG 2018 alumni Emily Young, Adam Martin and Katie Graziano stopped in at the 12/15 Jensen Relays to say hello to teammates and cheer on the teams.  Emily has rebounded from a cross-country injury and beginning the indoor season at Quinnapiac, where she's majoring in nursing.  Katie's freshman year at Immaculata University in Philadelphia has so far included racing her first-ever cross-country season, where she's been a team top-5 performer. Adam is in his first year at OCC.



Wildcat XC Alumni Will Randall, a Siena Senior, earned All-Region honors for his finish at the 2018 NCAA Northeast Cross-Country Regional in Buffalo, NY.