Next Outdoor Track Competition: Westhill Invitational, April 17th, WGHS, 1:00pm

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---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.

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---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.

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---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.

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---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:

'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.