Mooney sparks Cambridge track to wins
CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- Thursday's track and field meet was first-ever home meet for Cambridge Central School's Durgin McCue, and it will go down as one to remember as McCue helped take four event wins over Berlin to give the Indians a 48-31 win in one of two match-ups on the day. The Cambridge boys fell to Granville 90-22.
"I've never had a home meet in my varsity career. It was really fun for us," McCue said. "It was a new experience, and it really helps runners develop."
And while McCue was helping the boys, Olivia Mooney took first overall in all four of her events to help the girls to the sweep, topping Granville 82-48 and Berlin 108.5-16.5.
Mooney picked up wins in the triple jump, high jump, 200 meters and 4x800 relay.
"This is the first home meet here in a couple years, so it's nice to have that win," Mooney said.
Mooney's brightest moment of the day came in the high jump, where she tied her personal best by clearing 5 feet, 2 inches.
"It was really nice [to tie PR], it means I can do it again," Mooney said. "I've done it twice, so it's good. Hopefully I can improve next time."
In the 4x400, Olivia was the anchor leg on a team that consisted of sister Helen Mooney, Bobbi-Anna Skinner and Abby Tironi.
"We haven't gotten to work together a ton because of injury and illness, but we are getting together and working really hard," Olivia Mooney said. "We really hope that we can PR again this year and do as best as we can."
Skinner took first overall in the 400 hurdles, running it in one minute, 16.6 seconds, and finished second in the high jump. Lila Nolan was first in the 800, running a 2:42 and Elianna Bodnar took first in the 1,500 in 6:08. Danielle Bovie was the only runner in the 3,000, bringing home another top finish for Cambridge. The Indians also fielded the only 4x800 team for another event win. Maria Hughes finished second in the 100-hurdles and the 400 hurdles, while the 4x100 team took second, 0.4 seconds behind Granville, and Stephanie Saddlemire took second in the 100.
McCue was one of four boys that competed for Cambridge in the meet, and ran a 5:06 in the 1,600 for first and 2:23 in the 800 for another top finish.
"I didn't set any PRs, but it was nice knowing that we could come into this home meet and do really well," McCue said.
Sheperd Gordon took the other first overall finish for Cambridge, setting a personal record in the 400 in 58.7 seconds. Gordon also took fourth in the long jump and fifth in the 100. Tyler Linendoll took third overall in the long jump. Sullivan Gordon finished second overall in the 1,600 and fourth in the high jump and 400.
In the other dual meet on Thursday, Granville topped Berlin 77-19 for the girls and 87-22 for the boys.
Cambridge returns to the track on May 6 at Stillwater.
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