John McGee’s Lady Garnets nipped their Harrison counterparts at the wire April 11 at home, taking a 71-69 decision on the strength of wins in the three distance races and a strong showing in the jumping events.
Lizzy Bennett, Ellie Friedman, and Alison McKay led the way with individual wins from 800-3000 meters. Then they joined with Celia Palmer to take the 3200-meter relay in 10 minute and 33 seconds. Meanwhile, Lindsey Clark easily took both the long and triple jumps. The victory pushed Rye’s record to 3-0.
The boys fared less well in their half of the meet, dropping a 77-64 decision. As expected, defending Class B champion Harrison was dominant in the sprints, taking 17 of a possible 18 points in the 100 and 200, and adding the 400-meter relay into the bargain.
Rye again stepped up in the middle distances, sweeping every race longer than a lap. Individually, Tom Mayo-Smith, Taylor Love, and Tyler Breckenridge showed their heels to the Huskies. Then Mayo-Smith and Love hooked up with Henry Gager and Aaron Natthias in the 1600, and Chris McGuinness and Gager to take the longer relay.
Scott Hanley doubled in the weights for Rye, as did Dave Mangum in the long and high jumps. Natthias came back to outdistance everyone the triple jump. Harrison’s strength in the hurdles and pole vault put them over the top, dropping the Garnets to 1-2 on the season.
Afterwards, head coach Jim Yedowitz noted, “Our focus was to compete hard against Harrison, to see how we match up and determine how good we are. It was close, and that gave my team confidence that we, too, may be a team to reckon with in the near future.”
— Mitch Silver