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AUBURN — Between the weather and the competition itself, Auburn High’s only home track meet had a chaotic feel.

Despite the cool temperatures and troublesome wind, it was another opportunity for the Maroons athletes to score a few victories or better previous highs.

While final scores weren’t available, Auburn posted multiple first-place finishes in a triple-meeting against Fowler and Fulton on Wednesday at Auburn High School.

According to Maroons coach Dan Butler, great mental toughness was on display.

“When the elements are against you, it’s easy to say you can do this or you can’t do that,” Butler said. “To endure and have the competitiveness where you’re fighting, that’s a good thing with this program. We have so many kids who are like that. They’re mentally tough, and they’re there to win and compete.”

On the boys’ side, Chris Howard won two distance events with the fastest times in the 800m (2:02.49) and 3200m (10:22.14).

James Cuddy added to the long distance success, as he finished the 1600m race in 4:55.53.

Sean Ringwood, Ryan Maher, Howard and Keegan Brady secured Auburn’s only relay win on the boys’ side. The team finished the 4x800m relay in 9:58.43.

On the girls’ side, Bethany Lorenzo won the 1500m (5:22.76) and Ali Pineau won the 3000m (10:50.12).

Senior Bryn Whitman continued her discus dominance with a 116-foot throw. Whitman was the only girl to eclipse 90 feet in this event.

The Auburn girls also won a relay. Lorenzo, Pineau, Sara Alberici and Colleen Reilly won gold in the 4x800m (12:10.21).

With Whitman and Dustin Swartwood among the New York Center’s top pitchers and several talented runners, Auburn knows where it stands for several events as the playoffs quickly approach.

Butler is also excited about what some of his young riders are capable of, even though their performances fell short of first place on Wednesday.

“We have state-level pitchers on the boys’ and girls’ sides, as well as state-level distance runners,” Butler said. “Our sprinters are developing. We have a lot of young sprinters, and they do a great job of PR throughout the year. They are improving every day and working hard.

“We have top athletes in different facets of athletics, so that’s exciting.”

Wednesday was Auburn’s only opportunity of the season to strut in front of a home crowd. The Maroons conclude the season with meetings next Wednesday in Central Square and the following Friday in Baldwinsville.

Then the playoffs begin. Auburn will play in the Salt City Athletic Conference on May 19. Class A sections of Section III will follow on May 27 at East Syracuse Minoa.

These last two meetings will provide the last opportunity for many Maroons to extend their season.

Auburn next hopes to have representatives at the State Quals on June 2 and the New York State Championships on June 10-11. Both of these meetings will take place in Cicero-North Syracuse.

As the calendar turns to May and the season reaches its stretch, some athletes will begin to part ways. For Auburn’s coaches, whether or not it’s an athlete with playoff aspirations or not, continued improvement will mark a successful season for many.

“We’re training for the end of the year, to be the best we can be in leagues and sections,” Butler said. “Different people have different goals and objectives. Some of the most elite athletes focus on the last two or three competitions of the year and the training relates to that. level, but want to have PR by the end of the year because it shows they are improving. They don’t want to be at their best by the end of April and burn out by May.

“It’s a constant improvement. They’re doing a great job.”

Denise W. Whigham