OBSERVER Staff Report
The Dunkirk Marauders had a very fine performance Friday at Fredonia State in the small school division.
In the girls shot put, Ashley Rojas and Amancia Viera placed third with a combined throw of 48-feet-10 inches while in the pole vault, Lisa Dunbar placed fourth as she sailed 7-6. In the triple jump, Amanda Michalski and Samantha Hemenger teamed up to place fourth at 55-11. In the mixed sprint medley relay, Kyle Bentley, Julia Fred, Jordan Salgado and Calan Pogorzelski placed fourth with a time of 5:02.4 while in the 4x800 relay, Victoria Wells, Natalie Nytz, Fred and Emilee Hanlon placed fifth with a time of 13:15.3.
Meanwhile, in the 55-meter hurdles, Michalski and Katie Promber took sixth with a time of :22.95. In the distance medley relay, Bentley, Julie Paredes, Promber and Hannah McCrady took sixth, as they crossed the finish line in 19:15.1. In the 4x200 relay, Pogorzelski, Hemenger, Michalski and Hanlon also took sixth with a time of 2:10.1.
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It was by far the best turnout for the girls squad, and coach Kurt Warmbrodt was quick to credit assistant coach Ginny Michaels.
"I have to give praise my assistant coach Ginny Michaels," he said. "I think it makes a big difference to have a female assistant. I have always had male assistants. Now, having a female, it makes quite a difference. This is by far a much bigger turnout on the girls side than I have had in quiet a few years - the raw number and the talent of that raw number. "
In the boys 1,600, Ethan Francis and Ray Tarnowski combined to take third, finishing in 10:32.6. In the sprint medley relay, Kevin Morales, Verek Nixon, Nick Barlette and Javier Soto took third with a time of 4:09.1. Meanwhile, in the double one-lap relay, Nick Stolinski, Morales, Nixon and Barlette took third at 2:57.2. In the shot put, Alex Williams and Barlette combined for a throw of 73-5, good for fourth. In the distance medley relay, Francis, Tim Cerrie, Tarnowski and Soto placed fifth with a time of 12:16.1.
In the 4x800 relay, Tom Logan, Nelmy Robles, Chris Michalski and Marco Vega placed fifth with a time of 11:17.7. Cerrie took sixth in the pole vault with a leap of 8-6. In the 4x200 relay, Stephan Borrero, Logan, Tarnowski and Ben Tarnowski placed sixth with a time of 4:34.1. In the 4x200 relay, Stolinski, Richard Santiago, Cerrie and Robles also placed sixth, finishing the event in 1:55.7.
"It was an unbelievable turnout," Warmbrodt said. "They ran hard and worked hard. It was a great team effort."