Rashad Graham, Nick Barlette and Alex Williams were each double winners in leading the Dunkirk Marauders past the Fredonia Hillbillies, 89-48, Wednesday in CCAA Division 1 boys high school track and field.
Graham took first place in the 400-meter run with a time of :53.4 and won the high jump with a leap of 5-feet-10 inches. Meanwhile, Nick Barlette won the 100 (:11.5) and the 200 (:23.6). Williams shined in the field events as he won the discus and the shot put with throws of 108-3 and 40-1, respectively.
"We had a lot of personal bests today in a lot of different events," Dunkirk coach Kurt Warmbrodt said. "That's the big thing. I was happy to see the kids step it up. Fredonia seems to have snuck by us the last few years, but today we had the depth and the speed."
OBSERVER?Photos by Roger Coda
At top left, Dunkirk’s?Rashad Graham takes first place in the high jump. At top right, Fredonia’s Gwen Stokes competes in the 1,600-meter relay.?At bottom right, Pat McCarthy runs to a first-place finish in the hurdles.
The Hillbillies received a double-win performance from Pat McCarthy and Matt Civilette.
McCarthy won the 400 hurdles with a time of 1:00.1 and the 100 hurdles as he crossed the finish line at :16.6. Civilette won the triple jump at 40-5 and the long jump at 18-4.
"I was extremely impressed with Dunkirk," Fredonia coach Bob Ball said. "This is as good a team I have seen from them since I have been in Fredonia. Kurt Warmbrodt works hard in indoor and outdoor with these kids. It's good to see his efforts are paying off. It's good to see him get his due."
Though the two schools are rivals, there is also a lot of mutual respect between the two squads.
"We have used their facility in swimming and track and they have used ours in the past," Ball noted. "We are working together. You can compete hard and want to win, but when it's all said and done, it makes for a better atmosphere when you respect your opponent."
In the girls' meet, Fredonia topped Dunkirk 86-55.
Lauren Reyda led the Lady Hillbillies as she took first in the 800 (2:29.1), 1,500 (5:08.6) and 3,000 (11:41).
"She's a solid performer," Fredonia girls' coach Mike Marshall said. "And we can pretty much count on her performances every meet in those events."
Also for Fredonia, Devin Kowalewski won the 100 hurdles (:13.4) , triple jump (32-1) and long jump (15-0), setting personal records in all three events.
"She was very excited," Marshall said. "She's one of the silent leaders on the team as far as showing the younger athletes the work effort you need to succeed. Another one like that is Ally Cobb."
Cobb won the 400 hurdles (1:12.6) while taking third in the 200.
In the shot put is really where the Lady Hillbillies made their mark as Cassie Pchelka (31-1/2), Emily McKinnon and Courtney Styborski finished 1-2-3.
"My biggest surprise were all of the throwers," Marshall said. "I had three of them have personal records at once and they all threw over 30 feet. That really helped us get the win (Wednesday)."
Styborski finished first in the discus with her throw of 83-2-1/2.
For Dunkirk, Janelle Jasinski was first in the 100 (:13.4), Lisa Dunbar was first in the 400 (1:02.7) and the pole vault (7-0) and Samiyha Toomer was first in the 200 (:28.2).
"We competed as well as we could in the running events, but they pulled away from us in the field events,"?Dunkirk coach?AJ?Burnside said. "I always try to predict outcomes of meets, but this is the time of year where you have surprise efforts and performances. Their team had several personal bests that won them the meet convincingly. We still have one league meet to improve on before we start thinking about counties and sectionals."
Gowanda falls to Southwestern
JAMESTOWN - The Southwestern Lady Trojans ran past the Gowanda Lady Panthers, 103-37, Wednesday in CCAA Division 1 high school track and field.
Gowanda received a strong effort from Colleen Steward who placed first in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:36.5. She was also a member of the 4x800 relay team which placed first with a time of 10:42.4. The team consisted of Sarah Grubbs, Taylor Kickbush, Hunter Samuelson and Steward.
Hannah Brawdy had a season best leap in the triple jump as she placed first at 29-feet-9 inches.
The 4x400 relay team of Grubbs, Samuelson, Brawdy and Kickbush took first place with a time of 4:32.7.
Gowanda returns to action Monday when it hosts Dunkirk.
In the boys' meet, Gowanda (0-3) received first place finishes from Nick Marrocco, Lucas Brawdy and Brennan Geiger in a 78-62 defeat.
Marrocco took first in the 100 (:11.9) and the 200 (:24.6) while Brawdy was a double winner in the 800 (2:08.3) and the high jump (5-4). Geiger took first in the long jump with his leap of 18-5.
"It was a close meet," Gowanda coach Josh West said. "We just couldn't capitalize on the events we needed. We lacked on the throws, which was big for us. It's pretty much the same story as it's been all year ... We do good on the track and bad in the field."
Also for the Panthers, Marrocco, Justin Sowa, Evan Frederickson and Geiger teamed to win the 4x100 relay in a time of 47.4 seconds while Dylan Accordino, Tucker Jamieson, Cole Smith and Corey Wagner took the 4x800 relay in a time of 10:14.