OBSERVER Staff Report
YORKSHIRE - The final chapter in the careers of Fredonia seniors Jacob Brown and Pat McCarthy took vastly different turns at the Section 6 Outdoor Track and Field Championships Saturday at Pioneer High School.
McCarthy entered the day as the top seed in the 400-meter hurdles after he recorded the best time Friday afternoon. He kept a similar pace in the final until he made contact with the seventh hurdle and ended his career with an eighth-place finish. Even though his fate wasn't in doubt, McCarthy got up and finished the race to an applause.
"I'm most proud of Pat," Fredonia boys' coach Bob Ball said. "He crashed pretty hard into Hurdle No. 7. To finish the race says a lot about his character. It's tough when you're seeded first. He finished the race pretty banged up, but I was pleased with him.
"He was pretty disappointed once he crossed the finish line," Ball continued. "I just told him he could be disappointed, but he shouldn't be disappointed with himself. He approached today's race well and set himself up well at the first race. He was running a great race. He hit the curve and that's where the problem came."
Meanwhile, Brown - the No. 16 and final seed in the 1,600 - finished ninth in a time of 4:49.78 and finished just short of a personal best.
"He wanted to get his best time of the year," Ball said. "He ran a smart race and kept with the pace and was able to pass four or five kids in the last lap and a half. I think he had a great performance.
"I'm very thankful to Pat McCarthy and Jacob Brown for what they brought to the program," Ball said of his two seniors. "I think they both did the best they could today. They left it all on the track."
Matt Civilette followed up Friday's Sectional title in the triple jump with an 11th-place finish in the long jump (19-10 3/4) Saturday. Next up for Civilette is a trip to Middletown, N.Y. for the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) Division II meet.
"He still jumped fairly well (Saturday) with the wind," Ball said. "Legs were a little tight today. The fact that Matt will move on in the triple jump is good for the track program and good for Matt to gain more experience at the top level."
Also on the boys' side, the Dunkirk Marauder effort was paced by Nick Barlette's third-place finish in the 100 (:11.68). Barlette then joined Rashad Graham, Verek Nixon and Kevin Morales for a sixth-place finish in a time of :45.44. Graham took fourth in the high jump (5-10) and finished eighth in the 400 (:54.36).
Morales, Javier Soto, Ray Tarnowski and Ethan Francis took seventh in the 4x800 relay in a time of 8:29.50 and slashed 10 seconds off their previous season-best time.
"The 4x800 probably had the best time and best effort of the day," Dunkirk boys coach Kurt Warmbrodt said. "It was a great accomplishment. All four of them had personal bests today. They were very happy."
Saturday capped the careers of seniors Nixon and Morales as members of the Marauders.
"They're good quality individuals and hard workers," Warmbrodt said.
According to Warmbrodt, runners ran into the wind during the 100 and caused the pace to slow.
"It was hot, it was windy," Warmbrodt said.
Silver Creek's afternoon was led by a fourth-place finish by Tyler Bain in the 200 (:23.39) and a third-place result by Caleb Makuch in the 400 hurdles (:59.00). Bain also finished sixth in the high jump.
Gowanda's Kevin Fredrickson finished fourth in the 400 hurdles (:59.36) while Brennan Geiger finished ninth in the long jump. The team of Ben Myzel, Lucas Brawdy, Geiger and Fredrickson took eighth in the 4x400 (3:37.87).
Westfield's Jordan Imm finished ninth in the high jump (5-8).
On the girls' side, Fredonia's Ally Cobb, seeded 12th in the 400 hurdles heading into the weekend, managed to advance to the final and finish fifth with a time of 1:08.62.
"It was nice to see her succeed," Fredonia girls track coach Mike Marshall said.
Freshman Gwen Stokes dropped her personal best by 10 seconds in the 2,000 steeplechase as she finished 10th in a time of 8:12.29 while senior Nicole Woleben ended her career in a tie for 12th place in the long jump (15-2.5). Devin Kowalewski finished 15th in the triple jump (32-4.5) Friday.
"Even though it wasn't a personal record, it was still in the top of her game as far as the distance jumped," Marshall said of Kowalewski's effort.
"In the heat, everybody had to put up with it," Marshall continued in evaluating his team's performance. "I was glad with how the girls performed. I'm happy with what they did. With such a young team - Gwen's a freshman, Lauren's a sophomore and the other girls are juniors - I look for them to come back strong."
The Dunkirk Lady Marauders were led by senior Janelle Jasinski's runner-up finish in the pentathlon with 2,518 points, breaking Justina Barone's school record of 2,514 points set in 1999. Jasinski ran the 800 leg of the event in a time of 2:39.8 and shattered her previous best by almost 15 seconds. According to Dunkirk girls coach AJ Burnside, Jasinski was within 0.3 seconds of losing the all-time mark.
"It was a storybook ending for Janelle," Burnside said. "She knew exactly what she had to run and she ran it. We knew it was close with our own stopwatch, but we didn't want to get too excited until it was official. I had the referee show her the print-out of her score and she immediately started to cry."
Rachel Rosas set a personal best in the 1,500 with a time of 5:07.15, good enough for 13th place. Senior Lisa Dunbar took 15th in the pole vault while Calan Pogorzelski set a career mark in the 2,000 steeplechase (8:13.66) in an 11th-place finish. Amanda Michalski took 13th in the triple jump with a distance of 32-6 1/2.
The team of Dunbar, Samantha Hemenger, Savia Moreland and Pogorzelski took 12th in the 4x100 relay in a time of 53.05.
Dunbar and Jasinski wrapped their careers up at Sectionals.
"I've coached Lisa and Janelle for five years now," Burnside said. "There is no way to simply replace those two athletes on my team next year. All I can hope is that my younger athletes saw something in Janelle and Lisa that they want to emulate."
For Westfield, the 4x400 team of Brenna Culbreth, Ashley Lancaster, Maddison Knapp and Molly Laurie finished eighth in a time of 5:25.48. The run broke the school record set last week at the CCAA Championships in Olean, one which had previously stood since 1992.
The career of Miranda Warner as a member of the Lady Wolverines ended prematurely after a knee injury prevented her from competing in the high jump. Warner was one of five jumpers to become a top seed after clearing 5-2 during the season.
Hannah Seiders led Silver Creek with a third-place finish in the 400 hurdles (1:06.37).
Gowanda's Colleen Steward took ninth in the 800 in a time of 2:26.20 while Hunter Samuelson finished eighth in the 2,000 steeplechase and Kelsey Eddy 16th in the pentathlon (1,623 points). The team of Hannah Brawdy, Sarah Grubbs, Taylor Kickbush and Samuelson finished 11th in the 4x400 (4:26.90) while Grubbs, Kickbush, Samuelson and Steward finished sixth in the 4x800 (10.18.89).