Gostomski Sisters Take 800M, 3,000M; Johnson Sets C/S/P Record
When the Division 2 girls 3,000 meters was complete late Friday afternoon, winner Bailey Gostomski took a few minutes to congratulate her fellow competitors and catch her breath before greeting her family and friends who were waiting for her behind a fence at Strider Field.
There was very little celebration, though.
Then again, Bailey and her sister, Abby, are pretty accustomed to crossing the finish line before anyone else anyway.
Bailey’s time in the 3,000 was 10:31.03, less than a second head of Holland’s Riley Jones (10:31.97), in the next-to-last event of the Section VI Track & Field Championship/State Meet Qualifier, capping a special day for the twins on a sun-splashed afternoon.
“It means a lot,” Bailey said, “because a lot of people didn’t know a lot about Cattaraugus-Little Valley and now everyone is starting to know us now.”
While Bailey captured the 3,000, Abby (2:17.08) posted a narrow win over Molly McLaughlin of East Aurora (2:17.27) in the Division 2 800 meters earlier in the day, meaning the sisters have punched their ticket to next weekend’s New York State Public High School Athletic Association Championships at Union-Endicott High School.
“I’m on top of the world,” Cattaraugus-Little Valley girls coach Katie Scott said. “They played it smart. They both had good competitors in each event and they kind of stuck right behind. They just have an awesome kick and they got them at the end.”
That sets up an opportunity today for the sisters to make it two victories apiece. Abby is the top seed in the 2,000-meter steeplechase by a pretty wide margin, while Bailey holds down the top spot in the 1,500 meters with Jones a close second.
“One of the things that is definitely a benefit is that we’re in a small school so they are our points winners at all of my individual meets,” Scott said. “They are the best long-distance runners, they are my best jumpers, they are my best sprinters. I try and switch up their events so they are doing long distances, but they are also doing these other things so when we get to meets like this they can catch those people at the end because they’ve had the training.”
Other area athletes who had a nice first day on Western New York’s biggest stage were Justin Svetz and Nicole Johnson, both of Clymer/Sherman/Panama, and Carson Crist of Maple Grove.
Svetz placed first in the shot (38-11), third in the high jump (5-5) and fourth in the 110-meter high hurdles (17:04) in the Division 2 pentathlon. Crist, meanwhile, claimed a first place in the 110 hurdles (16.35) and tied with Svetz in the high jump in the pentathlon; and Johnson set a new program record with a second-place finish in the Division 2 girls discus with a throw of 107 feet.
“It was a little rough in the beginning, because I faulted twice, but I just cleared my head and threw the next one,” Johnson said.
And now she’s in the Wolfpack’s record book.
Also placing second were a pair of Fredonia athletes. Diego Rey posted a time of 2:00.70 in the Division 2 800 and Mike Meredith tossed the shot 37-5.75 in Division 2 pentathlon competition.
After Friday’s preliminaries, Southwestern’s Jake Thorp is first in the Division 2 boys 400 hurdles (58.61) and Emma Seiders of Silver Creek is first in the Division 2 girls 400 (58.03), just ahead of Maple Grove’s Caroline Walter (58.45).
Also in second place after the prelims are Jamestown’s Division 1 girls 400 relay, which is comprised of Zakya Slaughter, Orianne Simon, Allison Stockwell and Taylor Brightman with a time of 51.15; Walter in the Division 2 400 (58.45); Cattaraugus-Little Valley’s Kellen Martin in the Division 2 400 hurdles (59.47); and Fredonia’s Lydia Lanski in the Division 2 100 hurdles (16:01). Josh Walsh of Chautauqua Lake is third in the Division 2 100 meters after the prelims with a time of 11.26.
Action continues today beginning at noon, back at Strider Field.
NOTES: Cattaraugus-Little Valley’s Martin placed third in the Division 2 boys triple jump (41-2.5); Faith Rivera of Dunkirk finished third in the Division 2 high jump portion of the girls pentathlon (4-9.75); and Jeremy Bush of Jamestown was fourth in the Division 1 shot put (49-10.5). … Maple Grove’s Christina Peppy finished third in the 3,000 (10:49.47) and Randolph’s Matt Evans placed third in the 3,200 (10:02.83).
800m: Chris Nowak (Sweet Home), Connor Doran (Lockport), Ben Szymanski (Frontier), Jack Strobel (Lockport), Cameron Carver (Amherst). T — 1:54.46.
3,200m: Cal Puskar (Orchard Park), Tommy Flannery (Orchard Park), Ray Sambrotto (West Seneca East), Ryan Buzby (Grand Island), David Bergamasco (Williamsville South). T — 9:36.39.
Triple jump: Daniel Sudyn (West Seneca West), Tavon Chambers (Lockport), Chris Caudle (Hutch Tech), Alex Andrzejewski (Hamburg), Kenny Boone (Amherst). D — 42-9.75.
Pole vault: Anton Kunnas (North Tonawanda), Zac Chazen (Williamsville North), Dontay Gill (Lockport), Mark Cye (Lockport), Kegan Mancabelli (Orchard Park). H — 15-3.
Shot put: Jon Surdej (Lancaster), Paul Kemsley (Lancaster), Mark Thomas (Williamsville South), Jeremy Bush (Jamestown), Mike Parisse (Starpoint). D — 54-2.
800m: Trey Rees (Wilson), Diego Rey (Fredonia), Jard Fuss (Pioneer), Nelson Estrada-Cruz (Dunkirk), Collin McCabe (Newfane). T — 1:56.39.
3,200m: Ian Russ (East Aurora), Andrew Perrault (Lewiston-Porter), Matt Evans (Randolph), Samuel Auernhamer (Newfane), Dagon Bryant (Southwestern). T — 9:38.36.
Triple jump: Shevaughn Allen (JFK), Andrew Boudeman (Newfane), Kellen Martin (Cattaraugus-Little Valley), Kyle Krzanowicz (Cheektowaga), Lake Sivak (Southwestern). D — 45-6.50.
Pole vault: Mark Coder (Wilson), Andrew Reichert (Cheektowaga), Hayden Conroy (Franklinville), Brandan Siwa (Pioneer), Brad Benson (Maple Grove). H — 12-6.
Shot put: Art Jordan (Cheektowaga), Sean Mcgee (JFK), Dylan Perlino (Holland), Patrick Wlash (Allegany-Limestone), Matthew Waugh (Portville). D — 49-9.75.
800m: Anna Rybczynski (West Seneca West), Kathryn Blair (Iroquois), Leah Wardner (Orchard Park), Amberlee Robertson (Williamsville South), Rachel Zielinski (Hamburg). T — 2:15.07.
3,000m: Katrina Patterson (Clarence), Rachael Major (Orchard Park), Sydney Nowicki (Lockport), Lily Hayes (Sweet Home), Emma Larkman (West Seneca West). T — 10:28.15.
Long jump: Sara Puskar (Orchard Park), Morgan Halt (Amherst), Jamillyah Mallory (Amherst), Jessica Dunlap (Lake Shore), Christina Wende (Kenmore West). D — 17-4.25.
Discus: Brianna McKenzie (Lancaster), Peyton Hillis (Orchard Park), Tirzah Peters (Sweet Home), Rachel Donnor (Iroquois), Erin Lippa (Williamsville North). D — 132-09.
800m: Abby Gostomski (Cattaraugus-Little Valley), Molly McLaughlin (East Aurora), Megan McLaughlin (East Aurora), Martha Gardner (Medina/Lyndonville), Erin Murray (Holland). T — 2:17.08.
3,000m: Bailey Gostomski (Cattaraugus-Little Valley), Riley Jones (Holland), Christina Peppy (Maple Grove), Maisy Webster (East Aurora), Sonya Krezmien (Springville). T — 10:31.03.
Long jump: Chanyce Powell (Albion), Samantha Spinella (Depew), Aaliyah Blanks (Olmsted), Skylar Munnikhyusen (Wilson), Leah Czechowski (Akron). D — 17-8.75.
Discus: Maryam Akaic (Tapestry), Nicole Johnson (Clymer/Sherman/Panama), Jaelah George (Maryvale), Amber Morrison (Falc/CV), Elizabeth Izydorczak (Holland). D — 113-0.