‘Fun To Watch’
Despite The Weather, Results Impressive At?Strider
Two things had begun to frazzle the nerves of Jamestown head track and field coach Steve Sipior leading up to Friday’s Joe Paterniti Memorial Track & Field Classic — the forecast and the history.
“In a three-year span the meet had been canceled twice,” Sipior said reflecting back on the poor weather of years past.
But by the end of the evening, with a boys team title in hand and a bevy of personal-best times across all different teams and events, the Red Raiders’ coach was pleased that the evening went off without delay despite cold temperatures and intermittent rain.
“We’ve had a lot worse. The lightning detection system, we love it for safety, but we fear it going off,” Sipior said. “The jumpers did well, I mean when you get bad weather you don’t expect the sectional qualifying times, you don’t expect to see all the PRs and we got that today. It was fun to watch.”
The Red Raiders amassed 79 points to earn the boys title, following with Southwestern 75, Maple Grove 63.5, Dunkirk 55.5 and Fredonia 52.
The girls standings favored Southwestern with an impressive 111 points, while the Red Dragons took second with 81, followed by Jamestown 63.5, Olmsted 54 and Dunkirk 44.
On the heels of a strong performance at her own Golden Falcon Invitational last Friday, Falconer/Cassadaga Valley’s Samantha Gilbert earned Most Valuable Athlete honors thanks to wins in the 100 meters (12.97) and long jump (16 feet 5.25 inches).
The double-win performance came on a day when Gilbert was unable to participate in another one of her top events, the 200 meters.
“Very happy with the long jump, that was a 14-inch PR tonight,” said Falconer/Cassadaga Valley girls head coach Mike LeBaron. “There was something in her technique that we’ve been working on for a week, and tonight she was able to pull it off, that’s why she PRd.”
Emily Brown of Fredonia was able to pull off a win in the 2,000-meter steeplechase, beating out Abby Gostomski of Cattaraugus-Little Valley by the narrowest of margins with a time of 7:33.52.
Also for Fredonia, Lydia Lanski took home the 100-meter hurdles in 16.23.
The Maple Grove girls 3,200-meter relay team of Abby Brunenavs, Ava Crist, Kristin Kelemen and Christina Peppy grabbed gold by a massive margin, clocking a 10:15.29.
“We PRd by six seconds today from last week at Falconer and last week we dropped 19 seconds, so we’ve been going the right direction. Our goal was 10:15 today because that is the sectional automatic time, so that was our goal and the girls came through and hit it,” Maple Grove assistant coach Steve Matteson said.
While cold weather and rainy conditions can be a concern at times for certain track events, Matteson knows from his years of cross-country experience that those factors tend not to be a hindrance in distance races.
“Cross country, a lot of it is going out and just getting miles in so you have the endurance under your belt, where as in track, you can have the endurance but if you don’t have that foot speed and that quick fast-twitch muscle then it’s hard. Our 4-by-8 team, they love each other, and when the first person get’s done, instead of gasping for air, they are running over trying to cheer on the next person. That is what makes coaching worth it, that’s what makes being a team worth it.”
Maple Grove’s Christina Peppy took home the 3,000 meters in 10:39.40.
Kylee Odell was the winner of the 1,500-meter Jason DeJoy Memorial Run with a time of 4:52.17, but Crist was just a moment behind in second at 4:52.66.
“The competition is great and (the other runners) really help push you to your full potential,” Odell said after the win.
The sophomore took second in the 800 meters behind winner Abby Gostomski, who clocked in at 2:25.55.
Aiding Southwestern to its dominant team finish was a 1-2 final in the 400-meter hurdles, as Lauren Swan grabbed first at 1:07.35 and Katja Kranzo hit a time of 1:10.68.
Dunkirk’s Emilee Hanlon took home the 200-meter dash in 26.67, topping Maple Grove’s Chloe Kibbe (27.04).
Madison Kehe of Jamestown aided the Red Raiders with a mark of 33 feet, 2 inches in the triple jump and Falconer’s Sarah Disbro claimed the pole vault with a mark of 8 feet, taking first via a tie-breaker.
Alyssa Steen of Maple Grove beat out the competition in the shot put with a throw of 33 feet, 1 inch, while Emily Rybicki took second to help the Lady Trojans continue their strong showing in the field.
Gianna Hoose was a winner for Southwestern in the discus throw with a mark of 106 feet, 10 inches.
“Her first two throws were fouls, and she relaxed a little bit,” Trojans throwing coach Adam Brown said. “Her last throw in she got a PR by about 3 feet and then she went into finals, she did OK, and she had it won on her last throw and went up another 5 feet. So now she’s automatic for sectionals and she’s doing great, she’s on cloud nine and now the sky is the limit.”
Issiah Velez was named the Most Outstanding Athlete for the boys after a pair of wins on the day. The senior anchored the winners 400-meter relay team, which took first with a time of 45.36 thanks to contributions from Jonah Rosas, Devin Eddy and Nelson Rosario.
Velez hit a distance of 20 feet, 6 inches to take home the long jump, beating out Jamestown’s Takye Branch (20 feet, 1 inch), and also grabbed first in the 100 meters with a time of 11.42, edging out Francisco Rodriguez of Jamestown (11.54).
Helping Jamestown to it’s top boys finish was freshman Nathan Hill, who took home the 400-meter hurdles in 59.44 to beat out Austin Johns of Falconer/Cassadaga Valley (59.73).
While Rodriguez was bested by Velez in the 100 meters, the former was able to end the day with a gold after his winning time of 23.57 in the 200 meters, ahead of Maple Grove’s Nash Nelson who finished at 23.77.
The Southwestern boys team had Eddie Scroxton pick up a win in the 1,600-meter Jason DeJoy Memorial Run with a time of 4:29.18, and the sophomore also took fourth in the 800 meters with a time of 2:05.35.
Sophomores were all the rage for the Trojans, as Cooper Pannes grabbed first in the shot put after a stellar day of throwing that ended up with a winning distance of 43 feet, 2 inches.
“He’s done it in practice and he’s done it in meets but its been hard for him to keep it in,” Brown said. “He’s one of the hardest-working kids I’ve ever seen in my life and he’s been so determined.”
Matt Evans of Randolph left the competition far behind in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, clocking a 10:05.68, which was more than 20 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher.
Also leading the Cardinals was Wyatt Sluga with a winning mark of 12 feet, 3 inches in the pole vault.
While Evans showed his merit in the steeple, fellow cross-country veteran Michael Peppy was equally impressive in the 3,200 meters with a winning time of 9:42.07, well ahead of second-place Anthony Ruiz of Dunkirk (10:15.44).
While the Red Raiders were only able to manage fourth in the 400-meter boys relay, freshmen members Hill and Savon VanSickle as well as sophomore Jaiden McKoy mean that the team is only going to continue to improve in years to come.
“Our 4-by-1, we didn’t have a great race today but there are two freshmen, a sophomore and a junior (Rodriguez) on that (team). Some of our top athletes, guys that are taking firsts and seconds at an invite with 17 teams, when they are freshmen that is (encouraging),” Sipior said.
Sipior will also have another year to come from Grant Moore, whose jump of 6 feet was enough to take home the high jump, beating out Truman Purslow of Maple Grove by 2 inches.
Girls: Southwestern 111, Maple Grove 81, Jamestown 63.5, Olmsted 54, Dunkirk 44, Fredonia 43.5, Falconer/Cassadaga Valley 41, Clymer/Sherman/Panama 39, Cattaraugus-Little Valley 32, Frewsburg 13, Chautauqua Lake 11, Silver Creek 10, Eden 7, Randolph 4, Springville 4
Boys: Jamestown 79, Southwestern 75, Maple Grove 63.5, Dunkirk 55.5, Fredonia 52, Falconer/Cassadaga Valley 43, Iroquois 42, Springville 41, St. Francis 33, Randolph 31, Clymer/Sherman/Panama 17, Eden 10, Chautauqua Lake 9, Frewsburg 7
Boys 3,000m steeplechase: Matthew Evans (R), Dagon Bryant (So), Joshua Johnson (Fred), Anthony Ruiz (D), Brett Russell (Sp). T–10:05.68
Girls 2,000m steeplechase: Emily Brown (Fred), Abby Gostomski (C-LV), Karen Johnson (So), Sierra Jacques (D), Julia Fred (D). T–7:33.52
Girls 100m hurdles: Lydia Lanski (Fred), Aaliyah Blanks (O), Chelsy Scott (J), Giovanna Calamunci (J), Lauren Swan (So). T–16.23
Boys 110m hurdles: Kendall Mariacher (I), Matt Blakey (J), Carson Crist (MG), Darius Jones (MG), George Mecca (E). T–16.52
Girls 100m: Samantha Gilbert (F/CV), Chloe Kibbe (MG), Cassidy Allen (So), Quentasia Leeper (J), Doniyah Hill (O). T–12.97
Boys 100m: Issiah Velez (D), Francisco Rodriguez (J), Joshua Walsh (CL), Joell Colon (Fred), Nash Nelson (MG). T–11.42
Girls 3,200m relay: Maple Grove (Abby Bruenavs, Ava Crist, Kristin Kelemen, Christina Peppy), Falconer/Cassadaga Valley, Southwestern, Olmsted, Chautauqua Lake. T–10:15.29
Boys 3,200m relay: Falconer/Cassadaga Valley (Bryce Baglia, Collin Barmore, Rayven Sample, Andrew Young), Clymer/Sherman/Panama, Maple Grove, Southwestern, Iroquois. T–8:20.81
Girls 1,500m Jason DeJoy Memorial: Kylee Odell (C/S/P), Ava Crist (MG), Bailey Gostomski (C-LV), Hannah Sullivan (So), Emily Brown (Fred). T–4:52.17
Boys 1,600m Jason DeJoy Memorial: Eddie Scroxton (So), Ryan Mitchell (I), Diego Rey (Fred), Jack Carlson (Fred), Ronan McDonald (R). T–4:29.18
Girls 400m: Miquela Hunter (O), Jericha Petrella (D), Mackenzie Gratto (C/S/P), Kelsey Wolfe (Frew), Kylie Procknal (SC). T–59.15
Boys 400m: Nick Abdo (Sp), Topher Elkins (Sp), Pat Moran (I), Riley Auer (MG), Rayven Sample (F/CV). T–51.28
Girls 400m hurdles: Lauren Swan (So), Katja Kranzo (So), Amelia Brown (CL), Sarah Boothe (SC), Trinity Ruckdaschel (E). T–1:07.35
Boys 400m hurdles: Nathan Hill (J), Austin Johns (F/CV), George Mecca (E), Fin McDonald (C/S/P), Darius Jones (MG). T–59.44
Girls 800m: Abby Gostomski (C-LV), Kylee Odell (C/S/P), Breah Orlando (So), Angelina Sutton (O), Mackenzie Haskins (F/CV). T–2:25.55
Boys 800m: Alex Cooley (I), Diego Rey (Fred), Drew Pownall (Frew), Eddie Scroxton (So), Andrew Young (F/CV). T–2:02.02
Girls 200m: Emilee Hanlon (D), Chloe Kibbe (MG), Naciela Barber (J), Fotini Landis (Fred), Mackenzie Gratto (C/S/P). T–26.67
Boys 200m: Francisco Rodriguez (J), Nash Nelson (MG), Topher Elkins (Sp), Nelson Rosario (D), Dominik Thomas (SF). T–23.57
Girls 3,000m: Christina Peppy (MG), Bailey Gostomski (C-LV), Hannah Sullivan (So), Elle Russell (Sp), Abby Brunenavs (MG). T–10:39.40
Boys 3,200m: Michael Peppy (MG), Anthony Ruiz (D), Joshua Johnson (Fred), Pete Auer (MG), Dagon Bryant (So). T–9:42.07
Girls 400m relay: Dunkirk (Octavia Porter, Jessica Beehler, Jericha Petrella, Emilee Hanlon), Olmsted, Jamestown, Maple Grove, Southwestern. T–52.19
Boys 400m relay: Dunkirk (Jonah Rosas, Devin Eddy, Nelson Rosario, Issiah Velez), St. Francis, Fredonia, Jamestown, Springville. T–45.36
Girls 1,600m relay: Dunkirk (Sierra Jacques, Julia Fred, Jericha Petrella, Emilee Hanlon), Southwestern, Fredonia, Jamestown, Silver Creek. T–4:20.80
Boys 1,600m relay: Springville (Nick Abdo, Topher Elkins, Jared Reese, Seth Dash), Falconer/Cassadaga Valley, Southwestern, Iroquois, Randolph. T–3:36.12
Girls long jump: Samantha Gilbert (F/CV), Marisa Schuppenhauer (MG), Aaliyah Blanks (O), Trinity Ruckdaschel (E), Francheska Tejeda (O). D–16-5.25
Boys long jump: Issiah Velez (D), Takye Branch (J), Devin Eddy (D), Alex Card (So), Mason Field (Sp). D–20-6
Girls triple jump: Madison Kehe (J), Lauryn Whiteside (O), Marisa Schuppenhauer (MG), Giovanna Calamunci (J), Hannah Murdock (C/S/P). D–33-2
Boys triple jump: Ben Pinkowski (SF), Derek Miller (So), Alex Card (So), Takye Branch (J), Dominik Thomas (SF). D–41-5
Girls high jump: Claire Stokes (Fred), Aubin Cotter (So), Bryn Mozzi (MG), Sydney Lachajczyk (CL) and Kylie Schnars (C/S/P). H–5-0
Boys high jump: Grant Moore (J), Truman Purslow (MG), Tylar Olson (F/CV), Dustin Neckers (C/S/P), Jaden Kinnear (So). H–6-0
Girls pole vault: Sarah Disbro (F/CV), Claire Johnson (Frew), Rosie Hagel (So), Kayla Allen (So), Sara Beebe (J). H–8-0
Boys pole vault: Wyatt Sluga (R), Chase Stevenson (So), Cody Pool (J), Hessen Bahgat (Fred), Marshall Testa (I). H–12-3
Girls shot put: Alyssa Steen (MG), Emily Rybicki (So), Kiara Slaughter (J), Kara Leeper (R), Trisha Walker (C/S/P). D–33-1
Boys shot put: Cooper Pannes (So), Jake Guerra (Fred), Skylar Wright (R), Truman Purslow (MG), Nick Bishop (F/CV). D–43-2
Girls discus: Gianna Hoose (So), Morgan Tracy (J), Grace Lillie (So), Trisha Walker (C/S/P), Abby Manelick (So). D–106-10
Boys discus: Nolan Thomas (SF), Skylar Myers (J), Nick Fabrizio (MG) and Damian Southard (F/CV), Brice Lowe (So). D–130-9