Wolfpack Have Quite A Day
CICERO — John Swabik is only a freshman, but he’s already put himself on the New York State Public High School Athletic Association map as a pentathlete.
Clymer/Sherman/Panama teammate Cameron Barmore, a sophomore high jumper, also served notice that he belongs on the state’s biggest track and field stage, as does another Wolfpack athlete, sophomore Kylee Odell, who turned in her personal best in the 1,500 meters.
Added together, the trio left Coach Irv King a happy man upon leaving Cicero-North Syracuse High School on Saturday, the final day of the state championships.
“We had a great day,” he said. “We were grinning ear to ear when we got home.”
By virtue of a scintillating performance in the 1,500 meters — he posted a time of 4:16.24 to win by 7.5 seconds — Swabik finished the pentathlon sixth overall and second in Division 2 with 3,130 points. In his other event yesterday, the long jump, he placed 14th overall and sixth in Division 2 with a leap of 18 feet, 5.75 inches.
“He doesn’t handle himself like a freshman,” King said. “He wasn’t fazed out there, which was great. Obviously, we knew going in the 1,500 was his race, but, boy, he attacked that hard today. What’s been so impressive is he’s been able to run by himself. He just did a fantastic job today.”
Meanwhile, Barmore cleared 6-4 in the high jump to finish third in Division 2 and ninth overall, despite suffering a bad ankle sprain on Monday while playing basketball.
“He really gutted it out this weekend,” King said. “Wednesday he struggled to clear 5-10. Honestly, we were thrilled today with his performance. To be able to medal under those circumstances (is impressive). There’s nothing shabby about 6-4.”
King was also pleased with Odell’s performance in the 1,500.
“Last week she ran over a five-second (personal best) to get to states,” he said. “She turned around today and took antoher second and a half off that. I was very impressed with her.”
Other area athletes had strong efforts, too.
Fredonia senior Lydia Lanski finished second in the Division 2 100 meters, posting a time of 15.15; Dunkirk senior Emilee Hanlon was third in the Division 2 high jump and tied for fourth overall with a leap of 5-4; and Maple Grove senior Michael Peppy earned his second trip to the podium in as many days by virtue of his sixth-place Division 2 finish in the 1,600 meters (4:28.09). That time placed him 23rd overall.
In other results from area athletes:
¯ The Falconer/Cassadaga Valley boys 4×800 relay team, comprised of Bryce Baglia, Collin Barmore, Andrew Young and Rayven Sample, finished in 8:07.67, good for a fourth place in Division 2 and 23rd overall.
¯ Senior Emily Brown of Fredonia finished fifth in Division 2 and 14th overall in the 2,000 steeplechase with a time of 7:06. 93, just ahead of Cattaraugus-Little Valley senior Abby Gostromski, who placed seventh in Division 2 and 16th overall with a 7:08.14 clocking.
¯ Cattaraugus-Little Valley’s Bailey Gostomski finished sixth in Division 2 and 11th overall in the 1,500 where Odell placed eighth in Division 2 and 17th overall in 4:45.32.
¯ Maple Grove junior Carson Crist finished eighth in Division 2 and 17th overall in the pentathlon. In his two events Saturday, he was 17th overall and ninth in Division 2 in the 1,500 and was 21st overall and 10th in Division 2 in the long jump.
“I can’t say how good we feel,” King said. “It’s really a nice way to end the season.”