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Ward’s Outstanding Indoor Season Continues

HOUGHTON — Rachel Ward’s outstanding indoor track and field season continued Saturday.

Competing at Houghton College, the Falconer standout broke her indoor record once again, clearing 12 feet in the pole vault and earning a first-place finish. Her effort was a timely one as she was interviewed by Milesplit, a national media outlet, which was there to follow her progress.

Meanwhile, Emily Brown of Fredonia placed second in both the girls 3,000 meters (10:59.65) and the 1,000 (3:10.30). Also claiming second places were Giovanna Calamunci of Jamestown in the girls 55 hurdles (9.15); Francisco Rodriguez of Jamestown in the boys 55 dash (6.74); and the Dunkirk girls 4×800 relay team (10:37.07).

Claiming a third place was Collin Barmore of Falconer in the boys 3,200 (10:14.09), which broke Michael Peppy’s school record. Also placing third were Juliana Flick of Dunkirk in the girls 1,000 (3:15.73); and Harrison Monfort of Jamestown in the boys 600 (1:26.90).

Naciela Barber of Jamestown was fourth in the girls 600 (1:47.68); and Jericha Petrella of Dunkirk was fourth in the girls 300 (43.06). Earning fifth-place finishes were the Falconer boys 4×800 relay team of Barmore, Dylan Davis, Sample and Austin Johns (9:13.82); and Alyssa Steen of Maple Grove in the girls shot put (32-4). Finishing sixth were Jack Carlson of Fredonia in the boys 1,600 (4:38.02); and Alina Beadle of Dunkirk in the girls shot (32-2.5).

Following are the remaining area athletes and relay teams that finished in the top 10: Rayven Sample of Cassadaga Valley, boys 600 (1:30.05), seventh place; the Jamestown girls 4×200 relay (1:57.91), seventh place; Emma Romanik of Dunkirk, girls pole vault (6-6), seventh place; Claire Johnson of Falconer, girls pole vault (6-6), seventh place; Steen of Maple Grove, girls weight throw (30-11.75), seventh place; the Dunkirk boys 4×800 relay (9:21.62), eighth place; the Jamestown boys 4×200 relay (1:41.14), eighth place; Kylie Procknal of Dunkirk, girls 300 (45.39), ninth place; the Dunkirk girls 4×400 relay (4:49.82), ninth place; the Dunkirk boys 4×200 relay (1:42.22), ninth place; Rian Budzinski of Fredonia, boys long jump (19-2), ninth place; and Sophia Stalica of Dunkirk, girls shot put (30-0), ninth place.

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