Falconer/CV’s Gilbert Wins Four Events; Southwestern, C/S/P Claim Girls Titles

Falconer/Cassadaga Valley’s Samantha Gilbert won four events, including the triple jump. P-J photo by Tim Frank

OLEAN — The spring of Samantha Gilbert continued this weekend.

The Falconer/Cassadaga Valley junior won another four titles against the best competition around.

And some of her events weren’t even all that close.

Gilbert won the 100 meters, 200 meters, long jump and triple jump to highlight the girls action at the Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Athletic Association Championships at Olean Middle School.

Gilbert beat Cattaraugus-Little Valley’s Lauren Eaton by .21 seconds in the 100 meters and by .22 seconds in the 200 meters before topping Salamanca’s Mushirah Sheppard by 9 inches in the long jump and Southwestern’s Cassidy Allen by 2 feet, 4.5 inches in the triple jump.

Southwestern’s Hannah Lillie has a substantial lead in the 2,000-meter steeplechase, one of two events she won this weekend. P-J photo by Tim Frank

Clymer/Sherman/Panama and Southwestern finished first and second, respectively, in the 3,200-meter relay with the gap to third-place Allegany-Limestone more than 19 seconds. The Wolfpack foursome of Anneke White, Mackenzie Gratto, Kylee Odell and Natalie Carris took first place in 10:01.48 while the Trojans’ foursome of Carissa Minarovich, Breah Orlando, Katja Kranzo and Hannah Sullivan took second in 10:02.11, in the process breaking a school record that stood for 33 years. Back in 1986, Holly Spencer, Tina Heidorn, Theresa Stevens and Cesca Lyons ran a 10:08.2.

Hannah Lillie was a double winner for the Trojans, taking first in the 3,000 meters (11:26.95) and 2,000-meter steeplechase (8:14.12) while teammate Gianna Hoose captured the discus crown with a throw of 108 feet, 7 inches to help Southwestern win the Division 1 team title for the seventh straight season with 224 points on the weekend.

Clymer/Sherman/Panama’s Kylie Schnars won the 100-meter hurdles in 16.19 seconds while the Wolfpack’s 1,600-meter relay team of Karianne Yuchnitz, Carris, Cydney Amoroso and Gratto took first with a time of 4:16.52 to lead their team to the Division 3 crown with 188 points.

Allegany-Limestone’s Grace DeCapua finished second in the 400 meters (1:01.20) and teammate Lindsey Clawson was second in the 3,000 meters (11:36.32) while Gators Angelina Napoleon (5-0) and Mallory Voegelin (4-11) finished second and third, respectively, in the high jump to lead their team to the Division 2 title with 169 points.

Maple Grove’s Ava Crist won the 800 meters in a time of 2 minutes, 18 seconds while her Red Dragons teammate, Alyssa Steen, claimed the shot put with a toss of 34 feet, 4 inches as their team took second in Division 3 with 123 points.

Fredonia’s Emily Brown holds a big lead en route to winning the girls 1,500 meters on Saturday at Olean Middle School. P-J photo by Tim Frank

Falconer/Cassadaga Valley’s Rachael Ward won the pole vault at a height of 12 feet, 9 inches as the Golden Cougars were the runner-up in Division 1 with 140 points.

Silver Creek/Forestville was second in Division 2 with 104 points, led by Alina Beadle’s runner-up finish in the shot put and the Black Knights 1,600-meter relay team of Emma Romanik, Jaylah Cossin, Juliana Flick and Kylie Procknal taking second.

Dunkirk’s Jericha Petrella won the 400 meters in 1:00.03, Fredonia’s Emily Brown took the 1,500 meters in 4:50.03, Franklinville/Ellicottville/West Valley’s Hayly Fredrickson captured the 400-meter hurdles in 1:07.65 and Westfield/Brocton’s McKayla Wolfe claimed the high jump with the bar at 5 feet, 3 inches while Olean won the 400-meter relay in 53.16 seconds.

The area’s finest will return to action next Friday and Saturday in the Section VI Track & Field State Qualifier at Williamsville South High School.


From left: Southwestern’s Cassidy Allen, Cattaraugus-Little Valley’s Lauren Eaton, Falconer/Cassadaga Valley’s Samantha Gilbert, Clymer/Sherman/Panama’s Cydney Amoroso and Portville’s Jackie Daley compete in the girls 100-meter final. P-J photo by Tim Frank

Division 1: Southwestern 224, Falconer/Cassadaga Valley 140, Olean 93, Dunkirk 38, Fredonia 22, Gowanda 22

Division 2: Allegany-Limestone 169, Silver Creek/Forestville 104, Salamanca 89, Chautauqua Lake 71, Cattaraugus-Little Valley 58, Portville 53

Division 3: Clymer/Sherman/Panama 188, Maple Grove 123, Franklinville/Ellicottville/West Valley 118, Randolph 47, Frewsburg 39, Westfield/Brocton 27


100m: Samantha Gilbert (F/CV), Lauren Eaton (C-LV), Cassidy Allen (So), Cydney Amoroso (C/S/P), Jackie Daley (P), Mushirah Sheppard (Sa), Lauren Alfa (CL), Zoey Green (F/E/WV). T–12.68

Falconer/Cassadaga Valley’s Rachael Ward clears the bar during the pole vault. P-J photo by Tim Frank

200m: Samantha Gilbert (F/CV), Lauren Eaton (C-LV), Octavia Porter (D), Jackie Daley (P), Cydney Amoroso (C/S/P), Cassidy Allen (So), Grace DeCapua (A-L), Mackenzie Gratto (C/S/P). T–26.0

400m: Jericha Petrella (D), Grace DeCapua (A-L), Kylie Procknal (SC/F), Mackenzie Gratto (C/S/P), Kylie Schnars (C/S/P), Isabel Porterfield (A-L), Jackie Daley (P), Isabella Gilmore (CL). T–1:00.03

800m: Ava Crist (MG), Emily Brown (Fred), Kylee Odell (C/S/P), Ashlyn Collins (O), Acacia Barber (Frew), Sofia Fortuna (A-L), Juliana Flick (SC/F), Anneke White (C/S/P). T–2:18.0

1,500m: Emily Brown (Fred), Kylee Odell (C/S/P), Ava Crist (MG), Ashlyn Collins (O), Angelina Napoleon (A-L), Acacia Barber (Frew), Kaitlin Brentley (F/CV), Hannah Sullivan (So). T–4:50.03

3,000m: Hannah Lillie (So), Lindsey Clawson (A-L), Haley Odell (C/S/P), Hannah Schauman (C/S/P), Savannah Lashbrook (W/B), Alysa Williams (F/E/WV), Summer Harper (C-LV), Olivia Marshall (P). T–11:26.95

100m hurdles: Kylie Schnars (C/S/P), Logan Fredrickson (F/E/WV), Marina Miketish (O), Madeline Lippert (A-L), Elsa Gruber (MG), Lily Constantino (So), Kayla Allen (So), Jem Yarbour (Sa). T–16.19

400m hurdles: Hayly Fredrickson (F/E/WV), Amelia Brown (CL), Katja Kranzo (So), Natalie Carris (C/S/P), Kayla Allen (So), Aaliyah Small (C-LV), Kasey Markham (C/S/P), Grace Lundmark (F/CV). T–1:07.65

2,000m steeplechase: Hannah Lillie (So), Emma Pocobello (C-LV), Alysa Williams (F/E/WV), Tayden Persons (C/S/P), Leighanne Swan (C/S/P), Calla Zarpentine (CL), Summer Harper (C-LV), Hayli Wilson (Sa). T–8:14.12

400m relay: Olean, Clymer/Sherman/Panama, Silver Creek/Forestville, Chautauqua Lake, Southwestern, Maple Grove, Allegany-Limestone. T–53.16

1,600m relay: Clymer/Sherman/Panama (Karianne Yuchnitz, Natalie Carris, Cydney Amoroso, Mackenzie Gratto), Silver Creek/Forestville, Chautauqua Lake, Olean, Dunkirk, Franklinville/Ellicottville/West Valley, Allegany-Limestone, Portville. T–4:16.52

3,200m relay: Clymer/Sherman/Panama (Anneke White, Mackenzie Gratto, Kylee Odell, Natalie Carris), Southwestern, Allegany-Limestone, Maple Grove, Westfield/Brocton, Falconer/Cassadaga Valley, Silver Creek/Forestville, Randolph. T–10:01.48

High jump: McKayla Wolfe (W/B), Angelina Napoleon (A-L), Mallory Voegelin (A-L), Karianne Yuchnitz (C/S/P), Marina Miketish (O), Emma Foley (MG), Mercedez Obert (CL) and Tyra Clark (R). H–5-3

Pole vault: Rachael Ward (F/CV), Cassidy Allen (So), Mushirah Sheppard (Sa), Hayly Fredrickson (F/E/WV), Sarah Disbro (F/CV), Emma Romanik (SC/F), Olivia Dean (P), Ashlyn Schuman (A-L). H–12-9

Long jump: Samantha Gilbert (F/CV), Mushirah Sheppard (Sa), Quinn Taylor (So), Julia Stayer (O), Bryar Childs (P), Grace Lundmark (F/CV), Lauren Alfa (CL), Logan Fredrickson (F/E/WV). D–16-10

Triple jump: Samantha Gilbert (F/CV), Cassidy Allen (So), Kira Erickson (CL), Emma Foley (MG), Julia Stayer (A-L), Anna Buchanan (Fred), Marisa Schuppenhauer (MG), Quinn Taylor (So). D–35-6.5

Shot put: Alyssa Steen (MG), Alina Beadle (SC/F), Gianna Hoose (So), Sophia Stalica (SC/F), Madison Brooks (So), Courtney Hemminger (MG), Jessie Morrison (F/CV), Meganne Chapman (F/E/WV). D–34-4

Discus: Gianna Hoose (So), Alyssa Steen (MG), Grace Lillie (So), Kourtney Leeper (R), Meganne Chapman (F/E/WV), Kelsey Wilber (A-L), Sophia Stalica (SC/F), Christine Deming (So). D–108-7


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