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Area Athletes Shine On First Day At Williamsville South High School

Southwestern’s Gianna Hoose shows her winning form in in capturing the Division 2 girls discus at the Section VI Track & Field Championships state qualifier at Williamsville South High School on Friday. P-J photo by Tim Frank

WILLIAMSVILLE — Two Falconer/Cassadaga Valley athletes finished atop the podium in their respective Division 2 events Friday, the first day of the Section VI Track & Field Championships state qualifier at Williamsville South High School.

Bryce Baglia captured the boys 800 meters with a winning time of 1:56.47, which also bettered the state standard, while teammate Samantha Gilbert claimed the girls long jump with a leap of 17 feet, 10.75 inches.

But they weren’t the only area Division 2 athletes to stake a claim to No. 1.

Gianna Hoose of Southwestern won the girls discus with a throw of 106-11, while the Clymer/Sherman/Panama tandem of John Swabik and Kylie Schnars are showing Western New York their all-around athletic abilities in the boys and girls pentathlon respectively.

Swabik claimed first-place finishes in three events — the 110 hurdles (15.91), the high jump (6-1.5) and the shot (38-1.5) — and Schnars posted a first place in the 100 hurdles (17.01), a second place in the shot (30-9.25) and a tie for third place in the high jump (4-9.75).

Falconer/Cassadaga Valley’s Samantha Gilbert flies through the air en route to claiming the Division 2 girls long jump. P-J photo by Tim Frank

Other second-place finishers included Ava Crist of Maple Grove in the girls 800 (2:18.14); Ronan McDonald of Randolph in the boys 800 (1:58.21); Carson Crist of Maple Grove in the pentathlon shot put (37-6); Andrew Musacchio of Gowanda in the shot (50-1.25); Hessen Bahgat of Fredonia in the pole vault (12-6); and Kohl Ambuske of Salamanca in the pentathlon 110 hurdles (16.59) and the pentathlon high jump (5-11.25). Gavin Bowen of Jamestown placed second in the Division 1 pentathlon shot put (49-3.75).

Recording third-place finishes yesterday were Crist in the pentathlon 110 hurdles (16.69) and the pentathlon high jump (5-10); Jordan Svetz of Clymer/Sherman/Panama in the pentathlon shot put (34-6.25); Devin Austin of Falconer/Cassadaga Valley in the pentathlon high jump (5-10); and Darius Jones of Maple Grove in the pole vault (12-6).

Among the fourth-place finishers in Division 2 were Southwestern’s Vance Alvarez in the pentathlon 110 hurdles (16.99); Cameron Calimeri in the triple jump 41-4.5; Cooper Pannes in the shot put (48-9.5); and Chase Stevenson in the pole vault (12-0).

Claiming a fifth-place finish was Bryn Mozzi of Maple Grove in the pentathlon high jump (4-8.75).

Preliminaries were held in many of the remaining events, with plenty of local athletes qualifying for the finals, which will be held today, back at Williamsville South High School.

Clymer/Sherman/Panama’s John Swabik clears the bar on the way to winning the Division 2 pentathlon high jump. P-J photo by Tim Frank

Falconer/Cassadaga Valley’s Bryce Baglia leads the way in the Division 2 boys 800 meters. P-J photo by Tim Frank

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