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Allen Sisters, Swabik Live Up To Hype At Final Section VI Meet

Clymer/Sherman/Panama’s John Swabik clears the bar in the high jump during the Section VI Division 2 Track & Field Championships at Falconer’s Bill Race Field on Wednesday. P-J photo by Tim Frank

FALCONER — Toward the end of the Section VI Division 2 Track & Field Championships, the public-address announcer encouraged all senior athletes to stick around to take a ceremonial last lap around the all-weather surface.

The 12th-graders representing the Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Athletic Association could make a very strong case that they should be at, or near, the head of the pack.

Southwestern’s Cassidy Allen won three individual events, including clearing another record-breaking height in the pole vault; sister Kayla won the girls pentathlon; Clymer/Sherman/Panama’s John Swabik claimed the boys pentathlon; and Fredonia’s Oliver Madariaga won two individual events and was a member of the victorious 4×400-meter relay to highlight a gorgeous Wednesday at Bill Race Field.

Toss in another first-place finish by Falconer/Cassadaga Valley’s Devin Austin in the triple jump, and top-three placements by a host of others, and it proved to be quite a late afternoon and early evening for the teenagers from the CCAA.

Cassidy Allen, who will join her sister at the University of Akron in the fall, broke her own New York State Division 2 record in the pole vault (13 feet, 7 inches); won the triple jump (38-4) while setting a school record in the process; and won the 200 meters (25.47).

Southwestern’s Cassidy Allen is all smiles during the pole vault competition. P-J photo by Tim Frank

“I’m honored,” she said of her three sectional titles. “Southwestern’s had a lot of really, really good athletes and for me to be (the first one) to be able to do that … is pretty cool. I came in just trying to PR in all my events and really focus on the pole vault and have some other events just to fill the day.”

Kayla Allen parlayed personal bests in the long jump (4.78 meters) and 800 meters (2:36.84) into 2,667 total points in the pentathlon. Her performance in the 800 was particularly impressive as it eclipsed her previous best by nearly 6 seconds.

“The goal was 16 seconds for the first 100 and I hit that perfectly,” Kayla Allen said. “I was just trying to maintain it the whole race.”

Watching it all unfold was Southwestern girls track & field coach Adam Frisbee.

“They’ve set the bar awfully high,” he said. “It’s nice. It’s awesome. They have put in four years of hard work. … They lost a season last year, but they stuck with it, trained and got after it, so this was well-deserved.”

Southwestern’s Kayla Allen clears a hurdle during the pentathlon at the Section VI Division 2 Track & Field Championships on Wednesday at Falconer’s Bill Race Field. P-J photo by Tim Frank

Swabik — arguably the CCAA’s finest all-around athlete — ran, jumped and threw his way to a personal-best 3,527-point total in his final scholastic competition before he heads to the University of Colorado in a couple of months.

“It’s been such a great experience,” he said of his high school career. “I like to be able to be someone that other people can shoot for.”

Meanwhile, the SUNY Binghamton-bound Madariaga ran a 50.02 to break a 30-year-old school record in the 400 meters; captured the 200 meters (22.53); and anchored the victorious 1,600-meter relay that also included Alex Field, Ledreth Velez-Olmo and Matt Linder in 3:29.76.

“The 400 is (Madariaga’s) event,” Fredonia coach Bob Ball said, “and that’s where he has always run. We ended up putting him in the 100, and he took off there and broke a 51-year school record earlier in the year. He also anchors our relay that just continued to get better, ending up 11 seconds faster from three weeks ago. We knew what we had (in Madariaga), it was just a matter of the other three.”

The area second-place finishers were Jordan Svetz, Clymer/Sherman/Panama, pentathlon (2,932 points); the Maple Grove girls 4×800 relay team of Christina Peppy, Tori Pavlock, Abby Brunenavs and Ava Crist (10:00.05); the Southwestern boys 4×800-meter relay team of Carter McKotch, Ethan Luce, Nate Lewis and Trenton Shutters (8:22.53); Jenna Fisher, C/S/P, 100 meters (12.77); Miracle Berakah, Southwestern, 400 meters (51.12); Shutters, Southwestern, 800 meters (2:00.81); Roan Kelly, Randolph, 3,000-meter steeplechase (10:22.63); Alina Beadle, Silver Creek/Forestville, shot put (33-8.75); Noah Steinbroner, Franklinville/Ellicottville, 100 meters (11.20); Tyyetta Herman, Franklinville/Ellicottville, 400 meters (1:00.83); and Tessa Mozzi, Maple Grove, discus (97-8).

Fredonia’s Oliver Madariaga runs the 400 meters Wednesday in Falconer. P-J photo by Tim Frank

The area third-place finishers were Amelia Brown, Chautauqua Lake, 400-meter hurdles (1:11.20); Juliana Flick, Silver Creek/Forestville, 800 meters (2:27.46); Sydney Smith, Randolph, 2,000 steeplechase (8:10.89); the Southwestern 4×400-meter relay team of Berakah, Luce, McKotch and Shutters (3:32.44); Jaiden Huntington, Randolph, discus (121-0); Jillian Rea, Salamanca, shot put (32-5.25); Sam Emiller, Maple Grove, high jump (5-9); and Dontae Hoose, Southwestern, shot put (43-9.5).

The large crowd watching from the bleachers took notice. So, too, did the competitors.

As Swabik was competing in the high jump portion of the pentathlon, two Portville athletes sat on the turf nearby. Upon Swabik clearing the bar set at more than 6 feet, one of them said in admiration, “I thought I had hops,” and, when Swabik walked by moments later, one of his peers looked at him and said, “You’re crazy.”

Swabik stopped, smiled and said, “Thanks.”

It was only fitting that on graduation week, the CCAA’s finest aced their final “exam.”

SECTION VI DIVISION II TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Girls pentathlon: Kayla Allen (So), Sophia Auer (L-P), Devin Griffin (Me), Tahlia Kosek (I), Emma Foley (MG). P–2,667

Boys pentathlon: John Swabik (C/S/P), Jordan Svetz (C/S/P), Jacob Canti (I), Connor Terwilliger (F/E). P–3,527

Girls 3,200m relay: East Aurora (Celia Cocca, Megan McLaughlin, Kailyn Houghton, Emilia O’Leary), Maple Grove, Newfane, Pioneer, FalconerCassadaga Valley. T–9:47.88

Boys 3,200m relay: East Aurora (Finn Cosgrove, Pierce Ticen, Braden Tent, Evan Owens), Southwestern, Allegany-Limestone, Holland, Falconer/Cassadaga Valley. T–8:18.36

Girls 100m hurdles: Ashlan Joseph (N), Madelaine Schultz (Wi), Natalie Ruhlman (Ch), Nghi Le (Ch), Ava Linder (H). T–15.98

Boys 110m hurdles: Kendall Mariacher (I), Zayd Watts (E), CJ Krzanowicz (Ch), Sam Eimiller (MG), Thomas Padilla (B). T–14.7

Girls 100m: Makhia Laster (Ta), Jenna Fisher (C/S/P), Nyrelle Simpson (Ta), Arrianna Blachowicz (I), Brooklyn Bullock (O). T–12.42

Boys 100m: Evanuel Cook (WNYM), Noah Steinbroner (F/E), Tariq Eubanks (Ta), Michael Butterfield (So), Nicholas Florczak (D). T–11.15

Girls 1,500m: Nicole Kuehner (I), Angelina Napoleon (A-L), Kristen Melnik (Sp), Lauren Wagner (Ak), Brooklyn Lazarz (P). T–4:46.98

Boys 1,600m: Jacob Brink (A-L), Evan Castlevetere (I), Ryan Zaff (EA), Colin Cassidy (EA), Lukas Baer (MG). T–4:33.22

Girls 400m: Hope Abramowski (WSE), Tyyetta Herman (F/E), Jenna Wyant (P), Angelina Napoleon (A-L), Acacia Barber (Frew). T–59.91

Boys 400m: Oliver Madariaga (Fred), Miracle Berakah (So), Walker Bekial (P), Javier Brown (B), David Speagle (CL). T–50.01

Girls 400m hurdles: Linnea Neureuther (Sp), Ashlan Joseph (N), Amelia Brown (CL), Julia Galley (H), Tayden Persons (C/S/P). T–1:08.55

Boys 400m hurdles: CJ Krzanowicz (C), Nolan Longbine (Sp), Tim Walkowiak (H), Sam Eimiller (MG), Austin Johns (F/CV). T–58.14

Girls 800m: Nicole Kuehner (I), Angelina Napoleon (A-L), Juliana Flick (SC/F), Kylie Keefe (CL), Ella Krumpek (WSE). T–2:21.76

Boys 800m: Brody Jones (H), Trenton Shutters (So), Arlen Newark (Sa), Connor Cuzzacrea (N), Sh’kwe Riley (Alb). T–1:58.51

Girls 200m: Cassidy Allen (So), Makhia Laster (Ta), Saige Ticen (EA), Jenna Fisher (C/S/P), Kylie Procknal (SC/F). T–25.47

Boys 200m: Oliver Madariaga (Fred), Cameron Dillard (Ta), Evanuel Cook (WNYM), Michael Butterfield (So), Miracle Berakah (So). T–22.53

Girls 3,000m: Emilia O’Leary (EA), Kristen Melnik (Sp), Kailyn Houghton (EA), Christina Peppy (MG), Lauren Wagner (Ak). T–10:39.83

Boys 3,200m: Kyle Urban (Al), Jacob Brink (A-L), Evan Owens (EA), Ryan Zaff (EA), Finn Cosgrove (EA). T–9:31.02

Girls 2,000m steeplechase: Hannah Goetz (Sp), Leah Siegmann (N), Sydney Smith (R), Mikaela LeBaron (F/CV), Alyssa Williams (F/E). T–7:03.09

Boys 3,000m steeplechase: Justin Pavan (L-P), Roan Kelly (R), Ryan Wisniewski (A-L), Ethan Luce (So), George Reimers (EA). T–9:58.77

Girls 400m relay: Tapestry (Janee Long, Nyrelle Simpson, Olivia Harris, Makhia Laster), Newfane, Cheektowaga, Iroquois, Silver Creek/Forestville. T–51.16

Boys 400m relay: Cleveland Hill (Bryce Brown, Jamal Harris, Kuang Lwin, Tristan Pratt), Tapestry, Albion, Cheektowaga, Iroquois. T–44.94

Girls 1,600m relay: East Aurora (Celia Cocca, Grace Kwitek, Megan McLaughlin, Saige Ticen), Iroquois, Newfane, Springville, Maple Grove. T–4:10.35

Boys 1,600m relay: Fredonia (Alex Field, Ledreth Velez-Olmo, Matt Linder, Oliver Madariaga), East Aurora, Southwestern, Pioneer, Maple Grove. T–3:29.76

Girls triple jump: Cassidy Allen (So), Linnea Neureuther (Sp), Nyah Solly (Sp), Melanie Meyers (N), Nadia White (R-H). D–38-1 1/2

Boys long jump: Nasrullah Muslim Dost (M), Joe Stover (P), Simon Connors (LS), Chase Pastuszynski (Ald), Chris Shabazz (Alb). D–21-0 1/4

Girls pole vault: Cassidy Allen (So), Nyah Solly (Sp), Kate Hillyard (EA), Hayly Fredrickson (F/E), Haley Lerner (Ald). H–13-7

Boys discus: Jayden DuBard (C), Matthew Russo (De), Jaiden Huntington (R), Bryce Clothier (H), Paul Winiecki (E). D–150-4

Girls shot put: Marinna Heichberger (Sp), Alina Beadle (SC/F), Jillian Rea (Sa), Katrina Chandler (C), Kelsey Camp (Ald). D–34-7 1/2

Boys high jump: Chris Shabazz (Alb), Hunter Hollock (To), Sam Eimiller (MG), Maddox Bush (F/E), Devin Austin (F/CV). H–6-0

Girls high jump: Angelina Napoleon (A-L), Kate Hillyard (EA), Grace Kwitek (EA), Kayrah Brown (C), Kelly Lucas (Fred) and Gigi Ferro (Fred). H–5-4

Boys triple jump: Devin Austin (F/CV), Chris Shabazz (Alb), Simon Connors (LS), Paul Smith (W), Vance Alvarez (So). D–43-0

Girls discus: Katrina Chandler (C), Tessa Mozzi (MG), Marinna Heichberger (Sp), Jessica Souder (E), Jillian Rea (Sa). D–98-4

Boys pole vault: Allastair Sweeney (L-P), Mike Mosacco (E), Alexander Bauer (LS), Noah Paterniti (A-L), Lucas Heffler (L-P). H–11-6

Girls long jump: Nyah Solly (Sp), Linnea Neureuther (Sp), Madison Snayczuk (P), Melanie Meyers (N), Kayrah Brown (C). D–17-1 1/4

Boys shot put: Jayden DuBard (C), Matthew Russo (De), Dontae Hoose (So), Ryan Carpenter (R), Paul Winiecki (E). D–55-11 1/4

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