BEMUS POINT - Southwestern may have ran away with the CCAA boys county championship Friday at Long Point State Park, but overall, the race was as competitive as expected. The next three teams behind Southwestern all finished within 15 points in what proved to be an exciting finish to the CCAA season.
Southwestern finished with 76 points followed by Dunkirk 118, Gowanda 125 and Fredonia 133. Jamestown rounded out the top five with 161 points.
Dunkirk used a sixth-place finish from Javier Soto (17:14.49) and an eighth-place finish from Ethan Francis (17:24.24) to take second place. Dunkirk also got a top-20 finish from Ray Tarnowski who took 16th place in a time of 17:51.65. Other finishers for Dunkirk were Alec Tomaszewski in 24th (18:20.40) and Tom Logan in 64th (19:34.65).
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Dunkirk’s Javier Soto takes sixth place at the CCAA?cross country meet held at Long Point State Park on Friday.
"We had a very nice finish today," Dunkirk coach Kurt Warmbrodt said. "We had a second-place finish by the boys. That's the highest finish I've had as a coach in 15 years. It was good to see them work this hard to get to this point."
Dunkirk finishes the season with a 21-3 mark - also the best finish in Warmbrodt's tenure.
Maple Grove's Corey Wefing, the hands-down favorite coming into the race, took first place as expected in a time of 16:02.02 but it wasn't easy. Wefing was pushed by Allegany-Limestone's Owen Barber who took second right behind Wefing in 16:08.46.
Matt Kruszka of Gowanda ran one of his best races of the season to finish third for Gowanda in 16:46.08. Gowanda's Joey Kruszka came in 13th place in a time of 17:47.46 followed by teammates Ian Warrior in 21st (18:09.11), Ben Myzel in 40th (18:47.27) and Ryan Monat who finished in 48th place with a time of 19:03.62.
Fredonia, which finished in fourth place, got a top-10 finish from Josh Goodhue, who came in ninth place with a time of 17:32.99. Fellow Hillbilly Mike Meredith finished just outside the top 10 in 11th place in 17:34.37. Also finishing for Fredonia was Stephen Formanowicz in 27th place (18:26.62) and Ryan Meredith in 29th (18:30.68).
Silver Creek finished eighth in the boys race with 177 points. Caleb Makuch was the Black Knights' top finisher in a time of 17:48.93, good for 14th place. Jake Mullen finished in 26th place with a time of 18:24.40 followed by James Corbin in 38th (18:45.18), Jack McAlevey in 46th (18:55.14) and Ryan Ruia (19:18.34).
As for the girls, the Gowanda Lady Panthers took second place behind Maple Grove. The Lady Red Dragons finished with 27 points followed by Gowanda 82, Silver Creek 94, Fredonia 99, Sherman 107, Allegany-Limestone 145, Falconer 212, Olean 214, Jamestown 220 and Southwestern 222.
As expected, Maple Grove's Hope Pietricarlo took first place with a time of 18:49.09.
Gowanda's Colleen Steward placed ninth with a time of 20:27.75 while teammate Hunter Samuelson placed 12th at 20:52.37. The key to Gowanda's second-place finish was thanks to their 3-5 runners. Katelynn Jaroszewski placed 15th at 21:22.82. No. 4 runner Sarah Grubbs took 22nd at 21:53.82 and No. 5 runner Lexi Latona was 25th at 22:18.71. Also, No. 6 runner Nina Roman was right behind Latona at 22:20.29.
"I knew we couldn't go with Maple Grove," Gowanda coach Pete Palmer said. "We had a solid team effort. Fredonia, and Silver Creek all have two runners up there with our first two. Our 3-5 has been keeping us ahead of the pack all year long. The whole team has stepped it up this year and made it a special one. We could have finished anywhere from second to fifth. Fortunately we ran what we are capable of and finished where we expected to."
The Black Knights were led by Emma Seiders' eighth-place finish at 20:22.09. Hannah Seiders took 14th at 21:06.84. Rachel Radack took 19th at 21:35.98. Sarah Adams placed 23rd at 22:07.54 and Claire Castiglia took 32nd at 22:58.50.
For Fredonia, Michaela Tramuta took fifth at 20:04.44 and Gwen Stokes was seventh as she crossed the finish line at 20:20.33. The Lady Hillbillies' third runner, Claire O'Brien was 16th at 21:26.23. Maitland Langworthy was 35th at 23:09.10 and Mary Polvino placed 40th at 23:34.74.
"We are very pleased. Both the boys and girls came in fourth today," Fredonia coach Carol Zirkle said. "We were shooting for anywhere between fifth and second. The whole team ran a pretty good race today. Michaela Tramuta and Gwen Stokes both ran better than expected. They are both tough competitors so we're excited for that going into next week. (Yesterday) was a good springboard going into Sectionals next week."
The Lady Marauders had two runners compete as Calan Pogorzelski placed 27th with a time of 22:22.06 and Hannah McCrady was 103rd at 31:32.19.
Warmbrodt noted both Pogorzelski and McCrady knocked off more than three minutes off their time from earlier in the season when they ran the same course.