Dunkirk-Silver Creek runners compete in NYC
NEW YORK — A quartet of Dunkirk-Silver Creek girls indoor track and field athletes that included Emilee Hanlon, Emma Seiders, Jericha Petrella and Jaylah Cossin, competed this weekend at the New Balance Indoor National Meet in New York at the New Balance Track and Field Center at The Armory.
“This weekend they made our area proud just being there and having this experience,” Dunkirk-Silver Creek coach Adam Woelfle said. “Emilee and Emma competed individually on Friday, and although not running personal bests, they competed against the best in the nation. Just being there was such an accomplishment.”
On Sunday the four competed in the 4×400-meter relay and took 32nd.
“Now that doesn’t always sound good,” Woelfle said. “But again, that is 32nd in the nation. We should be so proud of these girls. They shared the track with the likes of future Olympians Sammy Watson and Sydney McLaughlin, a 17-year-old Olympic semifinalist. The competition in that building was no joke.”
Together, the girls hold the combined school records in the 4×200, 4×400, sprint medley and distance medley relays. Individually, they hold records in the 55 (combined school record), 300 (Dunkirk and combined), 600 (Dunkirk and combined), 1,000 (combined), 1,500 (combined) and the high jump (Dunkirk and combined).
“I am so proud of these girls and what they accomplished and making a name for our area,” Woelfle said. “They have dedicated so much time and effort this season. I couldn’t ask for anything more from them. I’d also like to thank the schools and community for the support and giving them the chance to run at this meet. It was an experience they will remember, and with three girls returning next year, hopefully they will (return to the New Balance Indoor National Meet).”