Dunkirk track puts up impressive results as Counties host

OBSERVER Photo by Justin Goetz Fredonia’s Mike Meredith (right) clears the final hurdle in the 100 hurldes during Saturday’s Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Athletic Association County Meet.

The hosts of the 2017 Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Athletic Association County Meet did more than just host the meet as they put up some good times and results with many athletes in the top eight on both the boys and girls side.

For the boys, the 4×100 meter relay team of Jonah Rosas, Devin Eddy, Nelson Rosario, and Jon Tirado came in second overall with a time of 46.47 seconds. All four of those boys also made it to the finals in their individual events, as well. Eddy also took eighth in the triple jump and fourth in the long jump with a leap of 18-feet-9 inches.

Elsewhere for the boys, Sabien Smith took fourth in the pole vault going 11 feet. Ethan Yannie ran a personal best in the mile, 5:01.46, to get 16th, and Efrain Santiago came in 13th in Steeplechase in 11:53.45, also a personal best.

The boys 4×800 relay of Chris Michalski, Anthony Ruiz, Mike Deland, and Nelson Estrada-Cruz won the event in commanding fashion in a time of 8:26.20.

“Those four boys want that relay so badly, and unfortunately besides the first invite of the season, really have run uncontested all season,” Dunkirk coach Adam Woelfle said. “I’m looking for them to peak at Sectionals and really put down a fast time. Michalski also ran the 400 and took third.”

On the girls side, Dunkirk had many great places as well.

The girls 4×100 relay of Paola Rodriguez, Jessica Beehler, Jericha Petrella, and Emilee Hanlon cruised to a victory in 51.33.

“Those four girls have been working all season and not a single one is a senior, so that is making it even more exciting,” Woelfle said. “And they care, constantly dropping their time.”

Beehler also ran the 100, finishing fifth in 13.42.

Hanlon had a standout weekend for herself, winning the high jump on Friday night, then making it to finals in the 100 and 200 finishing second in both, but setting two new records in the process. In the 100 she ran a 12.88 besting the record(12.95) held by Melissa Thomas(2003), and Samiyah Toomer(2014). She also broke her own 200m record by running a 25.85. Petrella finished fifth in the 200 in 26.91, and second in the 400 in 59.98.

Seniors Kate Michalski, and Faith Rivera also had pretty good weekends for their final home meet. Michalski took fourth in the pole vault clearing 8′ 6“, and also made it to the finals in the 400 hurdles. Rivera had 3 top finishes as she took 6th in the hurdles(17.56), fourth in High Jump 4’10”, and fourth in the long jump 14′ 11.75″ Those are all events she’ll need to compete in next weekend as she does the pentathlon at sectionals.

“Overall it was a pretty successful season,” Woelfle said. “I’m proud of all these athletes. The County meet went exceptionally well I though and had a great turnout. We had to bear some iffy weather Friday night, but it was worth it for the day we had Saturday, and kids really succeed from it as the times in the finals were exceptional. I have to give credit to the rest of the coaches as well, as the meet is a county effort. We all play our part in making sure it runs efficiently.

“Thank you to all the athletes and parents as well on a wonderful season, as well as the community and friends that came out to support. It’s such a great feeling to host a big event like this and see so many familiar faces in the crowd, coming to watch Dunkirk athletes make our city proud.

Fredonia was led by a first-place finish in the 100 hurdles by Lydia Lanski at 16.05 seconds.

Emily Brown had a solid day, placing fourth in the 1,500 (5:05) and second in the steeplechase (8:01). Deidra Osula also placed well in multiple events, taking fourth in the 200 (26.7) and fourth in the 100 in 13 seconds.

Mindy Waag took fourth in the100 hurdles at 17.60. Sidney Swan placed fifth in the 400 (1:02); Georgie Gens took thirdin the triple jump 32-feet-2 1/2 inches and Lauren Kluck was fifth in the shotput at 30-feet-4 inches.

Fredonia’s 4×600 team took third at 4:20 with a team of Lydia Lanski, Landis, Swan and Clair Lanski while the 4×100 team took third (53.26) with Lysdia Lanski, Landis, Gens and Osula.

“Luckily the weather changed,” Fredonia girls coach Mike Marshall said. “It was rainy Friday, but no one ran in the rain and today was beautiful. Lydia (Lanski) had an exceptional run in the hurdles with a state-qualifying time. The rest had good performances and I’m looking forward to seeing them perform at Sectionals.”

For the Fredonia boys, Diego Rey had the team’s best finish, placing third in the 1,600 with a season’s best time of 4:36.11. Josh Johnson had two impressive finishes, including a season’s best time of 4:44.49 in the 1,600, which was good enough for eighth place and a fifth place finish in the 3,000 steeplechase (10:55.95).

Also finishing well for Fredonia was Joell Colon with a sixth place finish in the 100 (11.93).

The Westfield Lady Wolverines were led by Maddison Knapp, who repeated as CCAA champion in the 400 hurdles. Knapp is currently ranked No. 1 in Section VI in the 400 hurdles.

Also repeating as CCAA champions were the 4×800 relay team of Knapp, Savannah Lashbrook, Mckayla Wolfe and Sophia DeMarco in a season-best time of 9:55.41.

Placing well for Westfield was Hannah Hoebener, who was sixth in the 100 and the 4x400m relay of Sophia DeMarco, Susie Wolfe, Mckayla Wolfe and Maddison Knapp finished fourth.