Rey earns patch with his best time of 2017

JAMESTOWN — Fredonia’s Diego Rey finished his 2017 track and field season on a high note, taking second place in the 800-meter run.

Seeded seventh, Rey earned a Sectional patch, which was given out to the top four athletes in each event. Rey finished with a season-best time of 2:00.70.

“Our goal was to get a Sectional patch which is top four,” Fredonia coach Bob Ball said. “So he did get a Sectional shield. He ran an outstanding race. He went from seventh place on his second lap and moved to second on the last straight away.”

Meanwhile, Mike Meredith completed three of the five events in the pentathlon. Being seeded ninth, he currently sits in fifth place with 1,443 points. Today, he finishes the pentathlon with the 1,500 and the long jump.

“The 1,500 is his best event,” Ball said. “The long jump, he will need to come in the middle of the pack.”

In the 3,200, Josh Johnson was seeded 12th and took 10th with a time of 10:21.40. Johnson will also compete in today’s 3,000 steeplechase while Rey competes in the 1,600 finals.

The Lady Hillbillies received a 10th place finish from Mindy Waag in the 100 hurdles (:17.19) and Sydney Swan in the 400 (1:02.4). Swan also took eighth in the 800 at 2:28.4

The 4×100 relay team took seventh place with a time of :54.03. The team consisted of Fotini Landis, Georgie Gens, Waag and Deidra Osula.

Lydia Lanski will compete in today’s 100 hurdles finals while Osula advanced in the 100 and 200. Also competing today will be Emily Brown in the steeplechase and 1,500 while the 4×400 relay also runs today.

“We are looking for some good performances (today) from them,” Fredonia girls coach Mike Marshall said. “Claire Stokes will be participating in the high jump.”

For Dunkirk, Sabien Smith competed in the pole vault, clearing 10-feet-6-inches.

Nelson Estrada-Cruz finished the 800 in a time of 2:01.13 to take fourth place and receive a patch.

The boys 4×100 team of Jonah Rosas, Devin Eddy, Nelson Rosario and Jon Tirado ran a :46.08, but unfortunately that was only good enough for 11th and they will not be returning for finals.

On the girls side, Emilee Hanlon ran a personal best in the 200, crossing the finish line in :25.76 and will come into today’s final seeded fourth. Jericha Petrella ran a personal record in the 400 coming in at :59.36 and will enter today’s final in the third position.

The 4×100 relay team of Paola Rodriguez, Jessica Beehler, Petrella and Hanlon also qualified running a :51.03 — their best on the season. They will have the number five spot today.

Faith Rivera has completed three of five events in the pentathlon and sits in fourth place.

“All of our athletes did well (Friday) and I am excited for what (today) holds,” Dunkirk coach Adam Woelfle said. “Besides those finals, we also have the boys 4×800 and 4×400 relays coming in, both seeded second, and should prove to be some good races. Kate Michalski will also be pole vaulting seeded eighth, and Emilee Hanlon will be in the high jump, where she is seeded first. Hopefully we can punch some tickets to the state meet (today). We’ll just have to wait and see.”