Fredonia’s Rey, Brown take first at Jamestown

Photo by Chad Ecklof Pictured above is Fredonia’s Diego Rey, who took first place in the boys’ cross country meet at Jamestown on Tuesday with a time of 18:27.

OBSERVER Staff Reports

JAMESTOWN — Diego Rey and Emily Brown both shined for Fredonia in cross country action on Tuesday, each winning in their race in Jamestown for the Hillbillies.

The Fredonia boys placed second overall, with Rey running a time of 18:27, followed by Chris Annear who placed third, running a time of 19:05. Kevin Redfield placed 12th for the Hillbillies, and Jake Davis ran his first varsity race coming off of an injury to place 25th.

“I thought we got a good race from Diego,” said head coach Carol Zirkle. “Chris Annear ran well for us also. Jamestown has a challenging course and footing wasn’t the best today, but we did well in the conditions we had.”

Allegany-Limestone won the match with 42 points while Gowanda placed third overall.

Photo by Chad Ecklof Pictured above is Fredonia’s Emily Brown, who took first place in the girls’ cross country meet at Jamestown on Tuesday with a time of 20:23.

The Fredonia girls cross country team also placed second overall, with Brown pacing the leaders with a final time of 20:23. Savannah Lashbrook place fourth with a time 23:07 while Anna Buchanan placed seventh and Ashlyn Ambrose grabbed eighth.

“Savannah had her best race of the year I thought,” said Zirkle. “Emily had a gameplan going into the race and she did a good job sticking to it.”

Allegany-Limestone also took the girls match, winning with 33 points while Gowanda finished fourth with 73 points.

Ruiz wins again for Dunkirk

Anthony Ruiz had another successful night for Dunkirk cross country on Tuesday, winning his race for the second consecutive week on Lake Erie at Point Gratiot, as Dunkirk placed third as a team.

Ruiz ran against stiff competition, winning with a time of 17:24, followed closely by Peter Auer from Maple Grove with a 17:36, and Rohan McDonald in 17:50. Falconer came in fourth and fifth with Bruce Baglla (18:16) and Collin Barmare (18:19).

The three leaders were battling the entire race, when Ruiz took over on him home course halfway through the second lap.

“It was great to see him get the victory at his final time running at home,” said Dunkirk head coach Adam Woelfle. “I am so proud of how far he has come over the years and he is poised to make a name for himself this season. He has always been so strong and wanted to be one of the best, he had some struggles last season and really took a different approach to his summer training this past year, and it is paying off.”

Maple Grove won the boys meet with 38 points.

The girls race saw Maple Grove take victory as well, completing a perfect score of 15 to win. Jericha Petrella for Dunkirk had a nice race, placing third with a time of 21:39. Sierra Jacques was next for Dunkirk running a time of 22:52.

“I was very impressed with Jericha and Sierra,” said Woelfle. “Jericha for breaking up the Maple Grove pack, and Sierra losing to only the Maple Grove runners and no other schools. These two have run well so far this season and I have been nothing but impressed.”

Decker, Wilson lead Silver Creek XC

PANAMA — Silver Creek’s Riley Wilson took third place in the boys cross country meet at Panama High School, while Ellie Decker led the Silver Creek girls with a second place finish to place her team in second for the meet on Tuesday.

Wilson’s time of 20:40 was the best of the day for Silver Creek’s boys team, who finished incomplete. Gabe Rhodes was close behind Wilson with a fourth place time of 21:10. Josh Bunnell finished seventh in 22:12.

Decker’s second place finish was a time of 22:18 to lead the Silver Creek girls, who finished with a score of 46, second only to Clymer-Sherman-Panama with a 32. Juliana Flick was second among the Silver Creek girls, with a fifth place time of 23:21. Lily League (25:00), Daisy League (25:28), Melanie Wilson (25:37), Emma Romanik (26:20) and Julia Kennedy (26:52) all finished in the top 20 at the meet.

Silver Creek coach Mike Janisch called the 3.1 mile course a “very difficult, up and down course,” with a lot of hills throughout the race. “It was a very challenging course,” he said.

Dunkirk, Fredonia and Silver Creek are all back in action next on Saturday in East Aurora.