Silver Creek’s 4×400 team takes first place at Counties

OBSERVER Staff Report

Dunkirk High School’s athletic facility was this year’s venue for the CCAA Championship Track and Field Event which was spread out over Friday evening and Saturday afternoon.

Silver Creek’s girls team had several standout performances to help them take home the second-place trophy in Division 2 with 121 points.

“Our success comes from the large number of female athletes that came out for the team this year,” coach Amy Seiders said. “It has truly been a fun and fulfilling season with our best performances to come in the upcoming weeks.”

Silver Creeks’s top sprinter, Emma Seiders, raced easy on Friday, earning a spot in the finals for the 200 and 400 meter dashes. As the top seed in the 400 meter dash going into Saturday’s final, Emma Seiders had a quality race by placing first.

In addition, Emma Seiders placed first in the 200, bettering her state standard qualifying time of 25.78, just edging out her teammate from indoor track, Dunkirk’s Emilee Hanlon.

The only other first place finish on the girls side came from the 4×400 meters including athletes Kylie Procknal, Krystel Schwab, Jaylah Cossin and Seiders.

The 800 meter runners competed on Friday in the gusty weather. Despite this, Jaylah Cossin stayed up with the top runners to finish in third place. Julia Kennedy also made huge strides on the track in the 2,000 steeple chase, earning a fifth-place ribbon with a 27 second personal record at 8:19.16.

Other point scorers include: Procknal 400m, Daisy League 3,000, Sarah Boothe 400 hurdles and the girls 4×800 including: Carley Barrett, Grace Restivo, Juliana Flick and Kennedy.

For the boys, Billy Seiders placed second in the 400 with a time of 52.53 and fourth in the 200 in 23.81, just in front of sixth place finisher Phil Narraway (Silver Creek) in 24.19. Chasing down some top runners in the area, Macadam Gadewoltz finished fourth in the 400 hurdles with a time of 1:01.4.