Multiple runners qualify for Sectionals at Early Christmas Classic

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The Dunkirk/Silver Creek indoor track team competed at Houghton College Saturday in what was named the Early Christmas Classic. It involved 35 teams and over 1100 entries for the largest Section 6 meet on record.

In the boys’ 3200 meter race, Anthony Ruiz ran a 10:18.32 to finish in fifth and qualify himself for Sectionals. In the 1000m run for the girls, Jaylah Cossin finished in fourth with a 3:12.72, also qualifying herself for Sectionals. Jericha Petrella then ran a 1:46.86 in the 600 to give herself a Sectional qualifying time. In the boys 1600, Ruiz again had a top finish coming in fourth in a time of 4:52.31. In the girls 300, Emilee Hanlon ran a 42.26, breaking her own Dunkirk record of 42.60. The girls 4×8 relay team of Petrella, Cossin, Julia Fred and Julia Kennedy took fifth in a time of 11:01.68. The boys 4×4 of Nelson Rosario, Nate Ganey, Matt Hanlon and Miracle Berakah ran a 3:58.37 for a fifth-place finish. The boys 4×2 also had a fifth place finish running a 1:41.95 and that team was comprised of Jonah Rosas, Devin Eddy, Angel Reyes and Hanlon. The girls 4×2 ran to a third-place finish in 1:53.76 and that team was made up of Kylie Procknal, Cossin, Petrella and Hanlon.

“It was nice to get on a 200m track this early in the season and really see where our kids are at,” Dunkirk/Silver Creek coach Adam Woelfle said. “We had a lot of good performances, but only expect the times to get even faster the next time we go there. I’m impressed with what we have and the work these young athletes have been putting in.”

Fredonia’s next meet will be played on Saturday.