Dunkirk track team hosts All Maroon Invite

Dunkirk High School’s track meet Saturday may have had fans seeing double — it was the All Maroon Invite, featuring teams with maroon in their school colors.

On the boys side, Cheektowaga was champion with 201 points, followed by Orchard Park with 105, Dunkirk 82, Tonawanda 58 and Eden 53.

Dunkirk’s Anthony Ruiz won the steeplechase, and Efrain Santiago took third place. The Marauders’ 4×8 relay team of Ethan Yannie, Andre Lockett, Nate Ganey, and Gian Rivera took third. Issiah Velez took third in the 100m dash, Lockett came back to take third in the open 800, Ruiz took second in the 3200 run, and the 4×4 team of Miracle Berakah, Lockett, Ganey, and Nelson Rosario took third. Velez took second in the long jump, and Devin Eddy took third in the triple.

The Track MVP was Cheektowaga’s Seth Connor for winning the 100, 200, 400, and long jump, and the Field MVP was Art Jordan, also from Cheektowaga, with his first place in shotput and second place in discus.

On the girls’ side, Cheektowaga also won, with 208 points. Dunkirk placed second with 112, while Tonawanda scored 89 and Eden had a 79.

For Dunkirk, Sierra Jacques, Gabby Hart, Gabby Lobe, and Zoe Lobe won the 4×800 relay in 11:45.5. Jacques came back to take first in the 1500 run with a 5:45. Then the girls 4×1 of Taysmarie Otero, Jessica Beehler, Jericha Petrella, and Emilee Hanlon took first in 52.8. Hanlon and Petrella went 1-2 in the 400, running 101.4 and 101.7 respectively. The two then ran the 200, taking first and third, respectively in 26.7 and 27.8.

Julia Fred and Yuribeth Castro took second and third place, respectively, in the steeplechase. Beehler was second in the 100 dash. The 4×4 of Jacques, Castro, Hart, and Petrella then finished the track events off in a second place finish. The lone field event points came from Hanlon winning the high jump in 5-5.

The Track MVP went to Hanlon for her performances in the 200, 400 and 4×1, and the Field MVP went to Ally Alvira for her wins in the long jump, triple jump, 100 and 400 hurdles.

“It was a beautiful day for a track meet. All the coaches were happy to see some sun for once,” said Dunkirk coach Adam Woelfle. “The meet produced some pretty good times and results. This is a small invite but a nice tradition that has been going on for years where the meet just moves from school to school. It can be difficult at times to figure out which maroon team won, but it is all good fun. I’m happy with the results from my athletes. It’s still early in the season, and I can already see the progress being made.”

Dunkirk’s track team returns to league action on Tuesday in Falconer.