Fredonia track teams top Gowanda

OBSERVER Photos by Mary Ann Wiberg Gowanda’s Nick Christopher and Fredonia’s Kevin Redfield run in relay races Tuesday during a track meet at Fredonia High School.

Fredonia High School’s boys and girls track and field teams defeated Gowanda’s squads in the teams’ first league meet of the season Tuesday.


Tyler Field won four events for host Fredonia. He took the 100 (11.7 seconds), 200 (24.3) and high jump (5 feet, 6 inches), and was on the winning 400 relay team with Dyress Batten, Nate Shuart and Andrew Kennedy (48.4).

Fredonia’s Diego Rey was a three-time winner victorious in the 400 (54.8), 800 (2:10.3), and the 3,200 relay with Jack Carlson, Joshua Johnson, and Kevin Redfield (9:42.6). His teammate, Rian Budzinski, took the 400 hurdles (1:04.7) and the long jump (18′ 1/2″).

Shuart also won the shot put (39’8“) and discus (114’3”). Carlson, a freshman, also won the 1600 (4:46.1). Johnson won the 3,200 in 10:41.6 while Hessen Baghat took the pole vault event with a high of 11 feet, 6 inches.

Austin Jankowski won two events for Gowanda, the 110 hurdles and the triple jump. The Panthers’ 1,600 relay team of Zac Nash, Danny Flaig, Nick Christopher and Dominick Rodriguez won their race in 4:39.1.

Fredonia and Gowanda are both scheduled to compete next in Dunkirk’s track meet on Friday.


The Lady Billies won every event.

Anna Buchanan took home four victories. She won two individual events, the 800 (2:59.2) and triple jump (28’1″). She also competed on the 3,200 relay team with Emily Brown and Ashlyn Ambrose, and the 400 relay with Fontini Landis, Mindy Waag and Lydia Lanski.

Landis won the 100 (13.4) and the 200 (28.6) as well. Brown also won the 400m hurdles (1:09.8) and the 3,000 (12:22.4). Waag took home victories in the pole vault (8’0“) and long jump (13’8”), while Lauren Kluck won the shot put (28′ 9“) and the discus (79′ 8”). Ambrose was the 1500 winner in 6:02, Lydia Lanski won the 100 hurdles in 16.9, Claire Lanski took the 400 in 1:11.2 and Claire Stokes was victorious in the high jump (4’10”).