Dunkirk-Silver Creek, Fredonia indoor track teams have success at Houghton

HOUGHTON — The Dunkirk-Silver Creek and Fredonia indoor varsity track teams competed at Houghton College on Saturday and with it, there were new sectional qualifiers along with a couple new school records.

Jericha Petrella of Dunkirk-Silver Creek finished first in the 600 meter race with a 1:40.92 while also placing fourth in the 300 with a time of 43.06. Juliana Flick also provided a highlight, finishing third in the 1,000 with a 3:15.73.

The next highlight came from the Dunkirk-Silver Creek 4X800 relay team of Petrella, Flick, Sierra Jacques and Ellie Decker, as they ran a 10:37.07 which was good for second place and a new school record, breaking a record set by last years 4X800 team.

In the field, Emma Romanick cleared 6’6” in the pole vault good for seventh place while Alina Beadle threw 32′ 2.5″ to take sixth in the shot put and qualify herself for sectionals.

“We’re at about the middle of the season now, competition is getting tough,” said Dunkirk-Silver Creek head coach Adam Woelfle. “Training plans are starting to pay off and show their results.”

For Fredonia, Emily Brown picked up two second place finishes in both the 3,000 and the 1,000, which was a new school record that was last broken in 2016. Jack Carlson broke his own school record set earlier this season in the 1,600 in a time of 4:38.02. Along with Carlson and Brown, Andrew Kennedy set a school record in the 300 dash with a time of 40.01.

“It is great to see Andrew, Jack, and Emily set new school records and it was a good day for many others on the team as well,” said Fredonia head coach Thomas Stokes. “Eleven other personal bests were set today which reflects the work the kids are putting in.”

Dunkirk-Silver Creek will head back to Houghton next week for another varsity select meet with one last chance to crack the top 16 in events to compete at the Section V vs. Section VI meet on Jan 19.