Hillbillies, Marauders compete at Houghton

OBSERVER Staff Reports

HOUGHTON — The Fredonia Hillbillies set five school records on Saturday at the Houghton Indoor Track Invitational at Houghton College.

Oliver Madariaga broke the school record in the 300m dash in a time of 39.97. The previous record was set earlier this year by Andrew Kennedy.

Diego Rey also broke the school record in the 1600 meter run, winning the event with a time of 4:36.84. His time broke the record set by Jack Carlson set earlier this year.

Rey’s fellow cross country standout Emily Brown also lowered her own mark in the 1500m run with a time of 4:50.87. Emily finished second with the effort on Saturday.

Hessen Bahgat set a new school record while finishing third in the high jump with a height of 5-feet-8-inches. The jump broke the record held by Matt McCarthy, set in 2014. Bahgat also finished fourth in the pole vault with a jump of 11-feet-6-inches.

The Fredonia boys 4x400m relay team of Rian Budzinski, Kevin Redfield, Andrew Kennedy and Diego Rey set a school record with a time of 3:49.81, finishing eighth on Saturday. The previous Fredonia record was set last year.

Personal bests were added on Saturday by Zach Dawley (shot put), Hessen Bahgat (triple jump), T.J. Stokes (1000m), Gianna Gullo (shot put) and Isabella Fernandez (long jump).

Two more Marauders qualify for sectionals

HOUGHTON — The Dunkirk/Silver Creek Marauders also competed at the Houghton College meet on Saturday with many favorable results.

Dunkirk/Silver Creek’s Jonah Rosas qualified for sectionals with a time of 7.03 in the 55m dash. Sierra Jacques also qualified for sectionals in the 600m, with a time of 1:47.72, good for sixth place on Saturday. Juliana Flick finished seventh in the 1500m with a time of 5:16.97, while Jericha Petrella ran a 43.18 in the 300m, to finish seventh, as well.

In the relays, the Dunkirk/Silver Creek girls 4x800m team of Jacques, Julia Kennedy, Sierra Porpiglia and Flick finished fifth in 11:06.48. The Dunkirk/Silver Creek boys 4x400m team of Rosas, Miracle Berakah, Angel Reyes and Nelson Rosario took seventh in 3:47.45.

The girls 4x200m team of Kylie Procknal, Katie Castaglia, Chloe Vecchio and Jacques took seventh in 1:58.94, while the boys 4x200m team of Rosas, Angel Rios, Matt Hanlon and Rosario took fifth in 1:40.12 for Dunkirk/Silver Creek.

In the field, Emma Romanik took seventh in the pole vault, clearing 7-feet. Zac Cooper took eighth in shot put throwing 38-feet-5-inches. Sophia Stalacia took sixth, throwing 29-feet-2.5-inches, and her partner, Alina Beadle took fourth throwing 33-feet-2-inches for Dunkirk/Silver Creek.

“I was very pleased and impressed with the results this week,” said Dunkirk/Silver Creek coach Adam Woelfle. “A few of our elite athletes ran Friday night and then came back and performed well, and we also had some others on rest this week. Indoor is the longest season of the three (running sports) … so now is when we make adjustments to keep them healthy and competitive for the second half of the year.”

Some of Dunkirk/Silver Creek’s athletes will be back in action next weekend, as the team heads back to Houghton for the ‘Section V vs. Section VI Battle of the West’. Only the top 16 athletes for each section will compete in the individual events, and each team may enter a relay.

“I am excited to see some of our athletes get different competition,” said Woelfle.