Dunkirk’s Petrella continues County dominance in 400

OBSERVER File Photo Dunkirk’s Jericha Petrella won the 400m event at the County Championship track and field meet in Olean over the weekend, with a time of 1:00.03.

OBSERVER Staff Report

OLEAN — The Dunkirk Marauders competed at the second day of counties on Saturday and had some pretty good results, highlighted by an individual champion, Jericha Petrella.

For the Dunkirk girls on the track, Petrella continued her county dominance in the 400m, winning in 1:00.03. Octavia Porter took third in the 200m in a time of 27.30, then Porter came back to take 13th in 400m. Siera Porpiglia ran in the 1,500m to a personal best in 5:56.56.

For the Dunkirk boys, in the 110 hurdles, Josiah Cox finished 11th and hit the provisional sectional time, while teammate Matt Hanlon finished seventh with a time of 17.47. The Dunkirk duo also competed in the 400 hurdles, with both running season bests — Cox in 12th in 1:05.02 and Hanlon in sixth with a 1:00.94. In the 200m, Jonah Rosas finished fourth and Nelson Rosario took 11th. In the 100m, Devin Eddy finished 12th. Miracle Berkah competed in the 400m event for the Dunkirk boys, and finished sixth in 53.07. Ethan Yannie finished out his track career at Dunkirk, finishing 17th in the 1,600m. Efrain Santiago also finished his track career in Dunkirk, finishing sixth in the steeplechase.

For the relays, the Dunkirk girls 4×400 team of Porter, Petrella, Siera Jacques and Jessica Vasquez took fifth, as did the boys team of Berakah, Rosas, Rosario and Hanlon. The boys 4×100 relay team of Rosas, Eddy, Rosario and Berakah were the other Dunkirk champions of the night, winning in 45.66.

In the field, Zac Cooper finished 11th in the discus, as Alex Navarro finished 23rd. Devin Eddy took third in the long jump with a leap of 19-feet-10.5-inches, while teammate Angel Reyes finished 15th.

The Dunkirk girls pole vaulters, Olivia Surma and Gabi Loeb, both set personal bests this weekend. Surma cleared 7-feet-6-inches and Loeb cleared 7-feet in their final meets.

Next week Dunkirk will be traveling to sectionals at Williamsville South High School. The list of potential qualifiers for sectionals for Dunkirk is both the girls and boys 4×400 relay teams, the boys 4×100 relay team, as well as Rosas, Petrella, Hanlon, Cox, Porter, Berakah and Anthony Ruiz in individual events. They will all learn their fates on Monday.