Fredonia boys, Dunkirk girls win rivalry showdowns on Dunkirk track

Cross-town rivals meet at DHS

OBSERVER Photo by Ron Szot Fredonia’s Diego Rey runs to victory in the boys 1,600 run at Dunkirk High School during Tuesday’s track meet against the Marauders.

OBSERVER Staff Report

Cross-town rivals met Tuesday in a CCAA high school track and field meet.

When it was all said and done, the Fredonia boys and Dunkirk girls left Dunkirk High School with victories.

The Hillbillies prevailed, 85-55, while the Lady Marauders edged the Lady Hillbillies, 71-63.

In the boys’ meet, Hessen Baghat was a triple winner for Fredonia, winning the high jump (5-feet-6 inches), pole vault (11-0) and the discus (108-0). Teammate Joel Colon was a double winner as he won the 100-meter and the 200 in times of :11.2 and :24.5, respectively. Also for Fredonia, Diego Rey ran the 1,600 at 5:56 and the 800 at 2:06.7, for first-place finishes.

OBSERVER Photo by Ron Szot Dunkirk’s Jericha Petrella competes in the girls 100-meter run during Tuesday’s track meet, against the Fredonia Hillbillies, at Dunkirk High School.

In the girls’ meet, Dunkirk’s Jericha Petrella was a triple winner with wins at (:12.8), 400 (1:03.4) and 200 (:27.3). Teammate Jessica Vasquez won the pole vault at 6-0.

Fredonia’s Emily Brown won the 3,000 with a time of 11:01.5 and the 400 hurdles, finishing at 1:07.3.

“Unfortunately, Fredonia was able to string together a few too many firsts for us to overcome, but just about every event was contested tightly and races were close,” Dunkirk coach Adam Woelfle said. “It was a good day for both teams and they really pushed each other. As much as we are rivals, there are a lot of friendships between the two teams, which really brings out even more competition and just a good atmosphere.”

Before the meet, Dunkirk recognized its 12 seniors, competing for their final time at home. Those seniors were Olivia Surma, Owen Fred, Tiwallace Perry, Ethan Yannie, Zac Cooper, Matt Hanlon, Jacob Crino, Angel Reyes, Devin Eddy, Efrain Santiago, Nelson Rosario, Anthony Ruiz and Jonah Rosas.

“Their time and dedication to the programs have been greatly appreciated, and will surely be missed,” Woelfle concluded.

Dunkirk will be back in action as they head to Hamburg for the Rodrick Relays on Friday.

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