Dunkirk, Fredonia compete at Varsity Challenge Saturday

OBSERVER Staff Report

The Varsity Challenge was held Saturday, as indoor track and field athletes converged in the Steele Hall Fieldhouse to determine the top six pairings in Section 6.

For Dunkirk, the 4×800-meter relay team of Ray Tarnowski, Ethan Francis, Kevin Morales and Javier Soto set a new school record with their time of 8:55.1. Dunkirk head coach Kurt Warmbrodt noted that the record was a long time coming for the quartet.

“They’ve been working hard all year and have come very close to the school record,” Warmbrodt said. “They finally got it (Saturday).”

The previous record of 8:57.4 was set in 2009 by Zach Sliwa, Mike Waclawski, Alex Gonzalez and Chris Martinez.

“There was only one senior of the four,” Warmbrodt said referring to Morales. “So it’s very nice for him to have gotten (the record) with just two meets left. It’s quite an accomplishment by the four boys.”

Morales also helped the 4×200 relay team to a fourth-place finish. Joining Morales were Verek Nixon, Nick Stolinski and Nick Barlette. The four finished the race in a time of 1:42.9.

For the Lady Marauders, Lisa Dunbar finished the 55 in a time of :07.81, which helped improve her Sectional standing. Dunbar teamed with Emilee Hanlon to finish fourth in the 55 in a time of :08.17.

In the 4×200 relay, Dunbar, Hanlon, Calan Pogorzelski and Samantha Hemenger took seventh in a time of 1:58.9 while in the triple jump, Amanda Michalski and Hemenger’s combined distance of 61-feet, 1-inch was good enough for sixth place.

For Fredonia, Matt Civilette and Garret Johnson’s combined distance of 78-10 1/4 was good enough for second in the triple jump. Johnson’s leap of 36-1 1/4 was a personal best while Civilette set a personal best in the long jump with his leap of 20-3.

“He competed with a broken wrist,” Fredonia head coach Mike Marshall said of Civilette. “He suffered it a couple of weeks ago and was just cleared by the doctor. He’s No. 1 in the triple jump in the Section.”