Fredonia’s Civilette moving on to State meet
Matt Civilette will represent Fredonia’s boys indoor track and field team at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association’s Indoor Track and Field Championships after taking first in the triple jump at Sectionals on Thursday at Fredonia State.
“He’s worked real hard all year,” Fredonia head coach Mike Marshall said. “He’s only a junior and he led the league in the triple jump for most of the year. This was a real tough contest.”
Indeed it was, as Civilette won with a jump of 42-feet, 2 1/2-inches, but not before the event had to go to a tiebreaker.
Civilette also finished fourth in the long jump, setting a personal best at 20-8. Civilette will compete at Cornell University on March 2 at the state meet.
In other boys’ action, Dunkirk’s 4×800-meter relay team of Ray Tarnowski, Ethan Francis, Kevin Morales and Javier Soto took sixth in a time of 9:03.2. The 4×200 team of Rashad Graham, Morales, Verek Nixon and Nick Barlette also finished sixth, crossing the finish line in a time of 1:41.17.
Meanwhile, the 4×400 relay team of Francis, Tarnowski, Soto and Graham took seventh in a time of 3:53.14. Graham also took sixth in the high jump at 5-8. Barlette was 11th in the 55 in :07.10 while Nixon ran the same event in a time of :07.23.
In the girls’ events, the Lady Marauders were led by a school-record performance in the 4×200 relay, as Calan Pogorzelski, Samantha Hemenger, Emilee Hanlon and Lisa Dunbar crossed the finish line in a time of 1:56.33. The quartet passed the old school record set in 2003 by Karly Benamati, Jenna Csont, Sarah Reilly and Melissa Thomas.
“(I was) just happy to see the 4X200 relay girls set a school record,” Dunkirk head coach Kurt Warmbrodt said. “Quite an accomplishment. After the last two weeks of coming very close to this record, it’s very nice to see.
“Calan Pogorzelski has her name in the 4X100, 4X200 and 4X800 school record books,” Warmbrodt continued. “For a 10th-grade girl, I couldn’t be happier for her and she has two more years to continue her efforts.”
Dunbar finished 11th in the 55 semifinals (:07.93) and competed in the pole vault, stopping at 8-feet.
Also for Dunkirk, Hanlon finished the 55 in a time of 8.08 seconds while Amanda Michalski jumped 30-10 3/4 in the triple jump and ran a :10.36 in the 55 hurdles. Hemenger had a distance of 29-6 in the triple jump.
For the Fredonia girls, Nicole Woleben took sixth in the 55 hurdles in a time of 9.95 seconds, Ally Cobb was eighth in the 300 (:46.9) and Miranda Warner was fifth in the high jump (4-10).
Marshall was happy with the success his girls had this season, noting the six school records that were topped over the winter, including the shot put, high jump, 55 hurdles, triple jump, 1,000 and 4×400 relay marks.
Courtney Styborski (29-10) broke Andrea Hurley’s 2010 record of 29-5 1/2 while Warner set a new school record in the high jump at 4-10. Katie Bartkowiak held the old mark at 4-4. In the 55 hurdles, Woleben took over the top spot with her time of 9.59 seconds. Joanna Rose had the old top time of 9.7 seconds. Devin Kowalewski broke the triple jump distance of 32-feet, which was set by Ani Zdrojewski in 2007. Kowalewski’s best distance this season was 32-1/4. Then, in the 1,000, Jillian Kowalski set a new time of 3:21, a second faster than Christianna Martin’s 2003 time. Finally, in the 4×400, Cobb, Emily Wan, Woleben and Kowalewski (4:40) took nearly one minute off the school record time of 5:28. The old record was set in 2002 by Kaitlin Gates, Emma Weigle, Aubrey Hannum and Mary Siragusa.