Graham, Dunbar shine in DHS sweep

Rashad Graham was a triple winner Tuesday for the Dunkirk boys track and field team, as the Marauders (2-0) ran past Silver Creek-Forestville (0-2), 96-45, during CCAA Division 1 action at Karl Hoeppner Field.

“Rashad has come around quite nicely,” Dunkirk head coach Kurt Warmbrodt said. “It’s good to see him healthy and improving.

Graham won the 400-meter event in 54.9 seconds while taking first in the long jump (18-feet, 7-inches) and the high jump (5-10). He also helped Verek Nixon, Kevin Morales and Nick Barlette win the 4×100 relay in a time of 45.6 seconds.

“We’re just happy everyone is healthy and ready to go for Friday,” Warmbrodt added, noting that the Dunkirk Invitational will begin on Friday at 4:30 p.m. With the steeplechase. “We’re looking forward to getting out there.”

Aside from helping the 4×100 relay team to victory, Barlette also helped the 4×400 team to a first-place finish in a time of 3:45.8. Joining Barlette on the team were Nixon, Ray Tarnowski and Ethan Francis, who took first in the 1,600 in a time of 5:04.5. Barlette also added a first-place finish in the 100 (:11.5) while Morales took first in the 800 (2:17.1) and Alex Williams took first in both the shot put (41-1-1/2) and the discus (108-1).

For Silver Creek-Forestville, Tyler Bain won the 200 (:24.1), James Feldmann won the triple jump (36-7) and Mike Elwell took the top spot in the pole vault with his height of 11-feet.

In the girls’ meet, Lisa Dunbar set a school record in the pole vault, as she cleared 9-feet and finished first in the event, as the Lady Marauders topped Silver Creek-Forestville, 103-38.

“This is the type of meet that we’ve been waiting for,” Dunkirk girls’ coach A.J. Burnside said. “We had many breakout events for our younger runners.

“That shows our depth in these meets,” Burnside continued. “The inner-squad competition that we’ve had all season has given the girls the motivation to work harder than any team I’ve ever coached.”

Dunbar, a senior, also took first place in the 100 (:12.9) and helped the 4×100 relay team finish first with a Sectional-qualifying time of 53.2 seconds. Dunbar’s time in the 100 was two-tenths of a second slower than the school record held by Melissa Thomas.

Junior Rachel Rosas took first in the 800 and 1,500 and was also a part of the winning 4×800 relay team, which finished with a Sectional-qualifying time.

Also for the Lady Marauders, senior Janelle Jasinski took first in the high jump and 200 and helped the 4×100 relay team to victory. Jasinski’s time in the 200 was good enough for Sectional consideration. Calan Pogorzelski, a sophomore, finished first in the 400, and the 3,000 and was a member of the winning 4×800 relay team. Freshman Samiyha Toomer finished the 200 in 28 seconds, which was good enough for Sectional consideration.

The winning 4×100 relay team was made up of Dunbar, sophomore Samantha Hemenger, Toomer and Jasinski while Rosas, seventh grader Julia Fred, junior Ashlyn Moore and Pogorzelski comprised the 4×800 team.