Dunkirk has strong showing in win over Gowanda

GOWANDA – Nick Barlette, Rashad Graham and Alex Williams were each double winners in leading the Dunkirk Marauders to a convincing 101-40 victory over Gowanda on Monday in CCAA Division 1 boys high school track and field.

Barlette won the 100-meter run with a time of :11.2 and the 200 with a time of :23.8. Graham was victorious in the high jump with a leap of 10-feet-3 inches and the 400, crossing the finish line in :55.3.

Williams took first place in both the shot put and the discus with throws of 40-10 and 101-8, respectively.

“It was an all-around team effort,”?Dunkirk coach?Kurt Warmbrodt said. “Their times are getting better. Today was a cold, windy day so we’re happy with the times and distances. We are looking forward to getting these guys primed for the league meet in?Olean, and getting their times down for Sectionals.”

In the girls meet, the Dunkirk Lady Marauders needed a win in the 4-by-400-meter relay and got one to defeat the Gowanda Lady Panthers (0-5), 71-66, for their first winning season in more than 15 years.

The team of Lisa Dunbar, Faith Rivera, Rachel Rosas and Samiyha Toomer won in a time of 4:31 in the final event of the afternoon to grab the win.

Dunbar also claimed a pair of individual wins in the 100 (:13.0) and the 400 (1:04.1) while Agape Berakah swept the shot put (29-9) and the discus (77-21). Amanda Michalski took both the long jump (13-11 3/4) and the triple jump (32-3 1/2) to support the Lady Marauders.

Colleen Steward took the 1500 (5:27), the 800 (2:31.5) and the 3000 (12:32.6) to lead the Lady Panthers in a losing effort while Kelsey Eddy took the 100 hurdles (:18.3) and the high jump (4-5) in a losing effort. Gowanda’s relay teams took both the 4-by-800 (11:09.5) and the 4-by-100 (:56.2).

Hunter Samuelson won her pole vault debut for the Lady Panthers, the only participant to clear the six-foot mark. She also took the 400 hurdles in a time of 1:15.

“I’m very pleased with the showing of the girls,” Gowanda coach Pete Palmer said. “I think they stepped up and gave Dunkirk a run for their money.”

The Lady Panthers’ next league meet is Monday against Silver Creek-Forestville.

As for?Dunkirk, coach AJ?Burnside is looking for a stronger performance from his athletes.

“This is our second meet in a row where our girls were outperformed,” he said. “We have hit a wall for performances and we need to be better both physically and mentally. We are done with league meets now and we can start to focus on the ‘playoff’ part of our season. A few hard practices in a row will hopefully pull us out of this funk.

“A few years back it seemed impossible to win one meet, let alone four,”?Burnside concluded. “It’s great to have a winning season. A bunch of the girls that are done are already talking about next season. The excitement is contagious for sure.”