Local athletes comepete at Section 6 meet

YORKSHIRE – Fredonia’s Matt Civilette won the Section 6 Division II triple jump after leaping a season- and personal-best 44-feet at Pioneer High School on Friday during the Section 6 Track and Field Championships.

“He was seeded fifth,” Fredonia boys’ track and field coach Bob Ball said. “His best jump this year was 41 (feet)-10 (inches) and his best jump in his career was 41 (feet)-11-3/4 (inches), so he bettered that by a little over a foot. And he did it on his first jump. He had been out for a week and a half with a broken arm, so his legs were fresh, which I think made the difference.”

The win qualified Civilette for the New York State Public High School Athletic Association’s Division II meet at Middletown High School, in Middletown, N.Y.

“Two out of his six jumps Friday would have taken first,” Ball said.

The next closest competitor to Civilette was Olean’s Adam Pecherzewski, who leapt 43-7.

“We were pleased that he bettered his personal best by a foot at the end of the season,” Ball added. “And it shows that what we’re doing is right as far as our formula goes.”

Also for Fredonia, Pat McCarthy will be seeded first heading into today’s finals, as he had the top time in the 400-meter hurdles at 58.55 seconds. He was ninth in the 110 hurdles after finishing in a time of 16.93 seconds.

For the Dunkirk boys, Rashad Graham will return for today’s finals in the 400 as he finished eighth Friday in the preliminaries in a time of 52.94 seconds. He also helped the 4×100 relay team to a fourth-place finish in a time of 45.29 seconds. Joining Graham were Nick Barlette, Verek Nixon and Kevin Morales.

Also for Dunkirk, Barlette earned a spot in the finals after finishing sixth in the 100 in a time of 11.44 seconds. Barlette also finished 15th in the 200 in a time of 24.54 seconds. In other events, Javier Soto finished eighth in the 3,200 in a time of 10:33.56.

“It was a personal best,” Dunkirk boys’ track and field coach Kurt Warmbrodt said of Soto’s time. “But with the heat of the day, he was able to move up from the 14th seed to eighth.”

Alex Williams also set a personal best for the Marauders, as he finished 11th with a toss of 44-5 in the shot put. His previous personal best was 43-3.

For Silver Creek, Tyler Bain finished 10th in the 100 (:11.80) and sixth in the 200 (23.80), which qualified him to return for the finals. Michael Elwell was third in the pole vault with his height of 13-6.

For Gowanda, Kevin Frederickson was third in the 400 hurdles (:59.58) and will run in today’s finals.

In the girls’ events, Fredonia’s Lauren Reyda was third in the 3,000 in a time of 10:51 while Dunkirk’s Janelle Jasinski is in third place after three events in the pentathlon with 1,534 points. She finished fourth in the 100 hurdles in a personal-best time of 17.35 seconds, fifth in the high jump (4-8-1/4) and second in the shot put with a personal-best throw of 27-11.

Also for the Lady Marauders, Lisa Dunbar finished 12th in the 100 (:13.47), 14th in the 400 (1:03.87) and helped the 4×100 relay team to a 11th-place finish in a time of 53.05 seconds. Joining Dunbar were Samantha Hemenger, Savia Moreland and Calan Pogorzelski. Rachel Rosas took 11th in the 800 with a personal-best time of 2:28.44.

“All of our athletes really showed their dedication (Friday) and left their hearts on the track,” Dunkirk girls’ track and field coach A.J. Burnside said. “Rachel ran an amazing 800 and has a few more races tomorrow. Lisa (Dunbar) didn’t do as well as she would have liked in her sprints, but it’s hard to have peak times in this heat. Janelle has some work left to do (today), but she’s right where we need her to be in the pentathlon. I’ve coached Lisa and Janelle for five years now and they still find new ways to amaze me.”

For Silver Creek, Hannah Seiders was third in the 400 in a time of 1:06.51 and qualified for the finals while also finishing 11th in the 100 hurdles in a time of 16.91 seconds.