FHS boys finish 3rd, Gowanda girls 1st

OBSERVER Staff Report

BEMUS POINT – Fredonia’s boys’ cross country team placed third in the small school race Saturday at the Sixth Annual Red Dragon Invitational, held at Long Point State Park.

“Anytime you have your top four run within a minute of each other, that’s a good sign for the season,” Fredonia head coach Carol Zirkle said. “All of the boys that we had tun in the varsity race improved their time from last season, so that shows a lot of promise for this year.”

The Hillbillies finished with 97 points, 27 behind second-place Southwestern (70) and 37 behind first-place Barker (60).

Leading the way for Fredonia was Josh Goodhue, who finished in a time of 17:43.9. He was followed on the Hillbillies by Mike Meredith (10th, 17:51.81), Stephen Formanowicz (20th, 18:17.78), Ryan Meredith (18:38.58), Nick Arcoraci (51st, 19:54.58), Cameron Foster (59th, 20:27.34) and Will Schrantz (71st, 21:27.68).

“He ran a good race,” Zirkle said of Goodhue. “And (Mike) Meredith and (Stephen) Formanowicz both improved their times from last season by over a minute. We’re really happy with the race they ran.”

Also in the small schools race, Gowanda finished seventh with 185 points, and were paced by Johnny Shaw’s 23rd-place finish. Shaw crossed the finish line in a time of 18:31.46 and was followed on the Panthers by Joey Kruszka (28th, 18:44.08), Ian Warrior (34th, 19:06.49), Ben Myzel (43rd, 19:29.99), Ryan Monat (62nd, 20:34.81), Corey Wagner (75th, 21:55.11) and Thomas Fantaskie (83rd, 23:39.24).

For eighth-place Silver Creek, which finished with 190 points, Jake Mullen (18:38.14) led the way with his 26th-place finish and was followed by Tyler Steklasa (36th, 19:19.87), Ryan Ruia (41st, 19:24.78), James Corbin (44th, 19:32.34), Jake McDaneld (50th, 19:47.21), James Feldman (60th, 20:30.81), Jack McAlevey (69th, 21:00.99).

Allegany-Limestone’s Owen Barber (16:36.43) was first and was followed by Southwestern teammates Jordan Powers (16:49.96) and Ryan Hetrick (16:54.68).

In the Varsity 1 race, Lake Shore finished fifth with 119 points while Dunkirk was 10th with 225. Finishing first was Pittsburgh Central Catholic with 63 points while Lockport (92) and Starpoint (103) was third.

The Eagles’ T.J. Hornberger took home the top spot in the race with his time of 15:31.84 and was followed on the team by Ian Yargeau (14th, 17:37.62), Josh Wheeler (19th, 17:54.40), Calvin Butlak (26th, 18:05.65), Drew Brueckl (62nd, 20:00.27), John Wasielewski (67th, 20:12.93) and Brendan Wheeler (70th, 20:22.27).

Finishing for Dunkirk, which finished 10th with 225 points, were Javier Soto (18th, 17:53.21), Ray Tarnowski (33rd, 18:19.05), Ethan Francis (40th, 18:46.05), Tom Logan (71st, 20:25.78) and Billy Bradley (74th, 20:33.34).

“The race went really well and our kids ran well,” said Dunkirk coach Kurt Warmbrodt. “It was a challeging course and a tough competition. We are a small school but ran with the large schools today. I’m very happy with our progress. It was a nice day for running. The course was in very good shape and they did a great job filling in the wet spots.”

In the large-school race, Maple Grove dominated the competition despite the fact that they ran with the large schools. Maple Grove finished with 36 points, 29 points better than second place Starpoint (65). Lockport finished third with 73 points.

Sophomore Hope Pietrocarlo led the way for Maple Grove by finishing second with a time of 19:32.58. She was followed by teammates Caroline Benson (5th, 20:08.93), Taylor Norris (7th, 20:32.68), Grace Auer (9th, 20:51.46), Kristin Kelemen (13th, 21:26.34), Abby Sirwatka (23rd, 22:42.40) and Elysa Meekins (41st, 24:40.24). Maple Grove placed a total of four runners in the top 10.

Dunkirk finished with no score due to not having enough female runners to qualify. Calan Porgirzelski was Dunkirk’s top runner, finishing in 46th place with a time of 24:57.52. Also for Dunkirk, Hannah McCrady finished 60th at 33:45.30.

In the small school race, Gowanda took first place with 54 points followed by Fredonia in second place (60) and Silver Creek in fourth (135).

“I’m extremely proud of the whole team,” Gowanda head coach Pete Palmer said. “They work very hard the whole summer and the dividends are starting to show. In particular, I’m proud of Nina Roman. It’s only her second varsity race and she stepped up to secure the win for us.”

Hunter Samuelson was Gowanda’s top runner finishing in 6th place with a time of 20:55.46. She was followed by fellow Lady Panthers Colleen Steward (7th, 21:11.90), Katelyn Jaroszewski (8th, 21:22.81), Sarah Grubbs (11th, 21:35.49), Nina Roman (23rd, 23:09.08), Lexi Latona (31st, 23:50.30) and Elizabeth Omicioli (44th, 24:13.90).

Gwen Stokes of Fredonia finished in second place with a time of 20:31.40. Also finishing for Fredonia were Michaela Tramuta (5th, 20:47.34), Emily Wan (9th, 21:26.40), Jillian Kowalski (18th, 22:18.52), Skylar Salim (27th, 23:35.40), Maitland Longworthy (29th, 23:36.87) and Mary Polvino (37th, 24:05.27).

“The top three girls ran very well for us,” Zirkle added. “Gwen Stokes was our top girl and she improved 50 seconds from last season. This was a key race for her and she went out and ran a good race from start to finish. I think this was a real confidence builder for her to go out and run that well.”

Hannah Seiders led Silver Creek with a time of 20:44.14 and finished in fourth place. Emma Seiders took 10th place with a time of 21:32.40 followed by Rachel Radack (24th, 23:11.18), Claire Castiglia (45th, 24:24.84), Carol Peltz (60th, 26:03.78) and Taylor Steeprock (68th, 27:30.87).

For eighth-place Silver Creek, which finished with 190 points, Jake Mullen (18:38.14) led the way with his 26th-place finish and was followed by Tyler Steklasa (36th, 19:19.87), Ryan Ruia (41st, 19:24.78), James Corbin (44th, 19:32.34), Jake McDaneld (50th, 19:47.21), James Feldman (60th, 20:30.81), Jack McAlevey (69th, 21:00.99).

Allegany-Limestone’s Owen Barber (16:36.43) was first and was followed by Southwestern teammates Jordan Powers (16:49.96) and Ryan Hetrick (16:54.68).

In the Varsity 1 race, Lake Shore finished fifth with 119 points while Dunkirk was 10th with 225. Finishing first was Pittsburgh Central Catholic with 63 points while Lockport (92) was second and Starpoint (103) was third.

The Eagles’ T.J. Hornberger took home the top spot in the race with his time of 15:31.84 and was followed on the team by Ian Yargeau (14th, 17:37.62), Josh Wheeler (19th, 17:54.40), Calvin Butlak (26th, 18:05.65), Drew Brueckl (62nd, 20:00.27), John Wasielewski (67th, 20:12.93) and Brendan Wheeler (70th, 20:22.27).

Finishing for Dunkirk, which finished 10th with 225 points, were Javier Soto (18th, 17:53.21), Ray Tarnowski (33rd, 18:19.05), Ethan Francis (40th, 18:46.05), Tom Logan (71st, 20:25.78) and Billy Bradley (74th, 20:33.34).

“The race went really well and our kids ran well,” said Dunkirk coach Kurt Warmbrodt. “It was a challenging course and a tough competition. We are a small school but ran with the large schools today. I’m very happy with our progress. It was a nice day for running. The course was in very good shape and they did a great job filling in the wet spots.”

In the large-school race, Maple Grove dominated the competition despite the fact that they ran with the large schools. Maple Grove finished with 36 points, 29 points better than second-place Starpoint (65). Lockport finished third with 73 points.

Sophomore Hope Pietrocarlo led the way for Maple Grove by finishing second with a time of 19:32.58. She was followed by teammates Caroline Benson (5th, 20:08.93), Taylor Norris (7th, 20:32.68), Grace Auer (9th, 20:51.46), Kristin Kelemen (13th, 21:26.34), Abby Sirwatka (23rd, 22:42.40) and Elysa Meekins (41st, 24:40.24). Maple Grove placed a total of four runners in the top 10.

Dunkirk finished with no score due to not having enough female runners to qualify. Calan Pogorzelski was Dunkirk’s top runner, finishing in 46th place with a time of 24:57.52. Also for Dunkirk, Hannah McCrady finished 60th at 33:45.30.

In the small school race, Gowanda took first place with 54 points followed by Fredonia in second place (60) and Silver Creek in fourth (135).

“I’m extremely proud of the whole team,” Gowanda head coach Pete Palmer said. “They worked very hard the whole summer and the dividends are starting to show. In particular, I’m proud of Nina Roman. It’s only her second varsity race and she stepped up to secure the win for us.”

Hunter Samuelson was Gowanda’s top runner finishing in 6th place with a time of 20:55.46. She was followed by fellow Lady Panthers Colleen Steward (7th, 21:11.90), Katelyn Jaroszewski (8th, 21:22.81), Sarah Grubbs (11th, 21:35.49), Nina Roman (23rd, 23:09.08), Lexi Latona (31st, 23:50.30) and Elizabeth Omicioli (44th, 24:13.90).

Gwen Stokes of Fredonia finished in second place with a time of 20:31.40. Also finishing for Fredonia were Michaela Tramuta (5th, 20:47.34), Emily Wan (9th, 21:26.40), Jillian Kowalski (18th, 22:18.52), Skylar Salim (27th, 23:35.40), Maitland Langworthy (29th, 23:36.87) and Mary Polvino (37th, 24:05.27).

“The top three girls ran very well for us,” Zirkle added. “Gwen Stokes was our top girl and she improved 50 seconds from last season. This was a key race for her and she went out and ran a good race from start to finish. I think this was a real confidence builder for her to go out and run that well.”

Hannah Seiders led Silver Creek with a time of 20:44.14 and finished in fourth place. Emma Seiders took 10th place with a time of 21:32.40 followed by Rachel Radack (24th, 23:11.18), Claire Castiglia (45th, 24:24.84), Carol Peltz (60th, 26:03.78) and Taylor Steeprock (68th, 27:30.87).