Soto takes first; Fredonia girls win

Dunkirk’s Javier Soto took first place at the Annual Dunkirk Invitational on Friday at Point Gratiot, but St. Francis took first place in the boys’ race.

Soto, and teammate Ethan Francis took the top two spots. Soto finished the 3.1-mile course with a time of 17:43.43 while Francis crossed the finish line with a time of 17:59.52.

“The race went very well for us,” Dunkirk coach Kurt Warmbrodt said. “We were missing our third and fourth runners, so all in all, we were happy to come in second. We also want to thank the city (of Dunkirk). They were able to mow the course two mower cuts wide; it was a wonderful place to be. The weather was absolutely perfect as well.”

St. Francis took first place with 41 points, followed by Dunkirk 52, Silver Creek 57 and Fredonia 69.

Silver Creek’s Caleb Makuch took third place at 18:32.74 while Fredonia’s Stephen Formanowicz was close behind at 18:38.24 for fourth place.

The Marauders received an eighth-place finish from Ray Tarnowski with a time of 19:08.71, followed by Fredonia’s Josh Goodhue at 19:15.96. Silver Creek’s Jake Mullen placed 10th with a time of 19:17.24 while teammate Ryan Ruia took 13th at 19:29.93. Behind Ruia was Fredonia’s Ryan Meredith at 19:33.58.

Silver Creek’s Jack McAlevey (19:43.27), James Corbin (19:44.93) and Jakob McDaneld (19:49.24) took places 15, 16 and 17, respectively.

Dunkirk’s Tom Logan placed 18th at 19:56.37. The Marauders’ fifth runner, Billy Bradley placed 25th, as he finished in 20:48.49.

For the Hillbillies, Jacob Eckman took 20th at 20:01.99 and Nick Arcoraci placed 22nd at 20:18.90.

In the girls’ race, it was Fredonia narrowly edging out Silver Creek to take the top spot with 27 points. Silver Creek finished three points behind with a total of 30. Dunkirk finished incomplete.

Fredonia’s Gwen Stokes finished first in a time of 21:09.21. Michaela Tramuta was the next Fredonia finisher in fourth place at 21:43.52. Right behind Tramuta was Claire O’Brien who finished in 22:37.74. Also for Fredonia, Maitland Langworthy came in eighth place with a time of 23:46.46 and rounding out Fredonia’s top-five finishers, was Mary Polvino in ninth (24:31.74).

Silver Creek was once again led by the Seiders sisters. Emma Seiders was the Black Knights’ top finisher in second place with a time of 21:23.87. Hannah Seiders finished third at 21:38.43 followed by sixth and seventh place finishers Rachel Radack and Sarah Adams who finished with times of 22:54.49 and 23:17.46, respectively. Claire Castiglia finished 12th in 24:55.49.

Dunkirk’s lone finisher was Hannah McCrady who took 18th place in 33:55.49.