Area runners post strong times
The Fredonia Lady Hillbillies came away with four personal bests while the boys team had a jumper qualify for States on Monday at the Section 6 Indoor Track & Field Varsity Team Challenge at Fredonia State.
As a team, the Lady Hillbillies finished in 15th place with 10 points while the boys earned 4.5 points to take 16th place.
On the girls’ side, Ally Cobb had a personal-best time of 1:49.35 in the 600-meter while Skylar Salim set a new personal best in the 1,000 at 4:00.09.
Long jumpers Georgie Gens and Devin Kowalewski also had personal-best distances on the day.
Kowalewski also came in third place in the 55 in a time of :9.41.
For the boys, it was Matt Civilette leading the way with a triple-jump leap good enough to qualify for States. Civilette’s jump of 43-feet, 9.75-inches exceeded the state standard of 43-feet, 6-inches and earned him a spot at the State meet.
“We had a very good showing on the girls side with four girls setting personal bests,” Fredonia coach Mike Marshall said. “Cobb in the 600, Salim in the 1,000, and Gens and Kowalewski in the long jump each set personal bests. The competition was really good. There were a lot of kids there that ran good times and had good jumps.”
As for the Dunkirk Marauders, they had a few Sectional-qualifying times, as well as a school record.
In the 4×800 relay, the team of Ray Tarnowski, Ethan Francis, Javier Soto and Alec Tomaszewski lowered the school record to 8:52.54. Francis, Soto and Tarnowski were members of the old record, along with Kevin Morales.
Soto took second in the 600 and had a sectional-qualifying time of 1:29.81. Francis also qualified for Sectionals in the 1,000 with a time of 2:49.04, which was good for seventh place.
“I think Javier Soto had a breakthrough day,” Dunkirk coach Kurt Warmbordt said. “He was part of the 4×800 relay and had the fastest time of the four guys and he qualified for Sectionals in the 600. It was a very commendable performance.”
Nick Barlette had the second-fastest time of his career in the 55, as he crossed the finish line in :6.78.
Jose Morales competed in the 300 for the first time in his career and placed second with a Sectional-qualifying time of :38.61.
“Jose Morales is a 10th grader and has tremendous power for a young man,” Warmbrodt noted. “He is in Sectionals in the 55 and the 300 now. We are happy to see that.”
The team of Tarnowski, Morales, Barlette and Elijah Rivera placed fifth in 4X200 relay.
For the girls, Samantha Hemminger, Calan Pogorzelski Emilee Hanlon and Faith Rivera placed second in the 4×200 relay.
Dunkirk returns to action Friday at Lancaster.