Heading to states

For the second straight year, Fredonia’s Matt Civilette is heading to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association track and field championships in the triple jump.

Civilette took second place with a leap of 42-feet-9 3/4- inches Friday at the state qualifiers at Fredonia State’s Steele Hall Fieldhouse.

Devon Kowalewski will be joining Civilette as she placed third in the 55-meter hurdles at :9.0.

“It’s been a very successful season,” Fredonia coach Mike Marshall said. “I am very happy with everyone’s performance. We are looking forward to Matt and Devon doing well in states.”

Civilette placed in the top 15 last year at the state meet and will be looking to improve on the place finish this year. The state meet will be held next Saturday at Cornell University.

As for Dunkirk, Javier Soto and Jose Morales placed fourth in their respective events, missing the cut for the state meet by one place.

Soto took fourth in the 600 with a school-record time of 1:28.35. The previous record was held by Zach Krebs in 2007. That time was 1:29.14.

Morales took fourth in the 300 with his best time of the year at :38.06.

In the 1,000, Ethan Francis placed sixth at 2:46.41. Teammate Alec Tomaszewski placed right behind him at 2:50.7. The 4×800 relay team of Soto, Francis, Tomaszewski and Ray Tarnowski placed fifth with a time of 8:59.82 while the 4×200 relay team, consisting of Tarnowski, Morales, Nick Barlette, Julio Cheverez placed fifth at 1:40.22. In the pole vault, Tim Cerrie was ninth at 10-6.

Barlette placed sixth in the 55 at :6.81

For the girls, the 4×200 relay team placed seventh. The team consisted of Samantha Hemenger, Calan Pogorzelski, Faith Rivera and Emilee Hanlon and they finished in 1:56.10.

Pogorzelski took 11th in the 1,000 at 3:23.34 while Hanlon took 11th in the 55 at :7.92.

“It was a wonderful year,” Dunkirk coach Kurt Warmbrodt said. “We certainly would have loved to have gone to states with those two boys as close as they were, but they are a junior and a sophomore. They will be back.”

The Hillbillies had a strong year as they broke 10 school records during the course of the season.

Kowalewski qualified for three events in Sectionals and broke the school record in the 55-hurdles and broke the school record in the triple jump.

Emily Wan broke the school record in the 1,500 race/walk. She beat the old time by over a minute. On Friday, she took seventh with a time of 8:46.

Sophomore Gwenn Stokes set a school record in the high jump at 4-11.

The boys’ 4×200 relay team beat the school record Friday which was previously set in 2009 at 1:48. Friday, the team of Weston Ley, Matt McCarthy, Matt Civilette and Garrett Johnson finished the race in 1:42 to take 11th.

McCarthy beat the school record in 50 at :6.3. He also set the school high-jump record at 5-6. McCarthy also set the 300 record at :40.7.