Several Lady Marauders qualify for Sectionals in defeat

FALCONER – Though losing as a team, the Dunkirk Lady Marauders had several strong individual performances in a 79-58 decision to Falconer in CCAA Division 1 girls high school track and field.

Sophomore Savia Moreland took first place in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of :17.7, which is a provisionally qualifying time for Sectionals. Sophomore teammate Samiyha Toomer placed first in the 200 (:27.8) and second in the 100 (:13.0). Both times provisionally qualify her for Sectionals.

Dunkirk freshman Faith Rivera crossed the finish line first in the 400 at 1:17.5. She also took second place in the high jump at 4-feet-8 inches, which qualifies her for Sectionals. Calan Pogorzelski took first in the 3,000 at 13:08 while Amancia Viera placed first in the shot put at 30-1, to qualify for Sectionals. Agape Berakah qualified for Sectionals with a second-place finish in the shot put.

“The first meet of the year is always difficult to plan for,” Dunkirk coach AJ Burnside said. “We knew what our returning athletes were capable of, but it’s nice to be able to gauge where our new athletes will compete in a real meet. Any loss is tough on a program, but running a competitive meet with some amazing times and distances is something we can take away from (Wednesday).”

As for the boys, Dunkirk fell, 84-57.

The 4×800 relay team of Ethan Francis, Ray Tarnowksi, Alec Tomaszewski and Javier Soto placed first at 8:57.7. Meanwhile, the 4×100 relay team of Migual Alicea, Victor Echevarria, Jose Morales and Nick Barlette took first at :45.1.

Soto won the 800 at 2:11.3 while Francis won the 3,200 at 10:48.1. Tim Cerrie took first place in pole vault at 10-6. Barlette had a strong showing in the 100 and 200, with times of :11.4 and :22.9, respectively. The 200 race came down to a photo finish, which Barlette placed second.

Fredonia edges Gowanda

The Fredonia Hillbillies received solid contributions from a trio of athletes in holding off Gowanda, 71-62, Wednesday in CCAA Division 1 high school track and field.

Freshman Mike Meredith took first place in the 3,200-meter run and the 1,600 with times of 11:54.6 and 5:40.1. Junior Matt McCarthy won the 100 (:11.6) and 200 (:23.7). Brett Seekings won the shot put with a throw of 37-feet-11 1/2 inches and also the discus at 102-0.

“Matt McCarthy had a good day for us, especially with cool weather,” Fredonia coach Bob Ball said. “For Mike Meredith to win those two events this early in the year really helped. I haven’t got a gauge for what he can do, but for a freshman to win those two events in a nine-point meet, really gave us the win. It was nice to get contributions from a bunch of different people.”

Fredonia’s 4×100 relay team of McCarthy, John Dewey, Dylan Meyer and AJ Amatuzzo was also a key factor in the win as they won with a time of :47.1 and beat Gowanda by a half step, according to Ball.

“If they won, that is five points for them and five away from us,” Ball said of the points. “That was the difference in the meet. There were a lot of close races on the track.

The Panthers had two double winners of their own as Chris Hammond leaped his way to first place in the high jump (5-8) and the triple jump (39-4). Trevor Greco won the 110 hurdles at :18.9 and crossed the finish line first in the 400 hurdles with a time of 1:03.9.

In the girls meet, Fredonia edged Gowanda, 67-65, thanks in part to Devin Kowalewski, who won the 100 hurdles (:16.5), long jump (15-1 3/4) and the triple jump (32-3 1/4). Also for Fredonia, Ally Cobb won the 400 hurdles (1:13), Courtney Styborski took the discus (85-7) and Gwen Stokes won the high jump (4-10).

Hunter Samuelson won the distance races for the Lady Panthers, as she finished the 1,500 in 5:06 and the 3,000 in 11:08. Also for Gowanda, Brook Haggart won the 100 in 14.4 seconds, Emma Weyand took first in the shot put with her throw of 27-4 1/2 and Sarah Grubbs won the 400 in a time of 1:05.