Southwestern runs past Gowanda in track & field

GOWANDA – Ryan Hetrick won three events and Jordan Powers two on Wednesday, as Southwestern edged Gowanda, 75-66, in CCAA Division I boys track and field action.

Hetrick took first place in the distance races, crossing the finish line ahead of the field in the 800 (2:17.4), 1,600 (4:48.5) and 3,200 (10:15.8). Powers won the 110 hurdles in 15.8 seconds and the 400 hurdles in 1:00.2.

Also for Southwestern, John Martin won the discus with his throw of 131-feet, 2-inches, as well as the shot put (39-3) while Matt Southwick won the pole vault with a height of 11-6.

For the Panthers (0-2), Nick Marrocco won the 100 (:12.1) and the 200 (:24.2) while Chris Hammond was first in the triple jump (39-6) and high jump (5-6). Brennan Geiger was first in the long jump in 18-3 1/2.

Gowanda also swept the relays, winning the 4×100 in 47.1 seconds, the 4×400 in 3:49.5 and the 4×800 in 10:09.3. Marrocco, Kameron Alexander, Hammond and Geiger made up the 4×100 team while Marrocco combined with Hammond, Geiger and Ben Myzel to win the 4×400. Zach Bogardus, Ethan Francis, Ryan Monat and Myzel were the winning members of the 4×800 relay team.

In the girls’ meet, Hunter Samuelson was a double winner, but it was not enough as the Lady Panthers fell, 85-56.

Samuelson took first place in the 1,500 with a time of 5:10, and she also crossed the finish line first in the 3,000 with a time of 11:31.2.

“I was pleased with the times for Hunter in the 1,500 and 3,000,” Gowanda coach Pete Palmer said. “She has had some really good times this year. With the lack of practice time because of the weather, she does a lot of base work on her own and a lot of distance work on the roads. It makes a difference.”

Lauren Wing took first place in the long jump for Gowanda with a leap of 14-1/2. Meanwhile, the 4×400 relay team of Brooke Haggart, Colleen Steward, Lexi Latona and Sarah Grubbs placed first with a time of 4:35.5. Steward also won the 800 at 2:36.5.