League crowns champs
Dunkirk’s Rashad Graham and Nick Barlette, along with Fredonia’s Matt Civilette, Maple Grove’s Christina Walter, Clymer-Sherman-Panama’s Becca King, Southwestern’s Brittany Feldman and Randolph’s Mckenna Maycock were all double winners over the weekend at the CCAA League Championships held at Karl Hoeppner Field at Dunkirk High School.
Graham won the high jump with a leap of 5-feet-10-inches and he crossed the finish line first in the 400-meter dash with a time of 51.98. Graham was also a member of the winning 4×100 relay team. The team consisted of Migual Alicia, Jose Morales and Barlette. The foursome turned in a time of 44.50.
“Rashad’s time in the 400 was a season best,” Dunkirk coach Kurt Warmbrodt said. “He was finally able to get a good day in nice weather and get some good competition. You need that competition. He just hasn’t been around it enough. I put him in a lot of different events.”
Along with his participation in the relay, Barlette also won the 100 and 200 with times of 11.49 and 23.29, respectively.
Also for Dunkirk, the 4×800 relay team of Javier Soto, Ethan Francis, Alec Tomaszewski and Ray Tarnowski placed second as they knocked off 17 seconds from their season-best time, finishing at 8:29.76.
Civilette continued his dominance in the jumping events as he won the long jump with a leap of 19-4.75 and the triple jump as he soared 42-10.5.
In the 100, behind Barlette, Fredonia’s Matt McCarthy placed second at 11.62 as he barely edged out Dunkirk’s Morales, who finished .01 seconds behind him.
McCarthy also placed second in the 200 behind Barlette with a time of 23.33. Olean’s Jaryd Plaud took third at 23.82.
Allegany-Limestone’s Toddrick Mason placed second in the 400 behind Graham with a time of 52.94. West Valley’s Rin Tojo took third at 52.94.
In the 800, Randolph’s Zachary Jackson placed first with a time of 2:02.72, comfortably ahead of Dunkirk’s Ethan Francis (2:05.02) and Franklinville’s Matt Bacher (2:06.40).
Maple Grove’s Corey Wefing continued his dominance in the 1,600 with a first-place finish time of 4:24.77 while Allegany-Limestone’s Owen Barber took second at 4:28.82 and Franklinville’s Bacher at 4:36.13.
Barber (Allegany-Limestone) placed first in the 3,200 at 9:39.43 ahead of Clymer-Sherman-Panama’s Josh O’Dell (9:53.80) and Southwestern’s Ryan Hetrick (10:02.56).
Southwestern’s Jordan Powers and Caleb Makuch finished first and second respectively in the 110 hurdles and 400 hurdles. Mitch Sandberg of Maple Grove placed third in the 110 hurdles and Maple Grove’s T.J. Bihler took third in the 400 hurdles.
In the 3,000 steeplechase, O’Dell (Clymer-Sherman-Panama) placed first at 10:07.77 while Randolph’s Skyler Schapp placed second at 10:18.24. Barber (Allegany-Limestone) placed third at 10:28.05.
Behind Graham in the long jump was Maple Grove’s Howie Nolan at 5-8 and Franklinville’s Micah Sexton at 5-6.
In the pole vault, Maple Grove’s Brad Benson placed first with a height of 12-3. Chautauqua Lake’s Trent Howard was second at 12-0 and Luke Rickey of Olean placed third at 11-6.
In the long jump, Westfield’s Chris Cockram placed second behind Civilette at 19-0.5 and Graham took third at 18-11.25.
Portville’s Jack Hilyer placed second in the triple jump behind Civilette with a leap of 40-02.5 and Gowanda’s Chris Hammond was third at 39-0.25.
In the throwing events, Allegany-Limestone took first and second place in the shot put. Roman Greco took first with a throw of 51-11 while teammate Pete Harris took second at 46-05.75. Southwestern’s John Martin placed third at 43-11.
In the discus, Martin placed first at 147-04 and Greco took second at 144-04. Mike Earle of Falconer took third place with a throw of 141-08.
As for the boys team scores, Olean took first place in Division 1 with 146 points followed by Dunkirk 126, Southwestern 86, Falconer 77, Gowanda 64, Fredonia 29 and Salamanca 28.
In Division 2, Allegany-Limestone won with 154 points followed by Portville 115, Cattaraugus-Little Valley 103, Silver Creek 83, Frewsburg 44 and Westfield 36.
Maple Grove took first place in Division 3 with 162 points. Randolph placed second at 141.5 followed by Clymer-Sherman-Panama 93.5, Franklinville 78, West Valley 41 and Chautauqua Lake 37.
As for the girls, Walter took first in the 100 dash at 12.51 seconds and won the 200 with a time of 26.53.
In the 200, Feldman (Southwestern) took second while Dunkirk’s Samiyha Toomer finished third.
Clymer-Sherman-Panama’s Shantel McCart took second in the 100 dash and Toomer (Dunkirk) finished third.
Maycock won the 100 and 400 hurdles with times of 15.91 and 1:03.57, respectively.
Silver Creek’s Hannah Seiders finished second in both the 100 and 400 hurdles while Morgan Scarpino (Frewsburg) finished third in the 100 hurdles and Andie Hill (Salamanca) took third in the 400 hurdles.
King took top honors in the 800 with a time of 1:23.44, followed by Cortnie Vaughn (Allegany-Limestone) and Maddison Knapp (Westfield).
King also won the 1,500 in 4:56.69 with Vaughn (ALCS) coming in second and Kattie Lawton (Southwestern) finishing third.
In the 400 dash, Feldman took first in 57.93 while Emma Seiders (Silver Creek) and Chantel Williams (Falconer) finished second and third respectively.
Feldman also won the high jump (5-1), followed by Diamond Fedrick (Southwestern) and Ryanne Yehl (Salamanca).
Hope Pietrocarlo (Maple Grove) dominated in the 3,000 with a time of 10:25.92. Fredonia’s Lauren Reyda finished second and Gracie Auer (Maple Grove) took third.
Gowanda’s Hunter Samuelson solidified her spot as the area’s top-ranked steeplechase runner with a first-place time of 7:33.52, which was more than 30 seconds faster than Rachel Rosas (Dunkirk), who finished second. Falconer’s Kristen Holmberg finished third.
Falconer took first place in the girl’s 4×100 relay with a time of 53.02, followed by Dunkirk and Maple Grove.
In the 4×400 relay, Randolph’s time of 4:15.76 was good enough for first place while Clymer-Sherman-Panama took second and Silver Creek finished third.
Maple Grove’s 4×800 relay team crossed the finish line in 10:01.00 to take first place ahead of Gowanda and Fredonia.
Emily Harford won the pole vault at 9-3, followed by Salamanca’s Alyssa Coustenis and Kashauna Learn.
Aleeya Clemons’ leap of 16-3 in the long jump was good enough for first place while Falconer’s Mackenzie Wright finished second and Makenzie Evans (Randolph) took third.
Falconer’s Wright won the triple jump at 35-10, followed by Evans (Randolph) and Yehl (Salamanca).
In the shot put, Franklinville’s Anna O’Neal took first place with a throw of 33-11.75. Alyssa Brooks (Falconer) took second and Tiffinni Keyes (Randolph) finished third.
Falconer’s Brooks soared past the competition with a discus throw of 113-2, which was nearly 10 feet better than any other competitor. O’Neal (Franklinville) finished second and Gabriella Hoose (Southwestern) took third.
In the overall competition, Southwestern earned top honors in Division 1 with a team score of 127. Dunkirk finished third at 89 points and Salamanca took third with 84.5 points. Rounding out the teams were Fredonia 75, Falconer 71.5, Olean 61 and Gowanda 46.
In Division 2, Allegany-Limestone’s 150 earned the top spot followed by Silver Creek (81) and Portville (78). Frewsburg 77, Westfield 75, Cattaraugus-Little Valley 66 and Cassadaga Valley 21 also posted scores.
Maple Grove finished first in Division 3 with 148 points, while Randolph (140) and Franklinville (106) took second and third, respectively. Clymer-Sherman-Panama finished with 88 points, followed by West Valley 37 and Chautauqua Lake 35.
“It was definitely an honor to host it and show off our wonderful facility,” Warmbrodt said. “All the meet management and officials were extremely pleased. It went great. The kids loved it. My boys had some personal bests and we are looking forward to going to Olean next weekend. I want to say coach AJ Burnside did an awful lot organizing and putting this together. He did it all. You gotta give him a lot of credit.”
“Running at home for such a large meet was a huge advantage,”?Dunkirk coach?AJ Burnside added. “We should have several athletes competing next weekend at Sectionals but (Saturday’s) meet might have meant more for some of them. The coaches and I have had a lot to be proud of this season and being able to host such a prestigious meet was a great way for many of our athletes to end the season. Dunkirk should be proud.”
At the conclusion of the event, all the seniors participating this weekend took a final lap as for many, it was their last high school competition.
“For a lot, they have been in track for many years,” Warmbrodt said. “This is getting near the end for them. A few will go to Sectionals. For a lot, it’s great to go out with a group of friends they have made for a lot of years from all the other teams and have one last run together.”