Kowalewski finishes 11th in 100-meter hurdles at state meet

CICERO – Fredonia’s Devin Kowalewski finished her high school career Friday afternoon with an 11th-place finish in the 100-meter hurdles at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association’s Division II Track and Field Championships held at Cicero-North Syracuse High School.

“She was a good leader on the team,” Fredonia girls coach Mike Marshal said of Kowalewski, who finished the race in 16.33 seconds. “She wasn’t very boisterous, but everybody watched how hard she worked and she really helped the younger girls improve just by them watching her.”

Kowalewski also qualified at the Section 6 meet in the triple and long jumps, but it was the 100 hurdles where she had her best performances.

“It was a little bit slower (than previous times),” Marshall said Kowalewski’s time. “She ran 16.03 in the Sectional meet, so she was a little off (Friday). But her goal was to run in the state meet and she did that. She’s a senior and we’ll definitely miss her next year. She was the leading point getter on the team.”

Besides competing in the 100 hurdles, triple jump and long jump during the season, Kowalewski was also a part of the Lady Hillbillies’ 4×400 relay team.

In the boys’ Division II meet, Dunkirk’s 4×100 relay team of Miguel Alicea, Jose Morales, Rashad Graham and Nick Barlette finished seventh in a time of 43.996, which was .002 faster than fellow Section 6 entrant Tonawanda.

“It was very, very close to their best time, which they ran last Friday (during the Section 6 meet),” Dunkirk boys’ coach Kurt Warmbrodt said. “It was very nice to see them run so well.”

Also for Dunkirk, Barlette finished 11th in the 100 in a time of 11.31.

“It’s been a wonderful season,” Warmbrodt said. “And it was certainly a pleasure to take these kids (to the state meet) and watch them perform.”