The 12th annual Falconer Golden Falcon Track & Field Invitational will take place on Friday under the lights of Bill Race Field. The competition is scheduled to begin at 4:15 p.m..
Schools entered in the meet are Allegany-Limestone, Cattaraugus-Little Valley, Clymer-Sherman-Panama, East Aurora, Falconer, Fredonia, Frewsburg, Gowanda, Harborcreek, Holland, Jamestown, Maple Grove, Olean, Randolph, Silver Creek-Forestville, Southwestern, Westfield, and West Seneca West.
"The exciting atmosphere at the Falconer Invitational has been described by some as 'electric'. I send out information the first week of January and within hours the meet is booked to capacity," said meet director and head girls coach Mike LeBaron. "The races and field events are loaded with top talent this year - it will be exciting for athletes and spectators"
"Also, we are happy to again honor our friend, the late Joe Paterniti. Joe was the head official for our first invitational in 2002, and was key in helping us get the facility that we have today for the athletes. Although his title was "official", he was a friend who truly loved and respected the competition, and strived to pass that on to athletes and coaches. We will presenting a senior male and a senior female athlete from Friday's meet with the Joe Paterniti Memorial Sportsmanship Award."
Athletes placing in the top three will receive medals, 4th through 6th ribbons, with the event champions also receiving a T-shirt. The top two teams will be awarded team trophies. In addition, plaques will be given to the Most Outstanding Field Event Athlete, Track Athlete, and Overall Athlete.
A concession stand will be operating and admission to the meet is $1, which includes a program. All proceeds benefit the Falconer Track & Field Boosters.