By Jay Young
Before this weekend, the Jamestown High School boys and girls teams were never given the opportunity to run the Erie County Interscholastic Conference Track & Field Championships on their home turf at Strider Field, but the hosts certainly took advantage of their inaugural chance.
Jamestown High School’s Mitch Moore sprints to the finish line on his way to a school record-setting performance in the 400 meters at the Erie County Interscholastic Conference Track &?Field Championships at Strider Field on Saturday. See additional photos at cu.post-journal.com.
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Jamestown senior Summer Haight shows her winning form in the 100-meter hurdles final at the Erie County Interscholastic Conference Track & Field Championships on Saturday at Strider Field. See additional photos at cu.post-journal.com.
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After Summer Haight triumphed on Friday with a new Jamestown High School record of 15.04 seconds in her 100-meter hurdles trial and Megan Marsh set a new mark in the 800 with a 2:21.40, the Red Raiders were even better during Saturday's action.
Haight claimed first place and an individual ECIC championship during her final heat in the 100 hurdles, and also managed to improve on her previous time before the ink was dry in the record books.
The senior cracked the 15-second mark with a winning time of 14.83, eclipsing the old record of 15.26 for the second time in as many days.
"Cienna Simon, who had the school record, was up in the press box watching it all, and you feel bad that one of your athlete's records has been broken, but you feel awesome for the athlete that broke the school record," said JHS girls coach Steve Sipior.
But Haight was not the only senior to cap off her ECIC career with a statement win on Saturday.
After inching closer to the JHS record in the 400 during his trial on Saturday, Mitch Moore took down the 40-year-old mark set by Manny Leeper (48.64) with a dominant 48.40 to win the finals by a huge margin.
Moore also claimed first in the 200 with a 22.21, and now sits at second all-time on that record list behind Phil Thompson's 21.94.
Not bad for a guy who suffered a knee injury while playing soccer last fall, and is most at home running the 400 hurdles.
"We've had three records go down this weekend - Mitch Moore in the 400, Megan Marsh in the 800 and then Summer (Haight) in the 100 hurdles. It's just been a stellar weekend,'' JHS?girls coach Steve Sipior said. "How do you want to end your senior season? They are doing it the right way, they really are.''
For Moore, setting a new record in the 400 and inching closer to the 200 mark is just icing on the cake after the senior wasn't sure he would even be able to run in this year's outdoor track season.
"When (my injury) happened in November the doctors said it would be about a year before I was back at full strength, and at least six months until I would be able to run. So I honestly didn't think I would be able to even compete outdoors, but things worked out for the better," he said after breaking Leeper's mark.
"After the time yesterday I knew that I was set up for some really good times today. I knew the weather was supposed to be a lot better today and yesterday I let up a little bit in the last 50 meters and today I was just going to go out and try to pound home a time.
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"This is pretty much exactly where I want to be, a 48 in the 400 sets me up for a school record in the 400 hurdles, which is my main event. I was just doing this to hopefully set some records, and I accomplished that today.''
Despite the injury and a rigorous schedule of rehabilitation during the offseason, Moore still set his sights high for the next two weeks. Breaking records and taking home ECIC championships were just the next steps forward for both Moore and his coaches.
"The record breaking was one of the goals this weekend that we had in mind for Mitch, so that is where we were this weekend,'' Jamestown boys coach Nancy Feenstra said. ''Next weekend, obviously, we have a whole set of other goals (at the Section 6 Championships). He just loves the hurdles. Kids get an event and they just fall in love with it.''
One thing is for sure, hurdling for the Red Raiders has become a wise decision in recent years, thanks to the work of assistant coach Ron Graham, who has trained with both Haight and Moore throughout their careers.
"Well, I thought that Mitch would (take the record down),'' Graham said. ''Mitch had the natural ability. The only thing that he needed to do was work hard. We set out to get it and we got it, but he had to do a lot of stuff. It wasn't anything that he just fell upon, and it will be that way for anyone who is going to break it again.''
Meanwhile, Haight plans to attend SUNY Cortland and continue with her track career.
"They have a great program and were the SUNYAC champions last year,'' Graham said. ''There is good coaching there and she's going to do well. Her record is just as impressive as Mitch's in the sense of that accomplishment. (That time of14.84) is a very fast time.''
Graham has also spent plenty of time working with Ben Larson and Steven Nowell, who finished fourth and eighth respectively in the 110 hurdles in Saturday's final.
Austen Johnson has also come into his own along with Moore in the 400 hurdles, as the junior posted a 58.41 on Saturday for a third-place finish.
Adding to the excitement at Strider's first ECIC was junior Awsten Beaver, who claimed second place in the pole vault with a 12-03. Also placing in the finals was Jarell Greene in the triple jump with a 41-2.75 for fourth place.
"Quite a few of the coaches were very impressed with everything with how it was run and the facilities,'' Feenstra said. ''We had a lot of good critiques. It was nice to know from everyone that it went well.''
100 Hurdles: Summer Haight (JHS), Hailey Rospierski (ALD), Tiana Luton (SH), Madison Roberts (IRO), Alyssa Handley (ALD). T- 14.83
1600 Relay: East Aurora, Hamburg, West Seneca West, Clarence, Lake Shore. T- 4:06.39
100m: Terionna Ware (SH), Molly Scarpello (LAN), Jamie Guadagno (OP), Chelsea Grupp (HOL), Kaila Frazier (SH). T- 12.57
400m: Amy Villarini (HAM), Dominique Logronio (LAN), Julia Grupp (HOL), Josette Dawson (AM), Elizabeth Vohwinkel (JFK). T- 58.22
400 Hurdles: Sara Augustine (AL), Brenda Sheedy (WE), Samantha Ruszcyk (HAM), Allissa Galenski (LAN), Ali Binga (STAR). T- 1:06.09
200m: Amy Villarini (HAM), McKyla Brooks (FRON), Tiffany Cycon (LAN), Chelsea Grupp (HOL), Terionna Ware (SH). T- 25.50
2000 Steeple: Ally Ortega (SH), Clare Losito (WS), Natalie Cummings (LS), Megan Caltagirone (HOL), Erin Cuddihy (HAM). T- 7:02.99
1500m: Sophia Tasselmyer (EA), Marissa Saenger (CLAR), Sam Peterman (SH), Sydney Bova (FRON), Dana Warner (CLAR). T- 4:42.01
3200 Relay: East Aurora (Marta McLaughlin, Fiona Danieu, Sophia Tasselmyer, Molly McLaughlin) Clarence, WSW, Hamburg, Sweet Home. T- 9:32.34
High Jump: Hailey Rospierski (ALD), Lauren Hudson (WN), Olivia Gervan (LAN), Tiana Luton (SH), Marisa Gosdeck (ALD). H: 5-5
Shot Put: McKenzie Kuehlewind (LAN), Stephanie Lombardo (CHE), Rebecca Stiefler (FRO), Brenda Perrella (FRON), Justyn Milks (PIO). D: 43-09
Triple Jump: McKyla Brooks (FRON), Sadira Brown (SH), Neralyn Trueheart (SH), Alyssa Handley (AL), Aminia Lewis (AMH). D: 36-10
110 Hurdles: Daquane Spikes (SH), TY Becker (LS), Adrian Drake (SH), Benjamin Larsen (JHS), Austin Valvo (IRO). T- 15.09
400 Relay: Sweet Home, Orchard Park, Cheektowaga, West Seneca West, Alden. T- 43.89
1600 Relay: East Aurora, West Seneca West, Frontier, Clarence, Jamestown. T- 3:29.35
100m: Justice Milton (SH), Mitch Fuller (LAN), Bob Liebel (TON), Steve George (LAN), Derrell Hennings (SH). T- 11.17
400m: Mitchell Moore (JHS), Bob Liebel (TON), Spikes (SH), Jack Behlmaier (CHE), Adrian Cannon (FRON). T- 48.40
400 Hurdles: Spikes (SH), Steve Neumaier (LAN), Austen Johnson (JAM), Jack Zagrobelny (EA), Kobe Walenka (CHE). T- 57.20
200m: Moore (JHS), Derrell Hennings (SH), Cannon (FRON), Rob Zwirecki (OP), Brandon Day (WSW). T- 22.21
3000 Steeple: Cal Butlak (LS), Matt Mercer (OP), Matt McCann (FRON), Matt Ciminella (SH), Mitchell Ford (SH). T- 9:36.70
1600m: TJ Hornberger (LS), Mitchell Daddario (SH), Tim Whelan (CHE), Dan Huben (CLAR), Nick Knorz (CLAR). T- 4:18.91
3200 Relay: Cheektowaga (Jack Behlmaier, Tim Whelan, Noah McGhee, Kobe Walenka), East Aurora, Sweet Home, Lancaster, WSW. T- 8:09.52
Discus: Dawson Hillis (OP), Sam Wray (STAR), Phil Zobrest (AL), Devon Patterson (WS), Brandon Sicurella (LAN). D: 184-03
Pole Vault: Trevor Koch (FRON), Awsten Beaver (JHS), Jacob Bartz (WSW), Ryan Cass (IRO), Justin Wilson (SH). H: 12-06
High Jump: Teddy Okon (CLAR), Nick Serafin (DEP), Ty Becker (LS), Steven Nowell (JHS), Alex Olszowy (JFK). H: 6-08
Triple Jump: Nick Nowak (MAR), Okon (CLAR), Tom Kurowski (LAN), Jarell Greene (JHS), Parker Welling (WSW). T: 42-09
800: Marta McLaughlin (East Aurora), Sam Peterman (Sweet Home), Abigail Jankowski (West Seneca West), Megan Marsh (Jamestowm). T - 2:14.79.
3,000: Sophia Tasselmyer (East Aurora), Ally Ortega (Sweet Home), Marissa Saenger (Clarence), Clare Losito (Williamsville South), Katrina Patterson (Clarence). T -10:05.24.
Discus: Rebeccca Stiefier (Frontier), Anneliese Bienko (Clarence), McKenzie Kuehlewind (Lancaster), Brenda Perrella (Frontier), Stephanie Lombardo (Cheektowaga). D - 140.
Pole vault: Julia Schreier (Starpoint), Madison Roberts (Iroquois), Aubrey Rockoff (Amherst), Mikayla Capestrani (Jamestown), Jen Wasielewski (Depew). H - 11-3.
Long jump: McKyla Brooks (Frontier), Marisa Gosdeck (Alden), Taylor Heckman (Starpoint), Tiana Luton (SH), Amy Villarini (Hamburg). D - 17-6
800: T. J. Hornberger (Lake Shore), Matt McLaughlin (East Aurora), Tim Welch (Cheektowaga), Mitchell Daddario (SH), Matt Ciminella (SH). T - 1:55.90.
3.200: Dan Huben (Clarence), Cal Butlak (Lake Shore), Peter Kindfuss (Hamburg), Tony Casullo (Clarence), Matthew Mercer (Orchard Park). T - 9:31.17.
Long jump: Jake Valley (Lancaster), Naeem Shah (Cheektowaga), Barrett Lacey (Williamsville South), Nick Serafin (Depew), Zack Jones (Holland). D - 20-10.
Shotput: Devon Patterson (Williamsville South), Tony DeYoung (Lancaster), Dawson Hills (Orchard Park), Brandon Sicurella (Lancaster), Colin Blair (Lancaster). D - 63-7.