Weekly Feature

2017-05-18 / Sports

Warriors sweep unofficial town championships

Little Four track and field


Cleveland Hill’s Christina Mohney tries to pull away from Cheektowaga’s Jade Rinaldi during their leg of the 4x800-meter relay in Saturday’s annual Little Four Track and Field Championships, held this year at Cheektowaga. The Lady Warriors’ foursome ultimately persevered to win in 11 minutes, 25.7 seconds, with the Lady Eagles’ foursome placing third in 11:43.3. 
Photo by Jake FrenchPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Cleveland Hill’s Christina Mohney tries to pull away from Cheektowaga’s Jade Rinaldi during their leg of the 4x800-meter relay in Saturday’s annual Little Four Track and Field Championships, held this year at Cheektowaga. The Lady Warriors’ foursome ultimately persevered to win in 11 minutes, 25.7 seconds, with the Lady Eagles’ foursome placing third in 11:43.3. Photo by Jake FrenchPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Home-track advantage held up for Cheektowaga Saturday as both the boys’ and girls’ teams claimed their respective titles in the annual Little Four Championships to gain townwide bragging rights for another year.

On the girls’ side, Cheektowaga posted 236 points to cruise past second-place Cleveland Hill, which secured 170 points. JFK finished third with 83 points and Maryvale was fourth with 17.

The Lady Warriors saw Ayana Bursie break both the meet and school records in the 400-meter dash with her winning time of 59.6 seconds, a victory that combined with her wins in the 100 (12.6) and 200 (26.8) gave her a sweep of the sprints. Bursie was also part of the wining 4x100 relay that included Jayla Moss, McKenzie Hawkins and Torrie Jenkins.

Ally Alvira won both the long (14-feet-7½) and triple jumps (34-4), and also took third in both the 100 hurdles (18.31 seconds) and 400 dash (1 minute, 4.9 seconds). Chloe Benz was part of the winning 4x800 relay — along with Samantha Stachowiak, Megan Marafino and Jade Rinaldo — that crossed the line in 11:25, on top of placing second (6:01) in the 1,500 and 3,000 runs (13:43), as well as fourth (2:56) in the 800.

Mai Le won the high jump with a personal best clearance of 4-10, while Melanie Hornung won the shot put (33-0) and took third (83-11) in the discus. Jessica Ineson took second (1:19) in the 400 hurdles and pole vault (6-6), as well as third (4-6) in the high jump. She was also part of the second-place 4x400 relay that included Samantha Stachowiak, Domonique Gaines and Jayla Hall.

Haley Bellaus took third in the 400 hurdles (1:19) and pole vault (6-0).

The Lady Eagles, meanwhile, were paced by double winner Christina Funderburk, who swept both the 100 (16.48) and 400 hurdles (1:15.9). Teammate Dakara Davis finished fourth (19.79) in the 100 hurdles and fifth (1:25.4) in the 400 hurdles.

Angela Lesser won the 3,000 (13:25.3) and took third (6:06.5) in the 1,500 run, while Maria Lesser took fifth (15:36.8) in the 3,000 and sixth (6:37.3) in the 1,500.

Caitlin Stevens helped the Lady Eagles’ throwers accumulate a great deal of points by winning the discus (101-0) and taking second (30-1½) in the shot put. Catherine Ryan-Paul took fifth (65-11) in the discus and sixth (26-8) in the shot, while Courtney Hannon also took sixth (64-6) in the discus. Amber Stevens (fourth, 28-5½) and Krisandra Palmer (fifth, 27-9) also placed in the shot put.

Amani Scott added a pair of second-place finishes in both the 200 (28.16) and 400 dashes (1:03.2), while Aqelah Douglas also took second (14-4) in the long jump.

Other third-place efforts were turned in by Skye Pratt (100 dash, 13.30), Marissa Diem (800, 2:53.7) and Sydney Turley (triple jump, 31-6).

JFK’s girls contingent was paced by Hannah Thomas, who won both the 800 (2:47.9) and 1,500 (5:47.2).

Fourth-place efforts were turned in by Cimmaron Melin (400 hurdles, 1:24.5), Felicia Landwehr (3,000 run, 14:52.2), Sarah Wierzba (discus, 68-3) and Kaitlyn Golubski (long jump, 13-2¼). Landwehr also took fifth (6:33.3) in the 1,500 race, while other fifth-place efforts were recorded by Kayla Voss (400 dash, 1:06.6) and Hannah Swing (long jump, 11-8).

The Lady Flyers’ entrants were led by Jaelah George, who took second in the discus and posted a 3-foot personal best in the shot to place third. George also led the 4x100 relay team, followed by Keyahnah Ubaydah, Katie Meyer and Jenna Raczka, to a season best time of 55.5 that was good for third place.

Audrey Godfrey set a personal best by leaping 24-10 and finishing sixth in the triple jump, and also became the first Maryvale girl since 2010 to clear a height in the pole vault with her fifth-place effort of 6-0.

In the boys’ competition, Cheektowaga posted an even larger margin of victory over second-place JFK than the girls did with Cleveland Hill, finishing with 236 points to the Bears’ 146. Cleveland Hill placed third with 107 points and Maryvale was fourth with 16.

Cheektowaga saw Eric Bartnik win the 110 hurdles (15.34) and 200 dash (23.13) on top of placing third in both the pole vault (9-0) and triple jump (39-5½). Seth Fonda took first in the mile (4:55.4) and 2-mile runs (10:55), and was also part of the winning 4x800 relay — along with Kyle Krzanowicz , Steven Austin and Noah Williams — that finished in 8:47.

Andrew Reichert took first in the pole vault (12-3) and the 400 hurdles (1:01.3), while also placing third (17.19) in the 110 hurdles. Seth Conner was victorious in the 400 dash (51.4), took third (19-4½) in the long jump and was part of the second place 4x100 relay — along with Lamar Reeves, Art Jordan and Jalen Hawkins — that crossed the line in 45.9 seconds.

The 4x400 relay of Keon White, Williams, Austin and Robert Bragg won in 3:39, while Art Jordan won the discus (119-8½) and took fifth (39-9) in the shot put. Jon Banks won the shot put (42-10½) and took second (115-11) in the discus.

For JFK, Thomas Isbrandt had the most prolific day of any Bear, winning the 100 dash (11.10), placing third (23.65) in the 200 and taking fourth (18-11½) in the long jump. Allen Suarez was right behind him in both the 200 (fourth, 24.20) and 100 dashes (sixth, 11.56).

Shevaughn Allen won the triple jump (44-7) and finished just four-tenths of a second off the pace in the 400 hurdles (1:01.7). He also took second (15.46) in the 110 hurdles and long jump (21-0), losing out on the win in that event with the tie-breaking second-best jump. Teammates Brandon Kohl (fifth, 35-11) and Kyle Ricotta (sixth, 1:07.3) also competed in the triple jump and 400 hurdles, respectively.

Zack Voss posted JFK’s other win with his time of 2:05.4 that edged out teammates Nick Voss (fourth, 2:17.6) and Hunter Manning (sixth, 2:21.4). Nick Voss also took third (5:08.5) in the mile, behind fellow Bear Zack Manzella (second, 5:07.5) but ahead of teammate Dan Kurowski (sixth, 5:11.3).

Kurowski also took third (11:32.2) in the 2-mile run to beat out teammate Matt Domagala (fifth, 11:49.1).

Jordan Snyder tied for second (5-10) in the high jump to beat out Suarez (tie for fourth, 5-8), while Zack Carrick placed fifth (101-7) in the discus).

Cleveland Hill’s boys, meanwhile, were paced by the second-place efforts of Andrew Bloom (two-mile run, 11:19.7), Jordan Alonso (800, 2:06.7), Fredrick Johnson (high jump, 5-10) and Chris Deim (100 dash, 11.19), who edged out teammate Aaron Wahler (third, 11.32) at the line.

Deim (third, 53.8) also beat Michael Johnson (sixth, 57.4) in the 400 dash, while Bloom also placed fourth (5:09.3) in the mile.

Matt Eldridge (40-9) took third in the shot and sixth (99-4) in the discus, while Manny Al-Hemyari (109-9½) placed third in the discus. Ammari Wooten (40-5) took fourth in the shot. Nacir Houston finished fourth (1:04.9) in the 400 hurdles and sixth (17.44) in the 110 hurdles, while Johnson took fifth (17.28) in the 110 hurdles.

D’Mario Grant earned a pair of fifth-place finishes in the 200 dash (24.28) and long jump (17-1).

Maryvale’s boys, meanwhile, saw Nakeem Ubaydah finish second in the 200 and fourth in the 100 dash, and Adam Meyerhofer set a personal best of 54.4 seconds with his fourth-place time in the 400.

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