Weekly Feature

2017-08-09 / Sports

‘Blue’ Athletics’ summer season concludes

The West Seneca “Blue” Athletics summer track and field program saw its 2017 season come to an end Thursday when its competitors took part in the Southern Erie Running Club’s Summer Track and Field Competition at Pioneer High School.

West Seneca had 15 individuals or relays across six different age divisions come away from their final competition victoriously.

In the 8 and under division, Orchard Park resident Elijah Brown won the boys 50-meter hurdles (10.8 seconds) and the 400 dash (1 minute, 24.1 seconds) in his first-ever attempt at either event. Fellow Orchard Park resident Nyah Watkins won the girls 9-10 division 55 dash (personal best 9.0), triple jump (personal best 19-feet-10) and long jump (personal best 9-9¼).

In the 11-12 division, the girls 4x100 relay of Maria Borzillieri, Maya Zubek, Orchard Park resident Mara Gregoire and Clarence resident Samantha Payne was victorious, with Payne also winning the 800 (personal best 2:39.7) and triple jump (24-4½). It was her first-ever attempt at the triple jump.

Orchard Park resident Noel Barlette also won the girls 1,500 run (personal best 5:41.7), while Ryan Vanderlip won the boys 100 dash (15.1) and 400 dash (personal best 1:09.8).

Jasmine Mings dominated the 13-14 division, placing first in four events (100 dash, personal best 13.2; long jump, triple jump and as part of the 15-16 division 4x100 relay) for the first time in her career. Clarence resident Payton Payne added wins in the girls 400 dash (personal best 1:10.8) and the 800 (2:42.9; first ever attempt), while Elma resident Kendall Mariacher won the boys 100 hurdles and 100 dash (personal best 12.9). Conor Vanderlip rounded out the team’s success in that age bracket by taking the boys 1,600 (6:56.2) in his first-ever attempt at the race.

In the 15-16 division, the girls 4x100 relay of Mings, Madeline Freeland, Andrea Newell and Kelsey Sainsbury was the only winner. The rest of West Seneca’s victories came in the 17-18 division, with the boys 4x100 relay of Cheektowaga resident Kyle Krzanowicz, Peter Borzillieri, Travis Kelly and Cullen Tonge leading the way. Peter Borzillieri (100 dash and long jump) and Tonge (400 dash and 800) were also winners in individual events.

Second-place finishes were posted in four different age divisions by West Seneca competitors, including three each by competitors in the 11-12 and the 13-14 divisions.

Orchard Park’s Aryanna Brown was the 9-10 division’s sole victor as she won the girls 400 dash in her first-ever attempt at the event. Gregoire hit a personal-best 20-8 to finish second in the girls triple jump, while Maria Borzillieri was the runner up in the girls’ long jump. Mekhi Watkins posted a personal-best time of 1:16.2 in the 400 dash and finished the 100 dash in 15.5 seconds to place second in each event.

In the 13-14 division, Mariacher took second in the long jump and Casey Swiatek did the same in the boys triple jump. Elma resident Jacob Cantie was also the runner up in the boys 400 dash and 800 (personal best 2:42.9). Freeland, meanwhile, took third in the 15-16 division’s girls triple jump.

Third-place efforts were turned in by Elijah Brown (8 and under boys long jump), Zubek (11-12 girls’ 800, personal best 2:55.3), Maria Borzillieri (11-12 girls 100 dash, personal best 16.3), Connor Vanderlip (13-14 boys 800) and Newell (15-16 girls 100 hurdles).

“Many of our members ended our summer season with great performances and many also produced meaningful progress this summer,” program coordinator Emilio Mancino said. “We’re looking forward to the upcoming scholastic seasons to see how these summer successes will translate.”

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