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Two Springville-GI athletes place at track championships

SPRINGVILLE — While the names of Springville athletes were absent from the most valuable player ballot, two students from Springville-Griffith Institute made their mark at the track championships, held in Fredonia, last weekend.

The meet was held at Fredonia State College on Feb. 16. S-GI’s Joe Cocina and Sierra Bowen placed, in their respective competitions.

Cocina earned a fourth place finish in the 1,600, for the boys team. His time was 4:46.9, trailing T.J. Hornberger of Lake Shore, who had a 4:21. Tim Whelan, with 4.42.7, and Noah McGhee, with 4.44.2, both from Cheektowaga, also finished ahead of Cocina. Springville failed to place in any of the other boys competitions.

Bowen participated in the pole vault and placed fifth. Her mark was 8 feet, 2 inches behind the winning mark of 10 feet, which was set by Jen Wasielewski of Depew. Madison Robertson of Iroquois jumped 9 feet, 9 inches, for second place, followed by Lisa Dunbar of Dunkirk, with nine feet, 6 inches and Taylor Benzin, also of Depew, with 9 feet. Bowen was the only girl from Springville to finish in the top six.

Section VI also released its ballots for most valuable player and coach of the year. Springville was listed in the “small school” category, but did not garner any attention for these awards.

The finalists for the 2012-13 MVP award for small schools are Andy Smigiera of West Seneca East, Matt Civilette of Fredonia/Westfield, Whelan, Louis Capizzi of Kenmore East, Devon Patterson of Williamsville South, Hornberger and Kevin Freedman of Grand Island.

The finalists for coach of the year among small schools are Rich Bridenbaker of Cheektowaga, Jason Bibler of Grand Island and Tom Wood of Iroquois.

A third straight meet in Fredonia for Springville, the sectional competition, was conducted on Feb. 21.

The next action the teams will see will be the state competitions at Cornell on Saturday, May 2. The time of those competitions has yet to be announced.

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