RECORDING BREAKING TEAM: Springville-Griffith Institute runners Trey Aebly, Nate Wolcott, Talon Berry and Jake Moroge broke the school record for the 4x100 relay at the May 20 meet aganist Depew. The team ran a time of 45.3 seconds, the previous record, set in 1999, was 45.7. Photo by Dave DeLuca
Twenty minutes before the start of the 4x100 relay, Springville’s Trey Aebly and Nate Wolcott were practicing handoffs. Prior to that, Wolcott had already won the 110 hurdles and 400 hurdles and Aebly already collected first place finishes in the 100 meter and 200 meter. The two track standouts could be satisfied with those performances alone, however, the highlight of their track season was just 20 minutes away.
Aebly and Wolcott would team up with Talon Berry and Jake Moroge to break the school record in the 4x100 relay with a time of 45.3. The record-breaking performance was also the deciding factor in the Springville boy’s track team defeating of Depew, 74-69, on May 20 at Pop Warner Field in Springville.
“Doing it now, it’s a big accomplishment,”Berry said. “The record hasn’t been broken since ‘99. Honestly, I’m still shaking right now after doing it. It’s the greatest feeling on Earth.”
“It’s feels great, we’ve been working hard all year for this,” Wolcott said. “It finally came around, we finally got it. Mentally, we were extra focused today. We really prepared ourselves. Coming in, we had the confidence that we could do it. It feels amazing. I’ve never felt anything like this.”
The record had been untouched at Springville for the past 15 years. In 1999, Jason Shelley, James Bialasik, Joe Hahg, and Tristan Barr set the record with a time of 45.7.
Entering the event this year, Springville and Depew were tied at 69-69, the record-breaking race gave Springville five points to clinch the win.
“That couldn’t have been set up more perfectly,” Springville coach Joe Marvin said. “To break the school record and get the win all at once, that was almost storybook. All of the handoffs were smooth and they ran great times. They’re typically a pretty smooth group, it was more so a matter of time with them, getting into better shape as the season went along.”
With the record being set in a dual meet, the 4x100 relay is the last eventt and all four of the boys competed in three events prior. Their new time has positioned themselves to compete at the Section VI Championships on May 30 and 31, at Olean High School. At sectionals, Marvin hopes they can get under 45 seconds because the group will be fresh, not having to compete in three events before. Marvin also mentioned that the success couldn’t have happened to a better group.
“Honestly, doing this as long as I have, they’re just a really good group of kids,” Marvin said. “I have four young boys myself, if they had four friends like them, I’d feel pretty good about the company they’ve kept.”
Berry, Wolcott and Aebly were all double-winners in the individual events. Wolcott set personal-records in the 110 hurdles (16.4) and the 400 hurdles (61.2) to take first in both. Wolcott took second in the triple jump with a mark of 36’1”. Berry won the long jump (18’6.75”) and the high jump (5’2”). Aebly took first in the 100 meter (11.7) and the 200 meter (24.2), as well as finishing second in the 400 (56.7). Ryan O’Hara won the pole vault. Moroge had a solid day, too, along with running the first leg of the record-setting 4x100, Moroge took second in the 100 (11.9), 200 (24.7) and the high jump (5’).
Garrett Olrogg won the discus with a throw of 119’, his best mark of the season. Springville had a few second place finishes, led by Tyler Olrogg who finished second in the 1600 (5:19) and the 3200 (11:21). Matt Adams took second in the shot put with a personal-best throw of 42’1”. Adams missed taking first place by a half inch. Brad Zifra took third in the 400 hurdles (70.6) and Don Piatek took third in the 800 (2:21).
“We knew it was going to be a tough meet, they match up pretty well with us,”Marvin said. “They have better distance runners in their program as far as times go. We were pretty confident in our sprints going into it, but their field events were really strong. Luckily, our field events came up pretty well.”
Springville traveled to Jamestown on May 23 and 24 for the ECIC Championships.