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West Valley track teams drop two in Randolph

WEST VALLEY — The track teams from West Valley Central School headed out to Randolph on May 7, to take on two opponents each, but neither team could muster a victory.

The Lady Wildcats competed against Allegany-Limestone, in their first meet of the day, and came up short in an 83 – 53 defeat, despite three wins from Janae Hamilton. That athlete won the 100-meter and 400-meter dashes, before teaming up with Rachael Zimmer and Jordan Seltzer, as multiple-event winners, to take the 4-by-100-meter relay event.

In addition to the relay, Zimmer won the long jump and finished second, in both the 400-meter hurdles and shot put. Kelsey Chai was second, in the 1,500-meter run, as well as the 3,000-meter, while Megan Bailey took second place, in the 100-meter dash. Bailey also finished the 1,500-meter run, coming in third.

Andrea Gentner and Lauren Olejniczak were the remaining two second place finishers, competing in the 100-meter hurdles and 800-meter run, respectively.

The rest of the third place finishers were Madison Swalcy, in the 100-meter and 400-meter dashes; Marissa Hamilton, in the 200-meter dash and high jump and Cameron McLeod, in the discus throw.

Next, the girls competed against Randolph, on the same day, but lost, 108 – 32. This meet saw only McLeod in the discus throw as the first-place finisher, for West Valley. Zimmer was second, in the 100-meter hurdles and third, in the long jump, while Hamilton was second, in both the 100-meter and 400-meter dashes. Bailey took second, in the 100-meter dash and third, in the 1,500-meter run.

Other second place finishers were Chai, in the 1,500-meter and 3,000-meter runs; Hannah Doro, in the long jump and Seltzer, in the 400-meter hurdles. Trisha Thomas, Gentner and Olejniczak were third place winners, in the 400-meter hurdles, 100-meter hurdles and 800-meter run, respectively.

The boys track team was also in action on May 7, against the same two clubs, losing both meets. Against Alleghany-Limestone, West Valley lost 86 – 50. Alex Steinbroner, the team’s leader all season, so far, tripled by winning the 100-meter dash and triple jump and teaming up with Frank Cardamone and Ethan Boberg, to take the 4-by-100-meter relay. Alex Paddock was the only other event winner, taking first, in the 800-meter run.

Cardamone was second, in the high jump, and Jack Hailey took a second place finish, as well, in the 800-meter run, as West Valley went 1 – 2, in that event. Philip Kurtis was second, in both the 200 and 400-meter dashes, while Eli Dechane had two second-place finishes, as well, including the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs. Noah Butler was the other Wildcat to finish in second, in the 400-meter hurdles event. He was third in the 100-meter hurdles, as well.

Brandon Blackwell, in the high jump; Boberg in the long jump; Aaron Blank, in the 3,200-meter run and Ethan Blank, in the 200-meter dash, all took third place finishes.

The second meet was less in favor of the visiting Wildcats, who lost to Randolph 115 – 21. The only winner was Steinbroner, who took the triple jump. He was also second, in the 100-meter dash.

That meet saw two others from West Valley finish in second place: Butler, in the 100-meter hurdles, and Dechane, in both the 1,600-meter run and the 3,200-meter run. There were five third place markers, including Boberg’s long jump, Cardomone’s high jump, Blackwell’s 100-meter hurdles run, Kurtis’s 200-meter dash and Aaron Blank’s 3,200-meter run.

The Wildcats were back in action on May 14, looking to end their slide. On that date, West Valley hosted Salamanca and Cattaraugus-Little Valley. The team’s next meet was Friday, May 17, which was the super eight meet in Salamanca.


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