STAYING AFLOAT: McKenzie Maloy competed in the steeplechase at the ECIC championships. She will be competing in the 4x800 at the Section VI championship meet. Photo by Dave DeLuca.
SPRINGVILLE—Section VI titles and trips to the state championships will be on the line at Olean High School this weekend. The Springville boys and girls track teams will be heading down south looking to send athletes to the state meet, a popular trend at Springville of late. Four boys and 11 girls will be making the trip for the two-day meet on May 30 and 31.
Junior Jess Wiede headlines Springville’s qualifiers. Wiede, with a personal-best throw of 35’ in the shot put, places at the No. 6 seed in small schools. Senior Alena Woodarek will be competing in the 400 hurdles, pole vault and running a leg on the Lady Griffs’ 4x800 relay team. Woodarek ranks eighth in the pole vault and ninth in the 400 hurdles. Woodarek qualified for the state meet last season in the pole vault and has the potential to do it again.
“Alena always has a chance, having made it to states last year,” Springville girl’s coach Mark Heichberger said. “She’s only cleared nine feet this year, but she has the potential to go much higher. She definitely can make a run if it’s a good day.”
Woodarek’s twin sister Tia Woodarek will also be competing in the pole vault. Elle Russell will be running both the 1500 and the 3000 and senior Jess Wojtkowiak will also be competing in the 3000. Brittney Luther will run the 100 hurdles after getting a personal-record of 17.14 late in the season. Kalei Brautlacht will compete in the triple jump and sophomore Emily Zebrowski qualified in the discus with a throw of 93’ 2’’.
“Emily last year was a 70-foot thrower,” Heichberger said. “This year to throw in the low 90s and qualify for sectionals, that’s a quite a big difference. She’s done a great job this year.”
Heichberger mentioned that he is hoping his 4x800 team of Wojtkowiak, Woodarek, Megan Hanrahan and McKenzie Maloy will chase the school record. Joelle Adamczyk will run the 400 meter and anchor the 4x400 team made up of Luther, Brautlacht and Megan Loop.
“We’re looking to PR (personal-record) in most of our events.” Heichberger said.
The Lady Griffs competed in the ECIC championships on May 23 and 24. Springville’s best performance came from A.Woodarek in the 400 hurdles, who finished third among small schools with a personal-best time of 1:11.43. Maloy had a strong finish in the 2000 steeplechase despite tripping over the steeple on her third lap.
“McKenzie had the potential to PR, but that fall really hurt her time,” Heichberger said. “She did get up and ran a pretty good race, but I would have loved to see her time if she didn’t fall on that steeple.”
Russell ran a personal-best time in the 3000 to finish seventh overall in small schools.
The boy’s team has four athletes heading to sectionals. The four boys competing include: Jake Moroge, Talon Berry, Nate Wolcott and Trey Aebly. The four boys make up the 4x100 relay team that recently broke the school record. The relay team ranks seventh going in to the meet with a time of 45.5.
“I can really see them leapfrogging up into the top four, “ Springville coach Joe Marvin said of the relay team. “They’re ranked seventh, but they aren’t in seventh by a lot. The top three [times] are pretty impressive, sub 45s. Everyone else is pretty close. I think we can definitely leapfrog Falconer and Cheektowaga and take a quarter of a second to three-quarters of a second off and get a hand time of under 45.”
Wolcott qualified for three individual events along with the relay. The senior standout qualified for the 400 hurdles and the pentathlon (seventh in small schools), but he will focus on just running the 110 hurdles and the 4x100 relay. He ranks 11th in the 110 hurdles. Aebly will run the 100 meter dash and Berry will compete in the long jump. He is ranked 12th in the long jump (19’09”), but is just a foot away from the top-seed.
“In long jump, you never know,” Marvin. “He’s a capable 20-foot jumper. He definitely has it in him. He’s hit like 19’3” and 19’4” and not even touched the board when jumping. He can go 20 plus feet and he could sneak into that patching area (top four).”
Athletes that finish in first place or hit a state standard time/mark will travel to Cicero-North Syracuse High School for the New York State Championships.