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S-GI track defeats Depew

SPRINGVILLE — After the Frontier Invitational, scheduled for May 10, was cancelled due to weather conditions, the Springville-Griffith Institute boys track team got back to its season schedule, hosting Depew on May 14.

Heading in with a 1 – 2 record, including an 88 – 50 loss, in its April 30 meet at East Aurora, the Griffins managed to even their record with an 80 – 61 win. Springville improved to 2 – 0 at home, with the victory.

The boys won all three team relays. Don Piatek, Elliott Tesmer, Tyler Olrogg and Mitch Bunic combined for a 9 minutes, 50 second time in the 4-by-800. Justin Dewitt, Ethan Benz, Nate Wolcott and Talon Berry won the 4-by-100 in 47 seconds. Benz, Trey Aebly, Bunic and Schweickert completed the 4-by-400 in 3.57.8.

In individual competitions, Talon Berry had three wins, in addition to his team relay win. Berry finished the 100-meter dash in 12 seconds, edging out schoolmate Trey Aebly, who finished in 12.2 seconds. Berry won the long jump, as well, with a jump of 18 feet, 5 3/4 inches. He jumped 5 feet, 4 inches, in the high jump, for his third win.

Along with his relay win and his finish in the 100-meter dash, Aebly was first in the 200-meter run, with a time of 24.7, ahead of Springville’s other finisher, Jake Moroge. Moroge finished in 25 seconds and also took third place, in the high jump, with a 5 foot, 2 inch mark. Springville also had second place, in the high jump, which was Nick Lavanture’s 5 foot, 2-inch mark, barely edging out Moroge’s jump.

Wolcott may not have won any events, but he finished in a few. In the 110 hurdles, he finished in 17.3 seconds – good for third place. He was third in the 400-hurdles, as well, finishing in 1:03.5, a mark that was behind only one schoolmate, Schweickert. whose 1:01.2 earned him second place. Wolcott’s best event was the triple jump, in which he finished second, with a total of 35 feet, 11.75 inches. Springville’s Devon White-Kearns was third, in the triple jump. His combined mark was 32 feet, 6 1/2 inches.

Bunic won the 1,600-meter run, with a time of 5:06. Springville’s Olrogg took second, in that event, at 5:11. Olrogg was second in the 800, as well and Springville’s Tesmer was third. Matt Adams got 41 feet, 8 inches, in the shot put; Benz ran the 400-meter run and Ryan O’Hara vaulted 9 feet, 6 inches, for other second-place Springville finishes. O’Hara’s mark was a tie for second.

With a 2 – 2 record, including an 0 – 2 record on the road, Springville was scheduled to head out to Clarence for the Clarence Classic on May 18.

After that meet, the track team will not compete again until the Erie County Interscholastic Conference’s competitions on Friday, May 24 and Saturday, May 25. All events for that meet will be held at Hamburg High School. Friday’s competitions begin at 2 p.m., while the event will start again at noon, the following day.
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