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S-GI boys track team looks for ECIC division title with a strong showing

Tom Schweickert

SPRINGVILLE — Talon Berry, Nate Wolcott and Matt Adams are senior captains on the Springville-Griffith Institute boys track team. All three are multi-sport athletes who have one thing on their minds, before laying their high school sports careers to rest: a division title.

“I think winning a division title is certainly a possibility this year,” Wolcott said. “It’s really exciting to think about. We all just have to put in that extra effort in our practices and I think we have a great chance.”

Wolcott and Berry will be anchoring Springville in both sprints and field events. Berry will be competing in the long jump and high jump, as well as running the 100- and 200-meter, while being a leg on those relay teams at times, too.

Berry finished second overall in the long jump, out of small schools at the Erie County Interscholastic Conference Championships last season and won numerous 100 and 200 events, in dual meets.

Wolcott was a sectional qualifier in the pentathlon and will be contributing in the triple jump, 110-meter hurdles and 400-meter hurdles.

“They’re leaders on our team; they’re going to be integral to our success,” Springville coach Joe Marvin said, of Wolcott and Berry.

“They’re going to be key components, but in track – you need a team. They can win every event they’re in and we can still lose by a landslide, if everyone else isn’t pulling along.”

Junior Tom Schweickert qualified for sectionals in the 400 hurdles last season and will run 110 hurdles, too. Adams will team up with seniors Brandon Ball and J.P. Oatman and sophomore Josh Ball, to solidify Springville’s throwing team.

“Matt and Brandon should both be winning shot [put] in dual meets,” Marvin said. “They have a good little battle going on between them. Brandon was a couple feet ahead of Matt last year, but they’ve evened out. Hopefully, Oatman can hit 40 feet [in shot put], too.”

Junior Garrett Olrogg returns to throw discus after being the team’s No.1 discus thrower, last year.

Springville’s distance team will be led by sophomore Tyler Olrogg, who was one of Springville’s best in distance events, last season. Don Piatek, Brad Zifra and Jake Gorski round out Springville’s top distance runners, according to Marvin.

Berry will be the team’s fastest runner, in the 100- and 200-meter, but he will be aided in sprints by juniors Trey Aebley and Jake Moroge. Aebley will also be running 400s and Moroge will see time in the high jump.

Senior Ryan O’Hara will be the team’s leader in the pole vault and can clear 10 feet. Sophomore Hunter Louth and senior Andrew Lavanture will both contribute in the pole vault and in jumping events.

Marvin said he has been impressed by a few newcomers, including junior Calvin Gath, freshman Bobby Connors and freshman DJ Lynch. With a mix of seniors and underclassman, Springville has a chance to contend for a division title.

“I think a lot will be told about how we do against Alden,” Marvin said. “Even if we fall to Alden, somebody else can knock them off and we have a great chance against everyone else in our division.”

Springville will travel to Fredonia for a scrimmage on April 7, before hosting Alden on April 22, for the first league dual meet of the season.

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