WEST VALLEY — Despite winning multiple events in Portville on April 17, the West Valley girls track team fell to the host team, by a final score of 88 – 47.
Although her team lost, Meghan Bailey finished first, in two events, including the 200-meter dash, in which she had a time of 28.8 seconds, and the 1,500-meter run, which she finished, in 5:41. Rookie Andrea Gentner completed what Coach Kristopher Fuller called “the surprise performance of the night,” when she won the 100-meter hurdles, in 20 seconds, her first time competing in the event. Gentner also finished third, in the 400-meter hurdles.
Jordan Seltzer took No. 1 in the shot put, with her throw of 24 feet, 1 inch, and got second, in the 400-meter hurdles. Kelsey Chai finished the 3,000-meter run in 12:47, for a first place finish, while coming in second, in the 1,500-meter run. Taylor Williams was third, in both the triple jump and the 800-meter run. Cameron McLeod finished second, in the discus throw and third, in the long jump, while Trisha Thomas took third, in the discus throw. Lauren Olejniczak was second, in the 400-meter run; Alex Gentner finished third, in the 100-meter hurdles and Rena Riley came in third, in the 100-meter dash. Jessica Wojtowicz competed in the 400-meter dash, as well, finishing third.
On the same day, the boys from West Valley also lost to the Portville Panthers. The final score was 100 – 30. The boys were led by Alex Steinbroner and Frank Cardamone. Steinbroner was first, in the triple jump and second, in the 100- and 200-meter dash, while Cardamone won the high jump, with a mark of 5 feet, 8 inches.
“[Cardamone’s jump] is impressive, considering his best, last season, was 5 feet,” said Fuller. “Frank has dedicated numerous hours, this season, to conquering the high jump and is off to a great start.” Steinbroner’s and Cardamone’s feats already meet the requirements for provisional qualifying standard heights, for the Section 6 Championship.
In other events, Taylor Grinols finished second, in the 400-meter hurdles and third, in the 110-meter hurdles. Eli Dechane was second, in the 3,200-meter run and third, in the 1,600-meter run, while Alex Paddock took second, in the 800-meter run. Jack Haley was third, in the 3,200; Aaron Blank was third, in the 800-meter and Connor Greene finished third, in the triple jump.
On April 19, the Wildcats headed to Alleghany, along with 10 other teams, to compete in the Gator Relays. Both West Valley teams came in ninth. The girls defeated Fillmore and the boys finished ahead of Gowanda and Franklinville.
The girls came in third, in the 1,500-meter run relay, on the strength of Bailey and Chai, and also finished third, in the high jump relay, thanks to the efforts of Bailey and Rachael Zimmer. Zimmer also took fourth place, in the 100-meter hurdles. The boys came in second, in the triple jump, with accomplishments from Steinbroner and Greene.
The Wildcats were scheduled to compete in Cassadega Valley on April 23, before heading out to Olean, for the Olean Invitational on April 27.