WEST VALLEY — During what Coach Kris Fuller called “their largest victory, of the season,” the West Valley Central School girls track team’s athletes racked up a 109 – 30 win against Cattaraugus-Little Valley, on May 14.
The game featured several performances from West Valley runners, who helped the team rack up its high score. Rachael Zimmer and Janae Hamilton were the leaders, but were aided by several teammates.
Zimmer and Hamilton had 4 wins, each. Zimmer’s first place finishes came in the 100-meter hurdles, 200-meter dash, long jump and the 4-by-100 relay, where she teamed up with Hamilton, Jordan Seltzer and Megan Bailey.
In addition to the 4-by-100 relay, Hamilton won the 100- and 400-meter dashes, while also participating on the 4-by-400 relay team with Seltzer, Bailey and Maddison Swalsy.
As well as participating in the two relays, Seltzer won the 400-meter dash and finished second, in the 100-meter dash, and third, in the long jump.
Kelsey Chai had 3 wins, as well. Two of those, the 1,500- and the 3,000-meter runs, were individual events. She joined Lauren Olejniczak, who was second in the 400- and 800-meter dashes, and Taylor Williams, also second in the triple jump and third in the 800-meter dash, to win the 4-by-800 relay.
In individual competitions, Bailey was second, in the 100-meter dash and third, in the long jump.
Kaitlyn Snayczuk was first, in the shot put and second to West Valley’s Cameron McLeod, in the discus throw. Hannah Doro won the triple jump and Marissa Hamilton won the high jump and finished third, in the 100-meter dash.
Olejniczak was second, in both the 400- and 800-meter dashes. Andrea Gentner was second, in the 100-meter hurdles, and third, in the 400-meter hurdles. Williams finished second, in the triple jump and third, in the 800-meter dash. Swalsy earned third place, in the 200- and 400-meter dashes.
Later in the week, the girls could not keep their momentum, falling to Salamanca, in a 75 – 66 final.
Janae Hamilton had 3 wins, including the 100- and 400-meter dashes, along with a team victory, in the 4-by-100 relay, with Zimmer, Seltzer and Bailey.
Zimmer was second, in the 100-meter hurdles and the 200-meter dash, but won the long jump.
Doro won the triple jump. McLeod won the discus throw and Snayczuk was first, in the shot put.
Chai won the 3,000-meter run and came in second place, in the 1,500-meter run. She was also part of the 4-by-800 relay team, along with Olejniczak, Jessica Wojowicz and Williams.
Seltzer earned second place, in the 400-meter hurdles, and Olejniczak was second, in the 400-meter dash, finishing third, in the 800-meter dash. Gentner came in third, in the 100-meter hurdles, and Marissa Hamilton took third place, in the 200-meter dash.
The boys were also in action, but did not encounter any overall success. In competing against Cattaraugus-Little Valley and Salamanca, the boys lost by the same score twice: 99 – 42.
Alex Steinbroner was the leader again, against Cattaraugus-Little Valley, winning the triple jump and coming in second, in both the 100- and the 200-meter dash.
Ethan Boberg and Collin Proctor also won events, in the long jump and 400-meter dash, respectively. Frank Cardomone earned second place, in both the long jump and high jump.
Brandon Blackwell was second, in the 100-meter hurdles, while Connor Greene also had a second-place finish, coming behind Steinbroner, in the triple jump. Green was third, in the 100-meter hurdles.
Eli DeChance earned third place, in two competitions: the 1,600-meter and 3,200 meter. Phillip Kurtis was third, in both the 200- and 400-meter hurdles.
In the throwing events, Cory Tomblin came in third place, in the discus and Brandon Rockwood was third, in the shot put.
Against Salamanca, Steinbroner won the triple jump again and took the 200-meter dash, as well. He was second, in the 100-meter dash, for the second straight time.
DeChance won both the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs, after finishing third in both, during the last meet. Proctor was second, in the 400-meter dash, and Boberg was second, in the long jump.
Aaron Blank took second place, in the 3,200-meter, behind DeChance. Cardamone was third, in both the long jump and high jump, while Greene earned third place, in the triple jump. Blackwell was third, in the 100-meter hurdles.
All of these Springville track team meets were held on May 14.