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S-GI boys track evens up its record, on the season, with loss to Alden

SPRINGVILLE — The Springville-Griffith Institute boys track team got its spring season going, when it visited Alden on April 16, for its first meet of the season.

A cancellation of the April 11 scrimmage in Dunkirk made the meet versus Alden the official beginning of the track season, for the Springville boys. While a couple of Griffins highlighted the event, the team fell 107 – 25.

Sophomore Tom Schweickert led the way, in the losing effort, finishing first, in both the 110-hurdles and the 400-hurdles, with times of 18.3 seconds and 1:07.9, respectively.

Junior Nate Wolcott came right behind Schweickert, in both of those events, finishing in 19.7 seconds, in the 110-hurdles, and getting a time of 1:08.8, in the 400-hurdles, earning second place, in both events. In addition, he placed third, in the triple jump, with a total of 34 feet, 1/2 inches. This is Wolcott’s first season, participating on the track team.

Sophomore Tyler Olrogg placed third, in the 3,200, at 12:02 and, although he was credited with no points, ran the 1,600 in 5:09. Junior Talon Berry was second, in the 100-meter dash, with 12.1 and, in the high jump, sophomore Jake Moroge and freshman Nick Lavanture placed second, with 5 feet, 2 inches, and third, with 5 feet, respectively.

A week later, the boys sought to even their record. The team hosted Maryvale, for a home opener, and succeeded in gaining its first win of the season. The final score was 114 – 24 in favor of Springville, as the varsity team evened its record to 1 – 1.

The same duo came through again, as Schweickert won both the 110-hurdles and 400-hurdles, with times of 17.9 and 1:04.3. Both marks were improvements of his first place numbers from the last meet. In addition, he came in second, in the 200, with a time of 25.4. That event was won by Springville’s Trey Aebly, who beat Schweickert, with a time of 24.7. Griffin Justin DeWitt was third, at 25.5.

Wolcott took second in the 110-hurdles again, bettering his last time, at 19.2, and in the 400-hurdles, with a time of 1:06.1. Both numbers were improvements. In the triple jump, he improved, with a mark of 37 feet, 3.5 inches, to take first place, while schoolmate Andrew Lavanture came in third, with 33 feet, 3 inches.

Aebly also came in first place, in the 400. His time was 57.4, ahead of Springville’s Ethan Benz, who took second, at 58.6. Tyler Olrogg was first in the 3,200, at 11:25.6, followed by Mitch Bunic in second, at 11:31. Bunic came in second in the 800, as well, finishing in 2:15, ahead of schoolmate Don Piatek, who took third, at 2:25. Bunic won the 1,600, finishing in 4:55.8. Olrogg was third, in that event, completing the competition in 5:04.9.

Berry won the 100-meter dash, with a time of 11.6, and the long jump, at 18 feet, 7 1/2 inches. His jump of 5 feet, 6 inches was also first in the high jump, while Nick Lavanture was second, at 5 feet, 2 inches, and Hunter Louth was third, after jumping 4 feet, 10 inches. Louth competed in the long jump, as well, and finished third, after setting a mark of 15 feet, 4 1/2 inches.

Brandon Ball won the shot put and finished second, in the discus throw. His marks in those events were 42 feet, 2 inches and 100 feet, 9 inches, respectively. Both his mark and Matt Adam’s 40-foot, 10-inch record, in the shot put, qualified these Griffins for provisional sectionals. Garret Olrogg came in third, in the discus, at 99 feet, 3 inches.

Ryan O’Hara, another provisional sectional qualifier, finished first, in the pole vault, with a mark of 10 feet, 6 inches.

Justin DeWitt and Devon White-Kearns finished second, with 11.9 seconds, and third, with 12.2, respectively, in the 100-meter dash.

Springville won all three team events. In the 4-by-800, Piatek, Elliott Tessmer, Tyler Olrogg and Bunic combined, for a time of 9:21.5. Aebly, Benz, Schweikert and White-Kearns finished the 4-by-400 in 3.57.8 and the group of DeWitt, Benz, Wolcott and Berry took the 4-by-100 in 49.2 seconds.

Springville was also scheduled to participate in the Penn Relays. Its next competition is scheduled for Tuesday, April 30, against East Aurora. That game will take place at 4:30 p.m. at the East Aurora High School.
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