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West Valley track teams take victories in Cassadaga Valley

JUMP FOR IT — Rachael Zimmer is pictured, above, winning the 100-meter hurdles in a meet against Cassadaga Valley. Photo by Kelsey Chai.
WEST VALLEY — Both the West Valley Central School girls and boys track teams traveled to Cassadaga Valley last week and, “Won in dominating fashion,” according to Coach Kris Fuller. The Wildcats performed on April 23, against the Cougars, and the girls team won 99 – 33, while the boys team prevailed, by an 84 – 53 score. Both meets featured notable performances, from the teams’ respective athletes.

Leading the Lady Wildcats were Rachael Zimmer and Janae Hamilton, both of whom won four events. Zimmer took the 100-meter hurdles in 17.2 seconds, the 200-meter in 28.4 and the long jump with a 14 feet, 6 1/2 inches mark, while finishing off her afternoon, as a member of the victorious 4-by-100 relay team. Hamilton won the 100-meter dash in 13.8, while taking the 400-meter dash in 1:09.7 and participating on two winning relay teams: the 4-by-100-meter and 4-by-400.

Kelsey Chai and Jordan Seltzer each won three events, in the track meet. Chai took the 1,500-meter run in 5:41, the 3,000-meter run in 12:25 and participated with the victorious 4-by-800-meter relay team. Teammate Seltzer won the 400-meter hurdles in 1:18.7, while competing on the winning 4-by-100-meter and 4-by-400-meter relay teams. She finished second in the shot put, as well.

Taylor Williams had a banner afternoon, as well. She won the 800-meter run in 2:53.8 and was a member of the winning 4-by-800-meter relay team. She also came in second, in the triple jump, and third, in the high jump. Meanwhile, Megan Bailey, who also ran with the 4-by-100-meter and 4-by-400-meter teams, took second, in both the 100-meter dash and the high jump. Teammate Kaitlyn Snayczuk won the shot put, with 26 feet, and finished second, in the discus throw, with 58 feet, 9 inches. It was Cameron McLeod who won the discus throw, with a mark of 76 feet, 1 inch.

Several other girls from West Valley were top finishers, as well. Andrea Gentner was second in the 100-meter hurdles, while Trisha Thomas, in the 400-meter hurdles, and Maddie Swalcy, in the 200-meter dash, were also second-place finishers. Mary Bohn was third, in the 800-meter run; Jessica Wojtowicz was third, in the 400-meter dash and Marissa Hamilton was also third, in the 100-meter dash.

All three relays went to the Wildcats. The teams were as follows: Seltzer, Janae Hamilton, Bailey and Zimmer comprised the 4-by-100-meter team; Hamilton, Marissa Hamilton, Seltzer and Bailey made up the 4-by-400-meter team and Chai, Williams, Hannah Doro and Snayczuk participated on the 4-by- 800-meter team.

Alex Steinbroner led the way, for the boys team, which also won. He took four victories: the 100-meter dash, the 200-meter dash, the triple jump and the 4-by-100-meter relay, along with Ethan Boberg, Collin Proctor and Taylor Grinols. Proctor took two other wins, in addition to the 4-by-100-meter relay, including the 400-meter dash, while joining Ethan Blank, Jesse Nelson and Grinols on the 4-by-400-meter team. Boberg won the long jump and Frank Cardamone won the high jump. The boys won the 4-by-800-meter relay, with a team comprised of Aaron Blank, Eli DeChane, Jack Haley and Alex Paddock, taking home all three relays.

Both teams were back at it on Saturday, April 27 in Olean, for the annual Olean Invitational. Zimmer and Seltzer headlined the ladies, with Zimmer’s taking fifth, in the 100-meter hurdles, sixth, in the 200-meter dash and sixth, in the long jump, reaching a personal best at 14 feet, 7 3/4 inches. Selzter was fourth, in the 400-meter hurdles. Along the way, the girls defeated Addison, Bolivar Richburg, Otto-Eldred and Oswayo Valley.

On the same day, the boys were led by Steinbroner, again. He came in second in the 200-meter dash, with a time of 23.59, while taking second in the triple jump, as well, with a score of 40 feet, 1 3/4 inches. He also took third, in the 100-meter dash, at 11.83 seconds. Cardamone was fourth, in the high jump. The boys had wins against Holland, Fillmore, Bolivar-Richburg, Otto-Eldred and Cuba-Rushford, at the invitational.

West Valley was set to compete against Franklinville and Falconer, April 30, Pioneer on May 4.


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