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Jess Wojtkowiak breaks S-GI school record at state competitions

RUNNING TO VICTORY — Springville-Griffith Institute athlete Jess Wojtkowiak (center) competed at Cornell University on March 2, breaking her own school record for the second week in a row, in the 1,500, with a time of 5:02.96.
SPRINGVILLE — Springville-Griffith Institute junior Jess Wojtkowiak saved her best for last, when she represented her school at Cornell University on March 2, for the state competitions in indoor track.

During her previous race, Wojtkowiak broke the school’s record in the 1,500, but that record did not last long. When she took the track on March 2, Wojtkowiak finished that race with a time of 5:02.96, setting S-GI’s new record in the 1,500.

Upon the conclusion of the track season, Wojtkowiak was named the distance most valuable player for the Springville girls squad.

During her season, she broke two other school records, in addition to the 1,500. She set records in the 1,000 and 3,000, en route to the state championships at Cornell University.

She qualified for sectionals, along with seven other local athletes, in 13 different events.

Justin DeWitt, Joe Cocina, Tyler Olrogg, Sierra “Poey” Bowen, Lexi Lines, Hanna Hebden and Sam Peterman also represented Springville, at sectionals.

Wojtkowiak highlighted the sectionals, with a fourth place finish in the 1,500, while also coming in fifth in the 3,000. She also participated in the 4-by-800 relay, with McKenzie Maloy, Kalei Brautlacht and Peterman, finishing fifth in Western New York.

Springville-GI’s Lines was named the sprint MVP, for the girls. In sectionals, she came in 10th, in hurdles.

This season, she also set a school record, as well, in the 55-hurdles event.

Cocina was named MVP for distance, among the boys. At sectionals, he came in sixth, in the 1,000. DeWitt was the boys’ sprint MVP.

Bowen set a school record in the pole vault, this season.

Eighth grader Peterman came in seventh, in the 1,500, in sectionals.

The girls 4-by-800 relay team was eighth in Western New York. This group was made up of Joelle Adamczyk, Hebden, Meghan Loop and Bowen.

Olrogg and Loop were named the most improved player for the boys and girls, respectively.

“The varsity indoor track team had an outstanding season,” said Coach Joe Marvin, who said that he is looking forward to seeing what these athletes’ futures hold.

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