MAKE THE DASH — Tom Schweickert competed in the 400 hurdles at sectionals, for the Springville boys varsity track team. Photo by Dave DeLuca.
SPRINGVILLE — Upon the conclusion of the Springville-Griffith Institute boys track team’s season, several student athletes were recognized, for their performances, throughout the year.
Six athletes were selected, in six different categories, depending on the events in which they specialized. These awards were given out after the team concluded its season on June 1 at Pioneer High School, for sectionals.
Talon Berry was named the most valuable player, in jumps, after finishing fourth in the Erie County Interscholastic Conference tournament, held in Hamburg on May 24 and 25, and second overall in small schools, with his long jump of 19 feet, 8 1/4 inches. Berry also ran in 12.75 seconds in trials, in Hamburg.
Justin Dewitt, who finished with a 12.94 in the trials at the ECIC, was named MVP, in sprints. In throws, Matt Adams was MVP, after an ECIC throw of 40 feet, 6 3/4 inches, in the shot put. That mark ranked him sixth, among athletes from small schools.
Mitch Bunic was MVP, in distance. He had a time of 5 minutes, 5.91 seconds, in the 1,600-meter run, in Hamburg, and a 10:52.51, in the 3,200-meter run, at the same event. In addition, he finished in the top 10, in Section 6 track, at 10:51.98, in the 3,000-meter steeple chase. He finished eighth, overall.
Springville handed out two most improved player awards, to Nate Wolcott, in track, and Garrett Olrogg, in field. At Hamburg, Wolcott finished the 400-hurdles in 1:05.95 and the 110-hurdles in 17.78. Olrogg participated in the disc throw and reached the mark of 91 feet, 3 inches, at the ECIC.
During another Hamburg event, Trey Aebly ran a 12:27, in the 100-meter dash, qualifying him for the semifinals. That time ranked him fourth, in small schools.
ON THE WAY — Springville-Griffith Institute’s Mitch Bunic, center, finished in the top 10, in Section 6 track. In the 3,000-meter steeplechase event, he finished eighth overall, with a time of 10 minutes and 20 seconds. Photo courtesy of Joseph Bunic.
Don Piatek ran the 800 in 2:24.94 and Ryan O’Hara hit the 10-foot mark, in the pole vault, good for eighth, among students from small schools.
At the ECIC, Tom Schweikert finished the 110-hurdles in 18.29 and had a 1:02.44, in the 400-hurdles, good for fifth in small schools and 10th, overall. That performance also landed him in the finals.
Schweikert also participated in the 400-hurdles, at sectionals. “He ran hard, but had a few bad hurdles that affected his time,” Coach Joe Marvin said.
Ethan Benz, Berry, Dewitt and Wolcott teamed up in the 4-by-100 and were seventh, in small schools at 49.17. Benz, Schweickert, Aebly and Bunic were eighth, in small schools, in the 4-by-400, finishing in 3:51.98.