SPRINGVILLE — Jess Wojtkowiak made an impression, last indoor track season. The Springville-Griffith Institute track athlete broke the school record in the 1,500-meter and the 3,000, on her way to qualifying for the New York State Championships at Cornell University.
Wojtkowiak, now a senior, will now look to make another trip to the state meet.
“We’re really hoping for her to go to states again,” said Springville track coach Joe Marvin. “She’s not there, in the standings yet, but we hope she’ll get there.”
Wojtkowiak led Springville at the team’s recent meet on Jan. 4, held at the State University of New York at Fredonia. Wojtkowiak finished second in the 3,000-meter, with a time of 11 minutes, 21 seconds. Springville’s Elle Russell finished in fifth place, with a time of 11:58.
“Elle has really come on strong, both in cross-country and indoor,” said Marvin. “She has a good ethic and she’s been getting a lot stronger, lately. She’s young and still developing, but she has that hunger for it.”
Russell and Wojtkowiak were both part of Springville’s 4-by-800 team, whose 11:53 finish was good enough for fifth place, at the meet. Newcomers to the team, Ashlea Broeneman and Ashley Lenau, were also on that team.
Other returnees to the team include Sara Marren and Joelle Adamczyk.
Marren will compete in sprints and jumps, while Adamczyk, a sectional qualifier in outdoor track, will do sprints and mid-distance events. Kalei Brautlacht and McKenzie Maloy will bolster Springville’s already-strong distance team. Abby Roy will compete in the long and triple jumps. Megan Stoddard will hurdle and pole vault.
A newcomer to the team is Jess Wiede. Wiede was a sectional qualifier in outdoor track, last season, but is competing in indoor for the first time, after playing basketball in the past. Wiede has already qualified for sectionals, in the shot put.
Other newcomers to the team include Kierstin Komenda, Lizzy Miranda and Talia and Autumn Mangano.
The boys squad lacks numbers, from top-to-bottom, but will see its sprint most valuable player from last season, Justin Dewitt.
“He has a great work ethic,” said Marvin, of Dewitt. “He’s just a hard worker. It doesn’t seem to matter what’s going on around him; he just does his thing.”
Matt Adams, JP Oatman and Brandon Ball have been competing in the shot put, with Adams leading the pack. Tyler Olrogg is battling an injury but when healthy, will contribute to distance events. Nick Lavanture has cleared six feet on the high jump, in practice, and will jump in meets.
The team returned to action on Jan. 10 for a meet at Buffalo State College.