A TOSS-UP — Kaitlyn Snayczuk sets a new school record in the shot put, throwing for 33 feet, 6 1/2 inches, besting the previous record of 32 feet, 8 1/2, held by Alicia Schichtel and set in 2000. Photo submitted by Kristopher Fuller.
WEST VALLEY — A pair of victories last week concluded the season for the West Valley Central School Lady Wildcats, pushing their overall record to an even 5 – 5, on the season.
West Valley suited up against both Frewsburg and Westfield on May 21 and swept both events with scores of 68 – 64 and 95.5 – 35.5, respectively.
Highlighting the games were Kaitlyn Snayczuk and Rachael Zimmer, whose performances automatically qualified the girls for the Section 6 meet.
Snayczuk broke a school record, when she reached the 33 feet, 6 1/2 inch mark in the shot put, while Zimmer set a personal best, for the second week in a row, in the long jump, leaping 16 feet, 3 inches.
The win against Frewsburg marked the team’s closest meet of the season. Snayczuk helped not only by winning the shot put, but by taking the discus, as well. In addition to winning the long jump, Zimmer was second, in both the 100-meter hurdles and the 200-meter run.
Along with Megan Bailey, Jordan Seltzer and Hannah Doro, Zimmer participated on the winning 4-by-100 relay team.
Along with the relay, Bailey added two more wins: the 100-meter and 400-meter runs. Kelsey Chai won the 3,000-meter run and was second in the 1,500-meter.
Seltzer placed second, in the 400-meter hurdles and the shot put.
Taylor Williams was in the top three, in three competitions: the high jump (second), the triple jump (third) and the 800-meter run (third). Marissa Hamilton finished behind Williams in the high jump, at third place.
Rounding out the individual events were Lauren Olejniczak and Maddison Swalcy. Olejniczak was second in the 800-meter run and Swalcy came in third place, in the 100-meter dash.
The match against Westfield was not as close as the meet against Frewsburg, but Zimmer was again one of the leaders. She tripled, by winning the long jump and 100-meter hurdles, while also participating in the 4-by-100-meter relay. She was also second, in the 200-meter run.
The team of Zimmer, Bailey, Seltzer and Doro won the 4-by-100-meter relay, while Bailey, Seltzer, Olejniczak and Swalcy won the 4-by-400-meter. On top of those events, Bailey won an individual event: the 400-meter dash. She was second, in the 100-meter dash. Seltzer also won the 400-meter hurdles and was third, in the shot put.
Snayczuk against took first-place honors, in the shot put and discus throw. Chai had two wins, as well, including the 1,500- and 3,000-meter runs. Williams got a first place finish in the high jump. She moved up in both the triple jump and 800-meter, taking second in both events.
Only Olejniczak, with a first-place finish, came in front of Williams, in the 800.
Doro was first, in the triple jump and third, in the 100-meter hurdles.
Andrea Gentner took second, in the 100-meter hurdles, and Trisha Thomas finished second, in the 400-meter hurdles.
Liz Dusterhus won second place, in the long jump, and Hamilton was second, in the high jump.
Swalcy took third, in the 100-meter dash, McLeod was third, in the discus, and Jessica Wojtowicz was third, in the 800-meter, behind Olejniczak and Williams.