SPRINGVILLE — Springville senior Nate Wolcott couldn’t have had a better day. However, Wolcott couldn’t push Springville-Griffith Institute boys track past Alden, losing to the Bulldogs 82-55 on April 22. Wolcott, the meet’s only triple winner, took first place in three events, to lead Springville in the first dual meet of the season.
Wolcott swept the hurdles, winning the 110-meter hurdles, with 17.5 seconds, and the 400-meter hurdles, with 65.3 seconds. Wolcott concluded his day by taking first place in the triple jump, with a leap of 34 feet, 11 inches.
“That was a great day for him,” Springville coach Joe Marvin said. “I think he matched his personal best from last year, in the 110 hurdles. He ran a little faster in the 400 hurdles last year, but a 65.3 is a great start to the season. I know he can triple jump farther, but he got the first place and that’s what matters. It was a great opening meet for him.”
Alden swept the top spots in the distance events, winning the 4x800 relay, 800-meter, 1,600-meter and the 3,200-meter. Alden’s Dylan Servos was a double winner, finishing first in the 800-meter and the 1,600-meter.
“Alden’s distance team is a strong team,” Marvin said. “I don’t think they can beat East Aurora, but they’re definitely the second strongest distance team in our division. We only got one point in the 3,200; they beat us in the 4x800. I was a little surprised they had some of their kids spread thin, so we did get second and third in the 800, but they swept the mile.”
Tyler Olrogg and Don Piatek finished second and third, respectively, in the 800. Piatek also took third in the 3,200.
Senior Talon Berry added two first-place finishes for Springville. Berry won both the high jump and the long jump, with a leap of 18 feet, 7 inches in the long jump and clearing 5 feet, 2 inches on the high jump. Senior Ryan O’Hara won the pole vault event, clearing 8 feet, 6 inches. Junior Trey Aebly led Springville’s sprinters and concluded Springville’s top finishers, winning the 100-meter, with 11.9. Berry finished just behind Aebly to take second, with a time of 12.2. Berry and Aebly were both on Springville’s 4x100 relay team, that was just edged out by Alden.
“We lost the 4x100 by a couple tenths,” Marvin said. “They didn’t crush us. What are you going to do? They ran a 47.1, we ran a 47.5; that’s apples-to-apples right there. We had three pretty bad hand-offs in my opinion, but we still ran better than we did in our scrimmage, so that’s a positive.”
Springville’s swept the jumping and hurdling events, but were swept by Alden in the relays. Alden won the 4x100 and the 4x400.
“They’re a deeper team than us,” Marvin said about his team’s struggle in relays,” But we’re really struggling in mid-distance areas, right now.”
Junior Tom Schweickert had two second-place finishes for Springville, coming in second behind Wolcott in the 110-meter hurdles and finished as the runner-up in 400-meter. Schweickert tweaked his hamstring in the long jump and had to pull out of the 200-meter, because of the injury.
“That definitely hurt us,” Marvin said. “Tommy is our fastest 200 [runner].”
Senior Brandon Ball took second in the shot put, with a throw of 38 feet, 11.5 inches. Ball also had a third-place finish in the discus. Alden’s Phil Zobrest swept the throwing events, winning the shot put and the discus. Zobrest has signed to play football at Division 1-AA Holy Cross, next fall.
The loss will make for an uphill battle, if Springville hopes to win the second division title in three years. With only three dual meets remaining, Springville may need to win out and get some help from other teams. The race for the division title will likely be a race between Springville, Alden and East Aurora.
“I think we’re exactly where I thought we’d be,” Marvin said. “We need our field events to come through against East Aurora to make it a close meet. If we can pull out against East Aurora, I think East Aurora can give Alden a battle. If East Aurora beats them, that would make us tied for division. Nobody likes a tie, but I’ll take a tie over third place.”
Marvin took some of his top athletes to the Dunkirk Invitational on April 25, before traveling to Maryvale on April 29.