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West Valley girls’ track defeats Franklinville

WEST VALLEY — Both track teams from West Valley Central Schools took on both Franklinville and Falconer teams, in Franklinville on April 30. The girls team took down Franklinville, by a final score of 73 – 64. Janae Hamilton highlighted the girls efforts with three wins: the 200-meter, the 400-meter and the 4-by-100 relay. In addition, she was second in the 100-meter. Kelsey Chai took two events, including the 1,500-meter and the 3,000-meter.

Hannah Doro finished first, in the triple jump and Meghan Bailey was second, in both the 100-meter and the long jump. In addition, she was part of the winning 4-by-100 and 4-by-400 relay teams. Lauren Olejniczack won the 800-meter and later finished second, in the 400-meter.

Jordan Seltzer was active again, participating on the 4-by-100 and 4-by-400 relay teams that were both victorious. She also was second, in the 400-hurdles. Taylor Williams was part of the 4-by-800 relay team and was second, in both the triple jump and high jump.

Mary Bohn was second, in the 1,500, Marissa Hamilton was second, in the 200 and Andrea Gentner was second, in the 100-hurdles. The relay teams were composed of Seltzer, Bailey, Madison Swalcy and Janae Hamilton, in the 4-by-100; Marissa Hamilton, Seltzer, Bailey and Swalcy, in the 4-by-400 and Chai, Doro, Williams and Olejniczak, in the 4-by-800. All three relay teams won.

Later on that day, the girls lost to Falconer by a score of 84 – 52. Chai won both the 1,500-meter and the 3,000-meter runs, in the losing effort. Hamilton had two wins, as well, finishing first, in the 200-meter and 400-meter. She also took second, in the 100-meter. Meanwhile, Seltzer won the 400-meter and was second, in the shot put. Cameron McLeod was second and third, in the shot put and discus, respectively.

Doro was second, in the triple jump and Olejniczak was second, in the 800-meter.

The boys competed in Franklinville, as well, losing to both Franklinville 75 – 62 and Falconer 106 – 41. Against Franklinville, Alex Steinbroner led the charge, with four wins: the 100-meter, 200-meter, triple jump and 4-by-100-meter relay. Taylor Grinols had three wins, including the 100-meter hurdles and two relays, the 4-by-100 and 4-by-400. Collin Proctor was also with Grinols, on both of those relay teams, while finishing second, in the 400-meter dash.

Eli Dechane was second, in both the 1,600-meter run and the 3,200-meter run. Frank Cardomone was second, in the high jump and third, in the 100-meter dash. Brandon Rockwood was second, in the triple jump.

The boys, like the girls, won all three relays, against Franklinville. Ethan Boberg, Proctor, Grinols and Steinbroner made up the 4-by-100; Jesse Nelson, Philip Kurtis, Grinols and Proctor made up the 4-by-400 and Alex Paddock, Aaron Blank, Jack Haley and Dechane made up the 4-by-800 team.

Against Falconer, Steinbroner was the leader again, finishing first, in the 100-meter and the triple jump. He was second, in the 200-meter. Proctor was first, in the long jump at 16 feet, 6 1/4 inches. Grinols was second, in the 100-meter hurdles and in the 400-meter hurdles, as well, while Dechance took second, in both the 1,600-meter and the 3,200-meter. Cardamone was second, in the high jump and Rockwood was second, in the triple jump.

The following weekend, on Saturday, May 4, the Wildcats were in Pioneer, for the Pioneer Invitational. The girls finished ninth, ahead of Holland. Chai led the way, with a third-place finish, in the 3,000-meter run, in 11:53.89 and fourth, in the 1,500-meter run, in 5:28.71. Boberg was second, in both the long jump and the 400-meter.

The boys were 10th in the invitational, ahead of Cuba-Rushford, Holland and Bishop Timon-St. Jude. Steinbroner took the charge and finished first, in the triple jump, with a mark of 40 feet, 10 3/4 inches. The 4-by-100-meter relay team of Boberg, Cardamone, Proctor and Steinbroner finished third, in 47.62 seconds.

The next meeting, for the West Valley Wildcats team, was on May 7 against Randolph and Allegany-Limestone.


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