CHEEKTOWAGA—The Springville boys track team lost a close meet to Maryvale, 74-66, May 8.
Although the team had 19 top-three finishes, what impressed head coach Joe Marvin most is the improvement of the athletes regardless of their finish, especially when obtaining a personal best.
“Harley Maloy had a great day breaking his own 800 meter time twice, first in the 4x800 and then in the open 800,” Marvin said. “Casey Waterman and Austin Yetter both had great days too. We had a lot of personal bests and I’m excited to see the kids continue to improve.”
Leading the way for Springville was Nick Abdo, Topher Elkins and Brett Russell. The trio recorded a pair of wins each at various events.
Abdo took the 100 (11.7) and the 800 (2:17), while Elkins won the 200 (24.9) and the 400 (52.2). The pair also combined with teammates to win the 4x100 and 4x00 relays. Joining Abdo and Elkins in the 100 was Masin Field and Jared Reese with a time of 46.3, while Reese and Seth Dash joined them in the 400 with a winning time of 3:49.
Russell took a pair of distance runs by winning the 1,600 (5:10) and the 3,200 (11:31). Field captured Springville’s ninth first place in the long jump with a leap of 18-feet-7.
Five different boys finished second at various events. Field took two second places with the first in the 100 (11.8) and the second in the triple jump with 38-feet-2 – a personal best. Reese was runner-up in the 110 hurdles (20.2), as was Yetter in the 1,600 (5:32), Tim Blesy in the pole vault (7 feet) and Seth Dash in the high jump (5-feet-2).
Four other Griffins took home third-place finishes. Ethan Keyser had a shot put throw of 33-feet-7, Alex Francisco tossed the discus 100-feet-7, Waterman was third in the 3,200 (12:28) and Mike Huber was also third in the 110 hurdles (21.9).
Personal bests went to Jared Hecht in the 400 (1:01), Garrett Reynolds in the 400 hurdles (1:33), Sam Ploetz in the 400 hurdles (1:34) and Maloy in the 800 (2:44).
The boys track team heads to Strider Field to take part in the Jamestown Invitational May 11.