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ECICs provide new opportunities for boys track team members

WILLIAMSVILLE—With a good number of the top season performers attending another school function, many other members of the boys track team got the opportunity to be Springville’s top contenders at the Erie County Interscholastic Conference competition at Williamsville South High School May 25-26.

For some it was their first time at ECICs, while others took advantage by recording one of their top-two personal bests on the season.

Masin Field was one of the group that made his ECIC debut in three different events. His best finish was 23rd in the long jump where he set a personal best leap of 19-feet-5. In two other events, Field finished 26th. In the triple jump the sophomore recorded a distance of 37-feet-0.25, and in the 100-meter dash preliminaries finished with a 12.14 time. Also competing in the 100 was Will Guilmain with a time of 13.62.

Springville’s best performer for the boys team was Brett Russell. He had the best finish at 10th place in the 3,000 meter steeplechase with a time of 10:44.88. Russell also recorded his second-best time ever in the 3,200 meter run with a 16th place finish at 10:25.56.

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Austin Yetter set a personal record in the 800 meter run and finished 35th overall with a time of 2:14.86, while Casey Waterman competed in the 1,600 meter run for the Griffins with a time of 5:49.76.

Seth Dash competed in two events under his namesake in the 200 and 400 meter dash preliminaries. In the latter, the senior registered his second-best time ever at 58.32, while recording a 26.24 time in the 200.

In addition to track, Springville had one other competitor in field event competition with Mike Huber at the discus throw. According to boys track coach Joe Marvin, Huber fouled out of the competition, though Marvin noted Huber has had a good season that led him to qualify for ECIC competition and being selected was more notable than his results.

Cheektowaga won the small school competition that Springville participated in with 138 points, while Sweet Home took the large school title with 129 points.

Prior to the ECICs, the boys team competed against Gowanda the previous week with 15 top-three performances in a 78-53 loss. Eight times the boys team took first with six individual firsts and a pair of relays.

Charles DiGangi, Dash, Russell and Topher Elkins won the 4x400 (4:00), while Field, Dash, Elkins and Nick Abdo won the 4x100 (47.6).

Abdo won the 400 hurdles (47.6) and 800 (2:09). Elkins took the 100 (11.5) and 400 (54.1), while Field won the long jump (47-feet-6) and 200 (23.9).

Field also took second in the 100, while Russell had a second-place finish in the 3,200 (11:31) and a third-place finish in the 800 (2:24).

Four other Griffins finished in third that included: Abdo in the 1,600 (4:53.4), Dash in 200 (24.9), Nolan Longbine in the 110 hurdles (21.0)  and Kevin Schneider in the triple jump (22-feet).

The final two competitions left for the boys team come by invitation only as meeting qualifying times and distances. The 2018 season continues next weekend at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association’s Section VI Championships at Niagara Falls High School June 1-2 with a 12 p.m. start for both days. The following weekend the top athletes from the state will gather at a chance to be crowned New York State champions in the Syracuse area June 8-9.

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