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Griffins battle opponents and wind at Pembroke

PEMBROKE—The Springville girls track team competed against a number of schools at Pembroke High School May 4, but their biggest competition came from the wind most competitors had to run in to. At one point, the landing mat for the pole vault competition would have been taken by the wind had it not been for the quick aid of several students.

While no consideration is given in terms of performance time to those competing against the wind, there is a formula to shave off time for those competing with the wind, according to one track official on site who said it was done to ensure that record times weren’t recorded with any aid.

Head coach Mark Heichberger did not report any record times or personal bests from the members of his squad.

Despite the wind, the girls track team took home four first-place finishes, six second-place finishes, four third-place finishes and four fourth-place finishes.


Two of the four first places came in individual distance running with Sonya Krezmien winning the 1,500 meter run and Elle Russell capturing the 3,000 meter. Krezmien was the first member of the 4x800 relay team to lap one of the other competing teams as they also went on to a first-place finish with teammates Lizzy Miranda, Hannah Goetz and Russell. Payton Rowe rounded out the winners for the Griffins in the 400-meter hurdles.

Of the six second-place finishes, two were in field events with Brooke Walker in the pole vault and Marinna Heichberger in the junior varsity discus. Chloe Chamberlin was second in the 100 meter dash, as was Miranda in the 800 meter run. Evelyn Smith, Allison Lavanture, Chamberlin and Rowe combined for a runner-up finish in the 4x100 relay.

In a freshman and sophomore sprint medley, Jamie Dickinson, Smith, Walker and Goetz finished third. Dickinson also finished third in the 400 meter dash and Chamberlin also finished third in the 200 meter dash. Rounding out Springville’s top-three finishers was Mackenzie Engel in the shot put.

Nyah Solly finished fourth in the pole vault, while Heichberger also finished fourth in the junior varsity shot put. Goetz took a fourth-place finish in the 1,500 meter and the 4x400 relay team also finished fourth with members Dickinson, Walker, Rowe and Alyssa Greaves.

Of the team members who did not travel with the team to the Penn Relays in Philadelphia, Pa., two members had top-three finishes at two local events.


Corrin Sacilowski won the 1,500 meter race walk with a time of 7:35.68 at the West Seneca West Invitational April 28, and Russell took third place in the 3,000 meter run in the Dunkirk Invitational with a 11:14.67 time on April 27.


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