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S-GI boys track garners 36 top-three finishes in first week of competition

SPRINGVILLE—The Springville-Griffith Institute outdoor boys track and field dropped its first two matches of the season. They opened on the road at East Aurora with an 86-46 loss April 4, then hosted Fredonia and fell by just 16, 78-62 points April 6.

In both meets, the Griffs had top-three finishes 36 times with 15 against the Blue Devils and 21 versus the Hillbillies in the only time this month that they compete twice during the week in single-school competition.

Against East Aurora, Springville finished either first, second or third five times apiece. Topher Elkins and Jeremy Baker led the way with four top-three finishes each, while Jarod Reese and Nick Abdo both had three top-three finishes. All four finished as part of a winning team in the 4x100 meter relay, as well.

In addition to their 4x100 finish, Elkins finished with an individual first-place finish and a couple of second-place finishes against the Blue Devils. The sophomore won the 200 meter race and took second in the 100 and 400 races.  Baker won the 100 and the long jump and finished third in the high jump. Reese took second in both the high jump and the triple jump, while Abdo was first in the 400 and third in the 100.

Rounding out Springville’s scoring against East Aurora was a second-place finish by Andrew Lazarus in the discus, and four third-place athletes in four different events. Finishing in third were Andrew Delasandro (110 hurdles), Josh Morazzini (shot put), Ethan Keyser (discus) and Jackson Richert (triple jump).

Against Fredonia, 11 different Springville athletes collectively had eight finishes at both first and third and five second-place finishes.

Leading the way against the Hillbillies was Baker with four top-three finishes followed by Abdo, Elkins and Kurt Uschold - who each registered a trio of top-three showings. The latter three were part of a four-man team with Luke Waterman that captured the 4x400 relay.

Baker won the long jump, finished second in the 100 and tied second and third in the high jump.

Abdo’s two other finishes were good for first in the 100 and 400 races. Elkins had a first-place finish in the 200 and a second-place finish in the 400, while Uschold finished second in the 800 and third in the mile.

The Griffs had four athletes with a pair of top-three finishes. In addition to being a leg in the Griffs’ winning 4x400 team, Waterman also took second in the 400 hurdles. Cody Bass had a pair of first place hurdle wins in the 110 and 400. Richert took first in the pole vault and third in the long jump, while Brett Russell recorded a pair of third-place finishes in the 800 and two mile.

Rounding out the scoring against Fredonia were Francisco (third place discus), Morazzini (third place shot put) and Mike Huber (third place 110 hurdles).

The boys track and field team will compete once each of the next three weeks before participating in the Dunkirk Invitational, April 28. First, the team traveled to Holland/Pioneer April 11, then hosts Depew April 19, before traveling to Alden April 25.


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