It won't be long before rivals Mike Long of Williamsville North and Jesse Mang of Orchard Park are college teammates, but until then, the passion to beat each other will remain.
Their rivalry continued at this year's ECIC meet held at Alden as Mang beat Long in the 3,200 meters on Friday and Long returned the favor in the 1,600 on Saturday.
"We've both kind of been at the same level for a while and it helps having someone push you all the time," said Long. "Jesse and I both have high goals and you need competition to get the times you want."
Long ran a personal record 4:27.1 in the 1,600 while Mang took the lead for good with about 600 meters left and won the 3,200 in 9:30.8. Both have accepted partial track/cross country scholarships to the University of Pittsburgh.
Here's a division-by-division look based on how the meet was scored, not how it was run. For complete results: www.armorytrack.com.
Division I/large school boys: Frontier proved to be the best in this 17-team division, winning the team title by 42-point margin. The Falcons, last year's Class A champs, picked up first-place points from Steve Carden in the 800 and Randy Labedz in the shot put. Carden emerged from a collision halfway through the first straightaway to win in 2:00.0. Two runners involved in the impact did not finish. "Everyone was coming in from the outside box and there was this big collision right behind my shoulder," said Carden. "Everyone was trying to get in good position before the turn. It was real tight." . . . Senior Brian Walsh of Lake Shore was the only double winner taking the 100 in 11.2 and the 200 in 22.6. . . . Senior Brian Heim of Williamsville East, coming off a 56.50 in the 400 hurdles at last weekend's Roesch meet, won comfortably in 54.4. . . . Senior Joe Miner of Amherst remained undefeated in the 400 this season (13-0) holding off Jeremy Burr of Iroquois to win in 50.6.
Division II/small school boys: Junior Keien Williams of Eden won the 100 in 10.8. "I warmed up well. My coach (Tim Wade) is always on me about staying warm and I did that before the race," said Williams. The Raiders won an impressive eight events to win the title among the 11 teams. Sean Sullivan was a double winner taking the 800 and 1,600. Jim Swiech won two field events, the long and triple jumps. Sam Gary equaled his season best in winning the pole vault in 13 feet, 6 inches. . . . Junior Jim Sholley of JFK tied his school record winning the 400 hurdles in 54.5. . . . Senior Dan Field was a double winner for East Aurora, winning the 3,200 and leading the Blue Devils' 1-2-3 finish in the steeplechase. . . . Shawn Donovan of Alden credited a sound start with winning the 110 hurdles in 14.5. "In the final I had a much better start than the semis and I just carried on from there and ran as fast as I could," said Donovan.
Division I/large school girls: Lancaster won five events, lifting the Redskins to the team title. Sophomore Mary Saxer won the long jump and edged teammate Hailey Jones in the 200. "I was telling myself to relax. In the semis and trials (of the 200) I was trying to relax and it seemed to work," said Saxer. Sophomore Shannon Crane ran a Western New York-leading 4:45.8, bettering her previous best time in the 1,500 of 4:54.3. . . . Freshman Gina Adornetto of Clarence broke her own ECIC record in the steeplechase running a 7:17.2. Her previous best effort was 7:18.7. The Red Devils won the 1,600 and 3,200 relays. Rachel Ippolito, Lauren Mesi were members of both relay teams. . . . Senior Ronnetta Alexander of Williamsville South tied her ECIC record with a 13.8 in the 100 hurdles and easily won the 100 in 12.0. It was the first time Alexander ran the 100 at sectionals. Sophomore teammate Alyissa Hasan won the pentathlon highlighted by a 14.4 in the hurdles and a personal best 2:34 in the 800. . . . There were three runners under 2:20 in the 800 lead by Orchard Park freshman Erika Somogyi, who finished in a Western New York-best 2:16.4. . . . Junior Trish Graves of Jamestown threw a season-best 40-11 3/4 to win the shot put.
Division II/small school girls: Alden edged East Aurora to win the team title by five points. Alden's Karen Kozub ran a season-best 4:55.3 to win the 1,500. Section VI record holder Renee Evans went 11 feet, 2 inches in tough conditions to win the pole vault. . . . There were three double winners: Sarah Myers of East Aurora in the 400 and 800, Noelle Keller of Holland in the 100 and 200 and Karen Lueke of JFK in the 100 hurdles and triple jump. . . . Desire Rudloff of East Aurora knocked a full second off her second-best to win the 400 hurdles in 1:03.9.
State Catholic meet: It was a lost weekend for 40 athletes from the Monsignor Martin Association who hoped to compete in the New York State Catholic meet in the Bronx. The trip was canceled when the nation's terror alert moved to orange this week.
"With the terror alert being so high they (the state education department) didn't want people traveling to New York or Washington," said boys track chairman Jeff Gemmer.
A paper meet involving the schools in the CHSAA will be held to determine Catholic school representatives for the State Federation meet in Binghamton on June 6-7 at Union-Endicott.
Nardin's lightweight four with coxswain (Mary Catherine Carosa, Meghan Danahy, Caitlin Corr, Kate McKenna and Erin Cunningham) won a gold at the Scholastic Rowing Association of America regatta in Camden, N.J. City Honors earned two bronze medals in the girls senior lightweight eight and the men's junior fours.