The Western team climbed even higher up the medal count leaderboard Friday, thanks to some fast feet and quick trigger fingers.
Paced by several fine performances on the track and on the shooting range, Western led all regions late Friday night with 113 medals (37 gold, 46 silver and 30 bronze). Hudson Valley sat in second with 90 medals.
As for the individuals on the podium, there were some repeat performers. Dave Lawrence (Kenmore) and Mel McGinnis (Jamestown) followed up Thursday's 1-2 performance in the open 10K
racewalk with another 1-2 performance in Friday's 5K racewalk. This time, they switched places with McGinnis taking the gold in 23:35 and Lawrence taking silver in 23:47.
Mike Heitzenrater (North Tonawanda) barely won his fourth straight gold in the open 3,000 meter steeplechase edging out Central's Scott Weeks by 0.29 seconds to win in 9:21.16.
Renee Evans (Alden) won her second straight gold medal in the open pole vault, while Jennifer Stuczynski (Fredonia) also cleared the winning height of 3.54 meters but got the silver for having more misses.
Sheldon Battle (Jamestown) finished first in the open shot put with his throw of 17.17 meters.
Faith Thompson (Niagara Falls) won a silver medal in the open discus (43.40 meters), while Ethan Albrechtcarrie (North Tonawanda) took second in the open decathlon (6,277 points).
Matt Callegari (Orchard Park) finished third in the scholastic decathlon with 4,876 points. Apparently bronze runs in the family, because Emily Callegari (Orchard Park) finished third in the scholastic 100-meter hurdles.
Betsy Schultz (Akron) took third in the open 3,000 steeplechase in 12:04.28, while Jessica Ortman (Williamsville) grabbed a silver medal in the scholastic 2,000 steeple (7:28.52).
Kimberly Williams (Buffalo) dashed to a bronze medal in the scholastic 200 meter with her time of 25.64 seconds. Janelle Callender (Buffalo) took bronze in the open 200 in 25.94 seconds to round out the track medalists.
In shooting, Jacob Gerevics (Darien) and Jimmie Perrin (Tonawanda) teamed to win the open division medal in the 3-position rifle match 2.
Gerevics and Perrin tied on matches 1 and 2 in the open division 3-position rifle finals, setting up a showdown in the finals for the gold medal. Gerevics emerged with 1,216 points and the gold medal while Perrin got the silver medal with 1,211 points.
The duo of Chris Jakubczak (Elma) and Richard Ortlepp (Orchard Park) took bronze in the open division free rifle prone match 1. Ortlepp also added a silver medal in the free rifle prone individual match.
DIVING: Tom Palinkas (Williamsville) scored a 435.80 to take bronze in the scholastic 3-meter dive, while Ryan Schaefer (North Tonawanda) scored a 479.40 to earn a silver in the open 1-meter.
FENCING: The women's open team added to the medal count by defeating Central, 15-6, for the bronze.
FIELD HOCKEY: The Western women pulled out a 2-1 victory over Long Island in overtime to push their record to 2-1. Goalie Ashley Yantomasi (Amherst) had 11 saves.
GYMNASTICS: Harrison Reisweber (Amherst) scored a 55.2 to win gold in the open all-around individual late Thursday, as well as pace the Western team to a gold medal finish in the all-around team finals. Western scored 183.55 points to get second in the women's open all-around team finals Friday.
ICE HOCKEY: Four different players scored to lead the men's team past Long Island, 4-1. The women's team turned in an even more impressive performance, outshooting Long Island, 64-4, en route to a 6-0 victory.
LACROSSE: The Western women defeated Adirondack, 11-3, and later disposed of Hudson Valley, 9-7, to improve to 3-2. On the men's side, Central scored four straight goals in the fourth quarter to come from behind to defeat Western, 10-8.
ROWING: Lindsay Morgan (North Tonawanda) teamed with three rowers from Rochester to grab a silver medal in the open quad final.
SOCCER: Western made it a clean sweep winning all four games against Hudson Valley. The men's open team got two first-half goals and held on to win, 2-1. The women's open team had similar success, 3-0. The women's scholastic team chalked up an impressive 7-0 victory while the men's scholastic team took a 1-0 victory by virtue of penalty kicks.
SOFTBALL: Western will not medal for just the second time in the program's 19-year history after losing to Adirondack, 3-2.
SWIMMING: It was another good day for the Western swimmers as the 400 medley relay team of Alex Dockstader (Buffalo), Ashley Schaffert (Lockport), Erin McGraw (Penfield) and Natalie Lewis (Buffalo) took home a gold medal in the scholastic competition. Dockstader also swam 1:10.50 to get a silver medal in the scholastic 100 backstroke, and Schaffert got second in the 200 breaststroke.
John Nilles (Grand Island) won the open 50 free in 24.93 seconds. Tracy Rathke (East Amherst) took home a bronze in the open 100 back (1:12.21). Ryan O'Laughlin (Lewiston) swam a leg in the silver medal-winning scholastic 400 medley relay.
SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMING: Western made it a clean sweep in the open duet final. Katlyn Gedeon (Tonawanda) and Jackie Gramlich (Tonawanda) took home the gold, Nicole Cardinale (Williamsville) and Carrie Roehner (Williamsville) got silver, and the duo of Susan Prinzbach (Tonawanda) and Christine Ross won the bronze. Michelle Moore (Tonawanda) scored a 76.20 to win the gold in the open solo.
TENNIS: The women lost, 4-1, to Long Island and beat Central, 4-1, to push their record to 3-1. The men lost, 3-2, to Long Island.
VOLLEYBALL: Western continued spiking down competitors. Women's scholastic defeated Hudson Valley and Long Island to improve to 5-0, while men's scholastic defeated Long Island and Central to improve to 4-0.
The women's open lost to New York City, but that is the only blemish on a 4-1 record after defeating Hudson Valley and Central. The men's open team beat Long Island and lost to New York City to stand at 3-2.
WEIGHTLIFTING: Amy Angelina (Buffalo) won the gold in the open lightweight division.
WRESTLING: Matthew Metzler (Salamanca) defeated Western teammate Jamie Carpenter (Attica), 9-3, to win gold in the scholastic 98-pound freestyle finals. On the heavier side, Kane Smith (Cattaraugus) won the scholastic 220-pound freestyle finals and Jason Weber (Orchard Park) got the gold in the over 275-pound weight class.
Tyrell Riley (Elma) won a bronze in the scholastic 165-pound freestyle finals, and Joe Stanz won a bronze in the open 119-pound freestyle finals.