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Records fall at Early Bird

Joe Whalen of Hamburg and Melissa Kurzdorfer of Lancaster walked away with two meet records each at the JFK Early Bird Track and Field meet on Saturday.

Despite temperatures in the mid-40s, six boys records and six girls records fell during the eighth annual event.

Whalen set new marks in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (9:41.26) and the 3,200 (9:50.79) while Kurzdorfer broke her own meet records in the shot put (43 feet, 5 inches) and discus (124-3).

Other boys records were claimed by Anthony Johnson of Kenmore East in the 100 (10.94), Andrew Pfeiffer of Clarence in the 1,600 (4:29.14), Ron Golabek of Frontier in the shot put (55-11 1/2 ) and the Clarence 4x800 relay (8:11.76).

North Tonawanda broke two records as Jackie Burns won the 400 (59.80) and the 4x400 relay crossed in 4:11.41. West Seneca West's 4x100 set a new standard in 50:15 and Miranda Melville of Rush-Henrietta went 7:59.85 in the 1,500 racewalk.

Lancaster won the large school team title by two points over Hamburg and Depew won the small schools. Lancaster's first places were by Ryan Pericozzi (triple), Scott Pezdek (discus) and the 4x100. The West Seneca West girls were the top large school and Iroquois claimed the small title.

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Classic matchup renewed

The St. Joe's and Niagara Falls boys basketball teams, which did not play in 2006-2007, will meet on the hardwood next season. The matchup of two of Western New York's top programs highlights pairings for the 2007 Cataract Classic.

Last year's four-team, one-day tournament has expanded to 17 teams competing in nine games over two days (Niagara Falls will play twice).

St. Joe's and Niagara Falls will play on Dec. 8 at either Niagara Falls High School or Niagara University at 8 p.m. Among the other schools invited are Sweet Home, Niagara Catholic, East and McQuaid of Rochester and Syracuse powers Henninger and Liverpool.

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