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Good runs cap indoor track sectionals

There were plenty of highs and some lows at Thursday's Section VI Indoor Track and Field meet at Fredonia State.

Mikayla Pearce of Maryvale had a big meet, breaking her own Section VI record in the triple jump at 39-0.75.

Jailyn Twitty of Amherst wasn't nearly as pleased with his performance, as the Section VI record holder in the long and triple jumps pulled up in the semifinals of the 55 dash.

Approximately 320 boys and girls from 29 schools competed in 16 events. The top two athletes in each advanced to the New York State Championships scheduled for next Saturday at Cornell University.

Athletes could also qualify if they reached a state standard during the season and finished among the top three at sectionals.

Twitty had met the state standard in the jumps and he punched his ticket to states after finishing second in the triple jump to Brandon Joyce of Niagara Falls (45-11.25). Trying to compete in the long jump while injured, he passed on his first two jumps and fouled on the third. Twitty will compete at states only in the triple jump.

Joyce also won the high jump at 6 feet, 5 inches.

Kalen Sullivan of West Seneca West defended his title in 1,000 and won the 1,600. He'll focus on the 1,000 at states.

In pole vault, Jared Barker of Hamburg tied his personal record, clearing 13 feet, 6 inches.

Clarence enjoyed two fantastic finishes in the relays. Its 4x800 held off Hamburg by .06 second to win. In the 4x400 the Red Devils caught Jamestown at the finish line to win by .13.

The 4x200 had some excitement as Iroquois defeated Sweet Home when it dropped the baton on the last exchange.

For the girls, Kailyn Arcury of Williamsville South won the 55 dash and 55 hurdles. She'll run both events at states.

The real battle in the 55 was for second place as Cienna Simon of Jamestown ran a 8.74 to beat Ashley Andrews of West Seneca West (8.75).

Kala Allen of Williamsville East was another double winner, taking the 300 and 600. She is choosing to drop out of the 600 and focus on the 300 and 55 dash.

Clarence owned the distance races. Kailyn McCadden and Emily Garrett went 1-2 in the 3,000. Katelyn Tresino won the 1,500. McCadden, Garrett, Tresino and Jacqueline Huben teamed to win the 4x800.

Emily Krasinski of Frontier, who has the section's fastest time in WNY in the 1,000, won the race in 3:02.78.

Lauren Sullivan of Lancaster made the state time in the 55, and was joined by Ashley Grazen, Tiffany Cycon and Allie Mazur on the winning 4x200 relay. The Redskins picked up two wins in the field events courtesy of McKenzie Kuehlewind in the shot (37-9), and Jen Thill in the the pole vault (11-3).

Stephanie Izard of Sweet Home won the high jump and was second in the triple.

Williamsville North's Sarah Loud, Rachel Dorogi, Joy Nyannga and Madeline Hammer ran a 4:10.96 to win the 4x400 and break the school record.