Meet records galore
Athletes from 14 schools did a pretty good job of rewriting the record book Saturday in the 2016 Warrior Relays at Cheektowaga.
Sixteen varsity meet records were set, 10 in the 14 boys events and six in the 14 girls events.
Lancaster did most of the damage, setting four marks each in the boys and girls competition. Nardin in the girls and Starpoint in the boys side set two each while Cheektowaga, Hamburg and Lockport joined in the assault.
The Iroquois 4x800 team of Zach Kedge, Cale Silvestri, Dominic Allen and Ryan Mitchell got things started, running 8:21.7 to beat the previous mark by nearly six seconds.
Lancaster’s relay of Molly Scarpello, Ashley Grazen, Olivia Gervan and Isabelle Licata triumphed by 10 seconds (1:42.0) in the 4x200. Scarpello, Ashley Grazen, Gervan and Brianna Grazen later won the 4x100 in a record 49.7, beating the former time of 50.5.
And on and on it went.
Lancaster boys polished off records in the 4x200 relay, distance medley, long jump and shot put and the Legends’ girls came through with record performances in the Swedish relay and discus.
Starpoint showed strength in field events as Cam Calandra (12-6) and Austin Bowden (11-6) teamed to win the pole vault with a record combined height of 24-0 and Sam Wray (183-3) and Anthony Robinson (116-8) combined for a record 299-11 in the discus.
Colin Blair (58-3.25) and Matt Faulise (53-3.50) of Lancaster won the shot put with a combined record distance of 111-6.75. Legends long jumpers Jake Valley (20-8.50) and Cal Hoag (19-9) won with a record 40-5.50, although Cody Lambert of Kenmore West had the top individual leap of 21-1.
Nardin’s distance medley of Gabrielle Orie, Grace Brach, Jacque Dirr and Danielle Orie easily won in a record 12:51.9 and the Gators’ sprint medley of the Ories, Remy Raccuia and Brigid Flynn won in a record 4:27.8.
Boys records were set by the Cheektowaga Swedish relay (Art Jordan, Eric Bartnik, Seth Conner, Alonzo Rodriguez-Spence) in 2:03.5, the Lockport 4x100 (James Kahlil, Treson White, Lavette Warren and Tom Wendt) in 42.9 and Hamburg’s 4x400 relay (Sean Delellis, Ethan Reimondo, Jason Jaskolka and Chris Janak) in 3:39.4.
Lancaster topped the team scoring with 94 on the girls side and 99 on the boys.
Alden girls win tourney
Alden, which won ECIV IV and went all the way to the state semifinals in 2015, appears headed for another successful softball season with only two players missing from last year’s team. The Bulldogs (4-0) won the Alexander Tournament, taking the championship game from the Section V hosts, 13-2.
Tournament MVP Brooke Strausbaugh pitched Alden over Barker, 10-3, in the first game, then pitched the first three innings of the championship before Laura Kratzke took over. In all, Strausbaugh struck out 16 and gave up two earned runs in 20 innings. She also went 4 for 6 with three RBIs.
Alyssa Kozak went 4 for 6 with four RBIs, Sara Pasternak was 3 for 6 with two doubles and four RBIs, and Anne Kocher went 4 for 8 with two RBIs.
Triple Play for Olean
Olean (5-0) turned a triple play to get out of the first inning after Hamburg scored twice, then rode two huge innings for a 10-9 nonleague victory at home.
Second baseman Sophia Fratercangelo caught a line drive, threw to Gabby Carpenter to double the runner off first, and the relay to shortstop Noelle Anzivine at second got the third out.
The Huskies had 15 hits, and 12 came in the third and fourth innings when they scored all their runs. Then they held off the Bulldogs behind the pitching of Alyssa Ramarge. Brinee Torrey went 3 for 4 with two doubles and Fratercangelo had three hits, one a double, for three RBIs. Heather Haberman homered for Hamburg.