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Seniors set the tone in ECIC track championships

Seniors had their moment in the sun Friday at the first day of the ECIC track and field championships, held at Pioneer High School.

Of the 11 events that held finals, nine of them were won by soon-to-be graduates. Lancaster led the way with four individual winners. Steven Neumaier led things off for the Legends with a victory in the 800 meters, clocking a time of 1 minute, 55.43 seconds. Other winners for Lancaster included: junior Brianna McKenzie in the girls discus, with a throw of 129 feet, 10 inches, Jake Valley in the boys long jump (23-0.5) and Colin Balir in the boys shot put (57-7.25).

Not surprisingly, East Aurora’s distance runners put on a show. Kenny Vasbinder, a two-time state cross country champion and All-American, won the boys 3,200 meters with a time of 9:43.87, while on the girls side, Sophia Tasselmyer won with a time of 10:20.29 in the 3,000 meters.

Two-time state champion Hailey Rospierski of Alden won the girls pentathlon with a total of 1,921 points, while Ryan Greene of Sweet Home captured the boys title with 1,659 points. Sweet Home’s Tiana Luton did not participate in the pentathlon – she currently owns the best score in the country with 3,529 points – but won the girls long jump (19-0.5). Amherst’s Aubrey Rockoff won the girls pole vault at 11-4.

The only other winner with one year left of high school was Sweet Home’s Sam Peterman in the girls 800. Her time of 2:15.21 narrowly edged East Aurora sophomore Molly McLaughlin, who crossed in 2:15.26.