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Canisius wins grand final at SRAA national regatta

Canisius High’s varsity four with coxswain won the grand final in its event Saturday in the Scholastic Rowing Association of America Regatta on Lake Dillon in Nashport, Ohio.

Zachary Sebastian, Max Tell, MacKenzie Bass, Daniel Wrafter and cox Frederick Drzewiecki covered the 1,500-meter course in 4:51.45, nearly two seconds faster than runner-up Episcopal Academy of Newtown Square, Pa.

St. Joe’s finished fourth with Charles Kwitchoff, Charlie Ivancic, Eric Seaner, Charlie Pratt and Eric Szafranski.

The Nichols girls JV four finished second in its grand final. The Vikings’ boat included Samantha Lazar, Hanna Prince, Kayla Sienkiewicz, Victoria Krentz and Elle Ferreri. Nichols (5:48.606) was second to Bishop Eustace (N.J.), which won in 5:44.936.

Orie doubles in NYC

Danielle Orie of Nardin Academy was a double winner and two St. Joe’s athletes took firsts Saturday in the State Catholic High School Track and Field Championships at Icahn Stadium in New York City.

Orie won the 1,500 meters in 4:45.96 and the 3,000 in 10:43.23. She also ran on Nardin’s third-place 4x800 relay along with Grace Brach, Jacque Dirr and Abby Graber. Darren Thompson of St. Joe’s won the 200 in 21.81 seconds while teammate Marcus Brown took the 800 in 1:53.61. Julian Smallwood of St. Joe’s was second in both the shot put and discus while Theresa Gerrard of Immaculata was second in the shot and third in the discus.

Canisius high sprinter Desmond Nicholas finished second in the boys 100 meters (10.86).

St. Joe’s finished third in the team scoring with 27 points, trailing St. Anthony’s (31 points) and Archbishop Molloy (29) and became the first Buffalo area team to break into the top three in team scoring at the state Catholic schools meet.

Besides Thompson, Brown and Smallwood, St. Joe’s had a third by Liam Hilbert in the 3,200.

Gostomski wins two

Sophomore Abby Gostomski of Cattaraugus-Little Valley and senior Owen Barber of Allegany-Limestone each finished the meet with four first places in the CCAA Track & Field Championships, which ended on Saturday in Olean.

Gostomski added the 1,500 meters (4:46.82) and the long jump (15-8) to her triumphs in the 800 and 3,000 on Friday. Barber added the 1,600 (4:29.49) and 3,000 steeplechase (10:10.21) titles to his victories in the 800 and 3,200.

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