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Lancaster's Surdej goes out as undisputed champion, again; CSP's Barmore and Swabik add track crowns to title collections

MIDDLETOWN – Jon Surdej of Lancaster added one more title to his collection to further his status as undisputed champion of New York.

Cam Barmore became a state champion for the second time this year, as did his Clymer/Sherman/Panama teammate John Swabik. Several of Western New York’s best also earned spots on the awards podium, including Orchard Park senior Jenna Crean in her scholastic swan song.

The state track and field championship meet concluded under hot, sunny conditions at Middletown High School Saturday.

Surdej achieved his goal of adding the Federation shot put title to the New York State Public High Schools Athletic Association one he captured Friday. He captured it by finishing ahead of St. Joe’s Tyler Doty with a distance of 62 feet 8.25 inches. Doty took second with a throw of 56-2.25.

This is Surdej’s fourth Federation championship of his career as he captured two indoors and two outdoors.

“It feels great,” Surdej said. “It just fell into my lap today. I’m super excited I did do what I needed to do. ... It’s kind of sad it’s over. ... I’m super excited to go to UB.”

Barmore took the Division II high jump by clearing 6-7, which wound up being good enough for second in Federation competition. The title for the junior capped a sensation year in which he helped CSP football capture its first state title with a 13-0 record. He also helped basketball reach the state semifinals where Panama lost a heartbreaker in overtime.

“It feels great to win it again after football,” Barmore said. “Basketball was a tough break. I wanted to get this one pretty bad. ... I can’t wait until next year.”

Is it better being a state champion on a team that wins it at the Carrier Dome or as an individual that gets to stand atop an awards podium?

“Winning at the Carrier Dome by far,” Barmore said. “It was more fun to do with my brothers.”

Swabik, a sophomore, posted a score of 3,411 to capture the Division II pentathlon crown.

Both are the first state champions CSP has crowned as combined outfit.

“It took a few hours to settle in but then I realized the great accomplishment this was,” Swabik said. “I walked into the state meet as the No. 1 seed and knew I had to give it my all because there would be tough competition.”

Upon further review, Newfane’s Reese Casinelli also is a state champion as the senior captured the public schools’ Division II 400 in a school-record 47.99. It appeared he got out-leaned at the finish line Friday, but it turned out it was by a private school athlete. Casinelli then returned to place sixth in the Federation 400.

“I felt great, I didn’t know that kid was from a private school,” said Casinelli, who chose to compete at track during the weekend over prom. “Emotions were running so high. ... I just did everything I could to try to win.”

Casinelli’s friend Malik Brooks of Lockport finished second in the NYSPHSAA Division I 400 and followed that by finishing second in the Federation race in a close finish.

“We were tied going around that curve, I just tried to kick in as much as I had left but he won by .03,” said Brooks, who also took sixth in the 100 and anchored the 4x400 relay to a sixth-place finish. “I’m happy to be second overall. ... I’m just happy to place at all this weekend.”

Cleveland Hill senior Javon Thomas finished second in the Division II 200 in 21.67. He also took third in the D-II 100 and followed that by finishing sixth in the Federation 100.

Other notable performances in Division II boys: Allegany-Limestone’s Michael Wolfgang and Liam Coulter finished fifth and sixth, respectively in the 110 hurdles. Coulter followed that by taking fourth overall in the Federation 400 hurdles after taking second in the Division II event. East Aurora’s Nick Ebling finished sixth in the 1,600.

Cheektowaga’s Jake Kaminski placed third in Division II high jump, while Lewiston-Porter’s 4x800 relay of Cole Accetta, Miguel Bautista, Corey Stack and Andrew Perreault took third. Perreault also finished sixth in steeplechase.

In Division I boys: Michael Wolford of Lancaster and Orchard Park’s Robertino Mancabelli took third and fourth, respectively, in the pentathlon. Lancaster’s Armani Merlino finished fifth in the 3,200, while OP’s Nino Rivera took fifth in the long jump.

Crean capped her standout scholastic career with a third-place finish in the Federation 400 and anchored the 4x100 relay to a third-place finish one day after it set the Section record in the event. Others on the relay were Leah Pasqualetti, Katelynn Hennessy and Sara Puskar.

Crean heads to Duke as a 16-time Section VI champion and two-time state champion.

“I’m just so blessed I got to end my season with my best friends and walking off the track with them means so much to me because they’ll always be in my heart,” Crean said. “I’m just so blessed for everything this sport has given me and how strong it made me mentally and physically. It’s just a beautiful thing.”

Western New York has some standout all-around athletes as Amherst’s Morgan Halt took second in the Division I pentathlon, while Holland’s Jayna Galley finished as runner-up in the Division II portion of the event.

East Aurora’s 4x800 relay of Celia Cocca, Ava Danieu, Maggie McLaughlin and Megan McLaughlin finished second in the Division II event in 9:27.09. Megan McLaughlin also took third in the 3,000.

Dunkirk’s Jericha Petrella placed second in the Division II 400. Emily Brown of Fredonia took fifth in the steeplechase, while Springville’s Payton Rowe was sixth in the 400 hurdles. Falconer/CV’s Samantha Gilbert took fifth in the long jump.

Other girls Division I finishes: Lockport sophomore Kahniya James took third in the 100. Starpoint’s Kiara McDowell took third in the Federation discus after placing second in the public schools competition. Amherst’s Mallory Grubb finished sixth in the 3,000.

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