Adey ties 19-year-old West indoor track record
Junior William Adey tied a 19-year old West Seneca West boys indoor track high-jump record by clearing a personal best 6-foot-1 to help the Indians place third in that event in the Team Challenge meet, held Feb. 4 at Fredonia State College.
Adey joined forces with sophomore teammate Jonathan Rehner to clear a combined 11-feet-3 as one of the three third-place efforts garnered by West on the day. The other third-place efforts included the girls’ triple-jump contingent of junior Brianna Colello and senior Katherine Connors (64-2), and the girls’ high-jump contingent of Connors (personal-best 4-8) and junior Natalie Barrea who cleared 9-2 overall.
Colello (personal-best 44.9 seconds) and sophomore Abigail Jankowski finished second in the girls’ 300-meter dash with an overall time of 1:30.50, while senior Jennifer Wachala (personal-best 9:13.9) and sophomore Taylor Ksiazek (personal-best 10:30.7) teamed up to place fifth in the 1,500 racewalk. Adey (personal-best 43-3¾) and Rehner teamed up again to place fifth (74-11¼ overall) in the triple jump, while junior Kalen Sullivan (personal-best 1:25.9; “won” the event overall) and Rehner took fifth in the boys’ 600.
The girls’ 4x800 relay of seniors Chelsea Caballero and Emily Nehl, junior Megan Weinreber and sophomore Erin McAneney also took fifth (10:43.1), while Barrea and senior Ashley Andrews took sixth in the girls’ long jump (29-½).
Other personal-best efforts were recorded by sophomores Devin Goodwin (55 dash, 7.45; long jump, 15-11) and Nicholas Lampman (shot put, 33-5), freshman Robert Frazer (4x800 relay leg, 2:32.9), and eighth-graders Emma Harris (4x200 relay leg, 29.0) and Erin Schappert (4x200 relay leg, 31.4).
“William had a tremendous competition in tying the high jump school record and ending up about a foot and a half away from the school record in the triple jump,” coach Emilio Mancino said. “His belief in his training as well as the hard work and determination he demonstrates in practice are translating to competitions very well. As a program, we’re doing our best to shore up our areas of weakness and continuing to develop our strengths going into the championship portion of our season.”
A few athletes then represented the program at Lancaster in Saturday’s second Varsity Select meet of the season. Seniors Ashley Andrews and Bradley Ganschow reset the school records in the 55 hurdles and weight throw, respectively. Andrews won the hurdles in 8.1 seconds, an impressive four-tenths of a second faster than the nine-year-old record time that she broke, while Ganschow broke his old school record by nearly four feet to place fourth overall.
Personal bests were also posted by Ksiazek (1,500 racewalk, 10:25.8) and Lampman (shot put, 34-2).
“It was great to see two senior co-captains earn these school records,” Mancino said. “Ashley is hurdling well at the right time, and we’re looking forward to even better performances in the coming championships from her and from Brad and the rest of our competitors as well.”
West returns to action Saturday with the Team Championships.