Pair of Indians qualify for indoor track state meet
West Seneca West’s indoor track program maintained its long-standing streak of sending at least one athlete to the state championships, as a pair of Indians posted efforts strong enough to keep the streak alive at Thursday’s Section VI Championship Meet at Fredonia State College.
West, which has now sent a representative to states for the 16th time in the last 17 seasons, had the streak covered, when junior Kalen Sullivan won both the boys’ 1,000- (2:41.53) and 1,600-meter (4:34.25) runs. Sullivan, who has qualified for indoor states in each of the three years he’s been a part of West’s team, has chosen to compete only in the 1,000 at states.
Sullivan’s efforts mark the first time a West competitor has won section titles in both events at the same sectional championship meet.
“Kalen continues to fortify his composure and keeps a strong sense of the ‘big picture’ when it comes to his training and racing,” coach Emilio Mancino said. “His successes since his cross country season have been directly related to a renewed sense of confidence.”
Junior Brianna Colello, who will be running the 200-meter leg on the Intersectional Medley Relay, will be West’s other representative at states. It will mark her return to states after just missing out last season.
“Brianna overcame a difficult ending to her sophomore spring season of track and field by advancing to this season’s indoor state championships,” Mancino said. “She is very deserving of the honor of representing our school community and Section VI this weekend.”
Senior Ashley Andrews, meanwhile, just missed out on a berth at states in the 55 hurdles after placing third in a school record 8.75 seconds — a mere one-hundredth of a second behind the second-place finisher.
“The heartbreak Ashley and we all felt after her final hurdles race indoors is only a testament to the passion and dedication that Ashley has displayed throughout her hurdling career,” Mancino said. “Training a student athlete like Ashley, who represents the core values of her school community so gracefully and proudly, has been our privilege. We will never forget Ashley or that race.”
Other West athletes turned in significant performances as well.
The girls’ 4x800 relay of seniors Chelsea Caballero and Emily Nehl, junior Megan Weinreber and sophomore Erin McAneney finished its race in a season-best 10:18.27 to place second, while Colello took third in both the triple jump (personal-best 35-feet-4¼) and the 300 (personal best 44.00). Junior William Adey took fourth (5-10) in the high jump.
Additional personal-best efforts were posted by senior Jennifer Wachala (8:58.04) and sophomore Taylor Ksaizek (10:01.25) in the 1,500 racewalk.
Sullivan and Colello will close out their respective indoor seasons Saturday at Cornell University.