Weekly Feature



2015-02-26 / Sports

West foursome qualifies for state championships

Indoor track

West Seneca West’s indoor track program will be represented at the upcoming state championships at Cornell University following the efforts of four of its athletes at Saturday’s annual Section VI Championships, held this year for the first time at Houghton College’s Kerr-Pegula Field House.

Boys senior co-captain Robert Frazer was one of the Indians to earn a spot at states thanks to his school-record setting time of 36.49 seconds in the 300-meter dash. Frazer hit the state championship standard for the event, which earned him his first individual-event berth at the indoor state meet.

Eighth grader Anna Rybczynski, meanwhile, earned a spot on the section’s intersectional medley relay — she’ll run the 1,600 anchor leg — after recording a personal-best time of 4:57.22 in the 1,500 that was good for third place. Rybczynski, who will be making her indoor state championships debut, finished just under three seconds shy of West’s 10-year old school record in the event.

Senior co-captain Alise Murray will also make her indoor state championship debut in an event making its debut at states this year: the weight throw. Murray placed third with a best distance of 38-feet-½. Sophomore Emily Marchitte rounded out West’s contingent of state qualifiers by placing third in the triple jump with a state-championships standard meeting leap of 34-9½.

Third-place finishers were also turned in by sophomore Parker Welling (boys triple jump, personal-best 41-7½), the girls’ 4x800 relay of Rybczynski, sophomores Ashley Dibble and Jordan Hauser, and senior Valerie Caballero (season-best 9:59.70), and the boys’ 4x400 relay of Frazer, seniors Austin Ensminger and John Gorman, and freshman Peter Borzillieri (3:37.03). Caballero (2:31.0) posted a personal-best split and Hauser (2:25.3) tied her personal-best split in the girls’ relay, while Welling ran as a substitute for Frazer in the preliminary round of the boys’ relay.

Borzillieri also took fourth in the long jump (20-5), while junior Emma Harris posted a personal-best time of 8.99 seconds in the preliminary round of the 55 hurdles before finishing that event fourth overall.

Other individual fourth-place finishes were turned in by Marchitte (long jump), Murray (shot put), junior co-captain Carson Tenhagen (boys 3,200) and senior co-captain Jacob Bartz (boys pole vault).

The girls’ 4x400 relay of freshman Breanna Lambert, sophomore Cassandra Siwy, and juniors Nicole Torres and Harris (personal-best 1:06.8 split) also placed fourth. Sophomores Kayla Murray (personal-best 1:09.7 split) and Alexis Ramirez substituted for the two juniors in the preliminary qualification round.

Other personal-best efforts were performed by Hauser (1.500 race, 3:07.15), Dibble (600, 1:43.32) and Torres (55 hurdles prelims, 9.85).

“A large majority of our student athletes competed at their highest level possible,” coach Emilio Mancino said. “We are excited that Robert, Alise, Emily and Anna will be competing at the highest level of competition all season against the best the rest of New York state has to offer when they go to states on Saturday, March 7.”

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