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2017-07-13 / Sports

‘Blue’ Athletics sees five qualify for USATF Junior Olympics

Five members of the West Seneca “Blue” Athletics Club earned the right to compete at the 51st USATF Hershey National Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships, which will be held July 24-30 at the University of Kansas’ Rock Chalk Park in Lawrence, Kansas, based on their top-five finishes at this past weekend’s USATF Junior Olympic Track and Field Region II Championships at Brockport State College.

Peter Borzillieri was the only champion among the group, as he leapt 22-feet-2¼ to win the 17-18-year-old boys division long jump. Elma resident Kendall Mariacher was the only other male participant, placing second (personal-best 14.51 seconds) in the 13-14 boys 100-meter hurdles.

On the girls side, Jasmine Mings had the best finish via her second-place leap of 32-8½ in the 13-14 girls triple jump.

Genevieve Arnold took third in that event’s 15-16 girls division by soaring 32-9½, while Clarence resident Samantha Payne took fourth (personal-best 1 minute, 5.99 seconds) in the 11-12 girls 400 dash.

“The members we had compete this past weekend each gave their best efforts, including those who did not attain personal bests or advance to the national championships,” program director Emilio Mancino said. “But, we are excited and happy for those five individuals who may be competing soon at the University of Kansas.”

The “Blue” Athletics program returns to action at 5:15 p.m. Thursday, July 13, with the first Lake Effect competition at Frontier High School. The team will then travel to Johnnie B. Wiley Stadium in Buffalo for a 9 a.m. start in the 19th Buffalo Track and Field Classic on Saturday.

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