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2018-03-08 / Sports

Borzillieri, Rybczynski post top-10 efforts for West at indoor track state meet

West Seneca West’s Peter Borzillieri and Anna Rybczynski further cemented their legacies as two of the best to ever compete for the school’s indoor track program with their respective efforts at this past weekend’s annual state championship meet in Staten Island.

Borzillieri, a senior, advanced to the long jump final, where he placed sixth out of 27 competitors in both the New York State Public High School Athletic Association and Federation portions of the meet – and that was after he competed in the preliminary round of the 55-meter dash, where he tied for 15th place overall and finished second in his heat with his time of 6.67 seconds.

Borzillieri’s leap of 21-feet-10¼ earned him his first medals of any kind at a state championship after surpassing his predicted finishing placement in both events.

West Seneca West’s Peter Borzillieri, top, and Anna Rybczynski both competed in a pair of events to lead the Indians’ contingent at Saturday’s annual state indoor track championships, held at the Ocean Breeze Sports Complex in Staten Island. West Seneca West’s Peter Borzillieri, top, and Anna Rybczynski both competed in a pair of events to lead the Indians’ contingent at Saturday’s annual state indoor track championships, held at the Ocean Breeze Sports Complex in Staten Island. Borzillieri will now compete in the Emerging Elite Boys long jump at Friday’s New Balance Boys High School Indoor Track and Field National Championships, which will be held at the New Balance Track and Field Center in Manhattan.

Rybczynski, a junior, placed seventh among all public schools competitors and eighth in the Federation out of the 29 total girls competing in the 1,000 run. Rybczynski lowered her own school record to 2 minutes, 54.53 seconds after being pushed by running in the fastest section of the event, finishing just over four-tenths of a second off the Section VI record in the process.

Rybczynski earned her fifth medal in her fourth consecutive indoor track state championships for her efforts, and also earned her third consecutive berth at the New Balance Girls National Championships, where she will race in the Emerging Elite Girls 800.

Rybczynski then returned to the track about an hour after the 1,000 to compete in the 600, where she placed eighth among public schools competitors and 11th among Federation competitors out of 30 total athletes in the event when she crossed the line in 1:36.97, which was just 0.49 seconds off her own school record.

West had two other competitors at states as well in seniors Emily Benkleman and Joseph Castoire. Benkleman crossed the line in her second-fastest effort ever of 7:53.68 after placing second in the first section of the 1,500 race walk and 11th overall out of 19 total walkers, surpassing her predicted finishing placement. Castoire tossed the weight 58-1¾ on his second attempt for his best effort at his first state championship of any kind.

“Our student athletes’ performances at these past state championships were the culmination of concentrated efforts from their families, our coaching staff, and themselves as they gave the best they had to offer this past Saturday,” coach Emilio Mancino said. “We are especially happy for Anna’s and Peter’s historic and gratifying successes this past Saturday.”

The team’s annual season celebration has been scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, March 12, at Lucarelli’s Banquet Center. Anyone interested in attending should RSVP with Mancino by email at emancino@wscschools.org or by phone at 677-3801 ext. 4347.

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