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2018-06-07 / Sports

Maurino to contend to be state’s fastest in 100-meter dash

East track


West Seneca East’s Lezaya Shannon, left, hustles down the straightaway as Orchard Park’s Kameron Klass matches her stride for stride during their preliminary-round heat of the Division I girls 100-meter dash in Friday’s portion of the annual Section VI Track and Field Championships. Shannon ultimately finished 11th overall in the event after missing the cut to make finals by a quarter of a second. 
Photo by Jason NadolinskiPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com West Seneca East’s Lezaya Shannon, left, hustles down the straightaway as Orchard Park’s Kameron Klass matches her stride for stride during their preliminary-round heat of the Division I girls 100-meter dash in Friday’s portion of the annual Section VI Track and Field Championships. Shannon ultimately finished 11th overall in the event after missing the cut to make finals by a quarter of a second. Photo by Jason NadolinskiPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com West Seneca East’s boys track team member Jacob Maurino will have the chance to be the fastest sprinter in New York State this weekend after qualifying for the state championships in the 100-meter dash with his effort at this past weekend’s annual Section VI Championships.

Maurino was the second-fastest Division I runner at Niagara Falls on Saturday when he crossed the finish line in 10.96 seconds to place second in a time that satisfied the state qualifying standard.

East also saw Josh Glaub finish second in the steeplechase with his time of 9 minutes, 53.74 seconds, as well as in the two-mile run with his time of 9:36.38, but his efforts were not quick enough to meet the state qualifying standard for either event. Glaub also placed 16th (4:52.12) in the mile, and was joined in the steeplechase by both Vinny Pagliaccio (fourth, 10:15.05) and Sean McCartan (eighth, 10:52.25).


West Seneca East’s Jacob Maurino, right, accelerates ahead of Niagara Falls’ Abraham Averhart as they approach the finish line of the boys’ Division I 100-meter dash during their preliminary-round heat in Friday’s portion of the annual Section VI Track and Field Championships. Maurino, who won their heat with his time of 11.63 seconds, ultimately placed second overall – and qualified for this weekend’s state championships in the process – after posting a time of 10.96 seconds in Saturday’s final. 
Photo by Jason NadolinskiPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com West Seneca East’s Jacob Maurino, right, accelerates ahead of Niagara Falls’ Abraham Averhart as they approach the finish line of the boys’ Division I 100-meter dash during their preliminary-round heat in Friday’s portion of the annual Section VI Track and Field Championships. Maurino, who won their heat with his time of 11.63 seconds, ultimately placed second overall – and qualified for this weekend’s state championships in the process – after posting a time of 10.96 seconds in Saturday’s final. Photo by Jason NadolinskiPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com McCartan and Pagliaccio also teamed up with Josh Lisiecki and Jamie Sullivan to place 13th in the 4x400 relay with their time of 3:45.34.

Glaub was East’s top performer the previous weekend at the annual ECIC Championships at Williamsville South, placing second in both the mile (4:24.51) and two-mile runs (9:28.91). Maurino took third (11.20) in the 100 dash, while Pagliaccio placed fourth (10:23.52) in the steeplechase.

Chris Lithiluxia rounded out East’s top-10 efforts at ECICs by placing sixth (21-7) in the long jump and eighth (40-11½) in the triple jump. Other ECIC competitors included McCarten (steeplechase, 14th, 10:57.24), Lisiecki (400 dash, 15th, 54.62) and Sullivan (800, 30th, 2:11.20).

Maurino will now join his counterparts from the West side of town in traveling to Syracuse this weekend to take part in the state championship meet.

On the girls’ side, several underclassmen who advanced to sectionals made the most of their appearance and left feeling inspired about pursuing further greatness next season.

Lezaya Shannon was among the most active of the Lady Trojans, placing seventh (26.71 seconds) in the 200-meter dash and 11th (13.52) in the 100 dash. Bri Sorrentino also competed in a pair of events and recorded top-10 efforts in both, placing ninth (17.24) in the 100 hurdles and 10th (33-feet-8) in the triple jump.

Emily Piselli, meanwhile, had the best finish of East’s female athletes, placing sixth (12.72) in the 100 dash. Emma Grzebinski rounded out the Lady Trojans’ efforts by placing 15th (8 minutes, 41.72 seconds) in the steeplechase.

“These girls are making strides in the right direction,” coach Ryan Colbert said. “None of them are seniors and all hope to return next year — and hopefully bring some teammates with them [to sectionals]. The team’s 1-4 season does not define all of the hard work and dedication put in by the Lady Trojans. Some are already asking about next year and how they can be competitive. The girls showed up every day ready and willing to work this year, and that is a start to a thriving program. The sky truly is the limit for some of these runners.”

Shannon also fared well at the previous weekend’s annual ECIC Championships at Williamsville South, placing third (13.02) in the 100 dash and seventh (26.90) in the 200. Grzebinski placed 14th (8:19.87) in the steeplechase, while Hallie Bytler took 20th (4-6) in the high jump. Sorrentino placed 28th (31-2½) in the triple jump, while Kaylee McNichol finished 30th (5:45.92) in the 1,500.

Kara Sztaba rounded out the Lady Trojans’ ECIC efforts by placing 38th (29-6) in the triple jump.

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