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High School Track and Field: St. Francis with good showing in Webster

The St. Francis track and field team is looking to answer questions about the season and early on at the Webster Thomas Invitational, the Red Raiders began to provide some of those answers. Taking on a field of more than 20 schools and difficult cold and damp weather conditions, St. Francis enjoyed many solid performances.

Sophomore Chris Walters highlighted these efforts by finishing second in the long jump with a 19-foot, 10.75-inch effort and fourth in the 400 meters in a time of 55.13 seconds. Senior Brennan Macey cleared 5-8 in the high jump to take second, in addition to finishing fifth in the 200 with a 24.74. Junior Elliot Buccieri ran a 1:01.34 in the 400 hurdles to finish third. He also ran on the 4x400 relay that finished second. Walters, Aaron Hayes and Ryan Kawalerski were also on the relay that finished in 3:40.76. The 4x800 relay of Hayes, Ben Brady, Noah Zydel and Adam Gargano finished second in 9:22.10.

Other top eight finishers included Mike Taylor finishing fifth in the 3000 steeplechase with a 11:25.84; Noah Zydel and Ben Brady finishing sixth and seventh in the 3200 open running with 10:41.36 and 10:42.25, respectively; Jacob Smolinski and Dalton Reynolds taking fourth and sixth in the triple jump, respectively. Smolinski jumped 38-2.75 on his final attempt while Reynolds went 37’11.5 in his first time competing in the event. Also for St. Francis, sophomore Matt Kowalski threw the discus 112-6 to finish fifth; sophomore Adam Gargano won the second heat of the 800 in a time of 2:14.66 and finished seventh overall; and freshman Nick Miller ran 12 seconds in the 100 meters to take seventh.

St. Francis opened its 2013 Monsignor Martin season in defense of its 2012 All-Catholics title against Cardinal O’Hara on April 15.


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