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Hamburg finishes in top half of field at WNY Indoor Track and Field Challenge

Hamburg’s boy and girls finished in the upper echelon at the WNY Indoor Track League Team Challenge. The girls were 12th out of 30 teams, while the boys tied for 13th among 31. Scoring was determined by combining the effort of two competitors in each event.

The girls were led by two third-place efforts as Sam Ruszczek and Renee Meinhold both achieved personal bests in the hurdles and Hannah Fredriksen and Erin Cuddihy nearly equaled their bests in the 1500 meters; earlier they had finished fifth in the 1000 with each achieving a personal best. Cassie Tabor and Jessica Tender both lowered their bests in the racewalk by more than 15 seconds while finishing fourth. Ruszczek, who had another personal best, and Gabby Larosa were sixth in the 600. Taking seventh were Ruszczek and Amanda Lenau in the 300 and Meinhold and Leah Covelli in the triple jump. Lenau and Covelli notched bests.

Other personal bests for the girls included Covelli and Brooke Dehlinger in the long jump; Rosemary Herbst and Emilee Puccio in the 3000; and Herbst, Lexi Kinsman and Molly Kabsa in the 800. Kabsa’s time was the best Bulldog split of the year. The effort of LaRosa, Kabsa, Meghan Hagerty and Meinhold in the each 400 produced Hamburg’s best 1600 relay mark of the year. Lenau had a best in the 200.

For the boys, Austin White and Owen Schifferli were third in the pole vault. Tim Dubil qualified for sectionals in the 300 and just missed in the 600. Zach Stumpf and Jake Wojnicki had a pair of sixth-place finishes in the 1000 and 1600. Kyle Brown contributed to two sixth places as well, combining with Will Rezcek in the shot put and Aric Huber in the high jump. Brown’s top high jump effort of 5-feet, 2-inches elicited the largest cheers from the crowd as a sectional champion weight thrower is seldom seen in that event. Bests were recorded by Nick Larson, Liam O’Connor, Christian Kostowniak and Shawn Klenk in the 200 and Aaron Wojnicki and Huber in the 800.

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