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High School Track and Field: Hamburg tunes up for sectionals

At the Section VI League Championships, the penultimate meet before the Sectionals, Hamburg continued a season-long march of improvement.

Jake Wojnicki set the tone in the 3200 meters by dropping his best time by more than 20 seconds to a 10:22 and finished first among the large school competitors and second overall. In the hurdles, Sam Ruszzek recorded consecutive personal bests, including a 9.24 in the semifinals. At the same time, in the triple jump, Leah Coveli had her best ever jump with a 31-foot, 20inch effort to qualify her for sectionals.

In the 1000, Molly Kabsa and Aaron Wojnicki recorded personal bests with Wojnicki dropping 11 seconds. Ruszczek followed up with a second place in the large school 600 and Tim Dubill recorded a personal best. That was immediately followed by Brooke Dehlinger, who notched a best in the 55 trials and then improved it to 7.93 in the semifinals. Cassie Taber missed her best by a second in the racewalk while earning sixth place.

At shot put, Kyle Brown, the sectional weight throw champion, had a best of 44-4.5. In the 1500, Erin Cuddihy improved her best by two seconds, and Zach Stumpf was fifth in large schools. Ruszczek was sixth in the large school 300. Covelli recorded her best long jump, while Aric Huber did the same in high jump.

In the relays, Cuddihy, Gabrille LaRosa, Kabsa and Lexi Kinsman were sixth in the 3200 meters. Stumpf, the Wojnickis and Huber were a second off their best. The 1600 relay teams, Renee Meinhold, Meghan Hagerty, Jessica Tenter, and Erika Wicher, and Stumpf, Christian Kostowniak, Liam O’Connor and Liam Callahan equaled the predicted best effort by the coaching staff. The girls’ 800 relay of Dehlinger, LaRosa, Kinsman, and Erica Smolinski were fifth and also equaled the predicted best time. Dubill, Nick Larson, Huber and Aaron Wojnicki were faster than predicted for the boys.

The Section VI Championships will be run Thursday, Feb. 21 at Fredonia State College.

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