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Hamburg records more bests at team championships

More erratic weather didn’t prevent the Hamburg indoor track and field team from strong performances at the WNY Team Championships on Feb. 8 at Fredonia State College.

The meet opened with all three Hamburg hurdlers, Renee Meinhold, Sam Ruszczek and Tyler Carlson, advancing to the semifinals. Meinhold was also competing in triple jump with Jenny Robbins. Both were within inches of their personal bests. Robbins had a personal best in long jump. Jeremy Herrington had his best effort for the boys in triple jump. Jake Wojnicki was fifth in the 3200 with his best time on a 160-meter track. Molly Kabsa was fifth in the 1000, bettering her previous best by almost four seconds. Pete Rindfuss was sixth with his best time and came back for fourth in the 1600. Alex Ross had her best two efforts in the 55 in the semifinals while Chris Janak was just off his best. In racewalk, Cassie Taber was third with her best time. In the 300, Lexi Kinsman recorded her personal best. In shot put, sectional-qualifier Will Reczek recorded his second-best throw of the year. Alicia Giles, in the same event recorded her four best throws ever, maxing out at 25-9. Beth Woycik had her best high jump at 4-feet, tying for fifth. Aaron Wojnicki was seventh in the pole vault with his best by one foot (10-feet).

In relays, the girls’ 3200 relay of Kabsa, Gabby LaRosa, Hannah Fredriksen and Madeline Maurer took fourth and ran the Bulldogs best time of the year at 11:02.46. Kabsa and Maurer came right back to team with Meinhold and Meghan Haggerty to run the Bulldogs best 1600 relay of the year. For the boys, the Wojnickis, Rindfuss and Matt Hess finished eighth in the 3200 Sharyel Santiago, Liam Oconnor, Pat Ryan and Jesse Stevens ran a strong 1600. Janak, Santiago, Hess and Connor Smail were strong in the 800. The Bulldogs next focus on the Section VI Championships Friday, Feb. 21.
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