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2018-05-16 / Sports

Sweet Home boys track wins seventh straight ECIC II title

by PATRICK J. NAGY Reporter


Sweet Home's Colin Gerlach negotiates a hurdle during the boys 3000-meter steeplechase during Saturday’s Williamsville South Track and Field Invitational at Williamsville South. Gerlach took 18th in 12 minutes, 40.25 seconds. 
Photo by Nicholas T. LoVerde Sweet Home's Colin Gerlach negotiates a hurdle during the boys 3000-meter steeplechase during Saturday’s Williamsville South Track and Field Invitational at Williamsville South. Gerlach took 18th in 12 minutes, 40.25 seconds. Photo by Nicholas T. LoVerde Sweet Home’s boys outdoor track and field team continued its domination against ECIC Division II competition, beating Hamburg, 89-52, on the road on Monday to clinch the division title and finish undefeated for the seventh straight year.

Kaleb Luton (110 hurdles, personal best 15.7 seconds; triple jump, 41 feet, 2 inches); Anthony Williams (100 dash, personal best 10.8; 200, 23.1); and Sam Schultz (1600, 5:00; 3200, 11:19) were double winners for the Panthers.

Personal-best times came from Peyton Urbaniak (second in 110 hurdles, 17.6); Tommy Rivera (11.0, second); Pascale Muya (11.3); Mustafa Abdelfadeel (14.1); Dalton Januchowski (11.9); Ezekiel Baldwin (11.9); and Duane Rush (11.5) all in the 100; Jacob Weissenburg (5:13.7); Colin Gerlach (5:32.4); Bruce Dickinson (5:18.6); and Gianni Pezzino (5:15.3) in the 1600; Rush (55.6, third) and Chukwudi Ilozue (56.8) in the 400.

Ray Sambrotto won the 800 in a personal best 2:02.4 and Caleb Nickens won the shot put in a personal best 46-feet.

Other first places came from Nate Davis (long jump, 20-½); Kyle Durwald (400 hurdles, 1:03.5); Rivera (high jump, 5-8) and the 4x800 relay of Jacob Carter, Tim Spengler, Dan Gutsu and Sambrotto (8:56.3).

Sweet Home improved to 4-0 with a 75-60 road win over previously undefeated West Seneca West on May 8.

Davis won the 100-meter dash in 10.7 seconds and felt his hamstring cramp up, forcing him out of the meet.

That forced Sweet Home coach Brian Lombardo to move athletes around on the fly into different events.

Durwald stepped up big time, winning the 400 in 52.4 and the 400 hurdles in 1:02.3.

“Kyle might have been the story of the meet,” Lombardo said. “I moved him out of the 400 hurdles at first into the 400 and then I looked at him a few minutes later and asked him to come back in the 400 hurdles. Kyle said he was going to try it and he won. To do that in a dual meet where he only got about five to eight minutes rest speaks to the competitiveness of the team.”

Rivera wound up running the 200 and took third in 23.6. Sambrotto was placed in the 800 and took second in 2:06.5.

Luton was a triple winner for the boys team (110 hurdles, 16.0; long jump, 21-7; triple jump, 42-3½).

At Saturday’s Royal Comet Invitational at Rush-Henrietta High School, Sambrotto took second in the boys 3200 in 9:49.88, losing first by .51 seconds, Williams took fourth in the boys 200 in 23.02, Blake Smith took fourth in the 1600 in a personal best 4:54.80, Durwald took fifth in the 400 hurdles in 1:00.85, Schultz took fifth in the 3000 steeplechase in 10:53.90.

The 4x100 relay of Williams, Durwald, Rivera and Muya took fifth in 44.63.

In the field, Rivera took third in the high jump in 6-feet.

At Saturday’s Williamsville South Track and Field Invitational at Williamsville South, Chris Day (fifth, 10-6); Peyton Urbaniak (sixth, 6-feet); and Alex Makayed (ninth, 9-feet) competed in the pole vault.

Sweet Home girls

The Sweet Home girls fell into a three-way tie for the ECIC II title with Hamburg and West Seneca West after losing to Hamburg, 75.5-69.5 on Monday.

Angela Carter (100, 12.7; high jump (4-10); Lanee Hall (long jump. 15-1/2; triple jump, 33-10); and Lily Hayes (1500, 5:17.6; 3000, 11:25.9) were double winners.

The girls team improved to 4-0 after beating West Seneca West, 84-57, on May 8.

Amaya Turnage (100 hurdles, 16.3; long jump, 17-8); Carter (100, 13.0; high jump, 4-8) and Arleasia McGee (shot put, 36-3¼, discus, 104-4) were double winners.

At the Royal Comet Invitational, Turnage hit the sectional provisional standard in the high jump (5-feet, second place) and 400 hurdles (1:09.96, second).

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