Track and field: running toward another NTL Championship

Lori Chase
Port Allegany Reporter Argus
Apr. 30, 2009

The Gator track teams, continuing to tune up for the league and district meets, turned in more solid performances last week despite some chilly temperatures. The boys kept their undefeated dual-meet streak alive, improving to 4-0 on the season with wins over Coudersport, Oswayo Valley, and Otto-Eldred, while the girls came up just two points shy of matching them and knocking off the Falcons, the 10-time defending league champions. They finished the week with a 2-2 overall record, with victories against the Green Wave and Terrors.

At Coudersport, Denzel Middleton won both the 110 and 300 hurdles, Tyler Payne (1600, 3200, 3200 relay) and Jason Roush (800, 1600 relay, 3200 relay) tripled against Coudy runners, and Ben Osani (200, 400 relay, javelin) tripled against OV. Super sophomore Bryanna Evens quadrupled against both teams, sweeping the sprints and qualifying for districts in the 200, while Jessica French (800, 1600, 3200, 3200 relay) quadrupled and Emily Schena (300 hurdles, 400/1600 relays) tripled against the Green Wave.

On Thursday, Chris Fabish tripled in the throwing events and Middleton, Josh Fox, Jason Roush, Tyler Payne, and Ken Kysor all doubled as the Gators dominated the undermanned Terrors, who were led by Shawn Barnish’s triple and doubles from Drew Coscia and Matt Buck..

“Chris has been doing well all year; he’s closer and closer to districts. We get nights like tonight where we have some decent sunshine instead of rain, and I’m sure he’ll make it soon,” said head coach George Riley, who also noted that James Nellis qualified for districts with a high jump of 5′ 9”.

On the girls’ side, the highlight of the afternoon was a photo-finish in the 100-meter dash, with Nikki Drabert finishing in front of Evens by a single hundredth of a second.

“It’s something she’s been wanting to do for, I think, two years now. She just barely beat her, and that’s a good competition between the two of them, which is kind of exciting,” Riley said. The rare loss seemed to have little effect on Evens, who left no room for doubt in the other sprints, winning the 200 by almost a full second.

Elsewhere, Jessica French (800, 1600, 3200) and Emily Schena (both hurdles, 1600 relay) tripled, and Drabert, Evens, Breanna Foster, and Desi Tanner each doubled in the win, while Jocelyn Cochran tripled and Jordan Beckwith doubled for Otto-Eldred.

This week’s schedule includes a visit from Northern Potter on Tuesday for a matchup Riley expects will decide the boys’ North Tier League championship, then a trip to Sheffield on Wednesday before the Gators head east for the Coudersport Invitational on Saturday morning.

At Coudersport, 4/21:
Boys: Port A 86, Coudy 64; Port A 91, Oswayo Valley 59
100: Tim Thomas (C) :11.8, 200: Thomas (C) :24.6, 400: Thomas (C) :54.1, 800: Jason Roush (PA) 2:15.8, 1600: Orion Bernard (OV) 4:55, 3200: Bernard (OV) 10:47.5, 400 relay: Coudy (Minor, Gilson, Bernard, Thomas) :48.1, 1600 relay: Port A (Roush, Adam Greenman, Greg Gustin, Paul Woods) 3:55.1, 3200 relay: Oswayo Valley 9:27.7, 110 hurdles: Denzel Middleton (PA) :18.1, 300 hurdles: Middleton (PA) :46.1, long jump: Joe Carson (OV) 19-7, triple jump: Carson (OV) 38-9, high jump: Carson (OV) 5-9, shot put: Chris Fabish (PA) 39-1 ½, discus: Higgins (C) 108-5, pole vault: Chet Tanner (PA) 10-0, javelin: Minor (C) 152-3 ¾.

Girls: Coudy 76, Port A 74; Port A 108, Oswayo Valley 41
100: Bryanna Evens (PA) :14.2, 200: Evens (PA) :28.8, 400: Evens (PA) 1:06.4, 800: Allison Gianotti (C) 2:37.7, 1600: Emily Gianotti (C) 5:37.7, 3200: E. Gianotti (C) 11:54.1, 400 relay: Port A (Emily Schena, Brianna Foster, Nikki Drabert, Evens) :57.0, 1600 relay: Port A (Healy, Foster, Schena, Tanner) 4:54.3, 3200 relay: Coudy (E. Gianotti, A. Gianotti, Hutchinson, Cole) 11:35.2, 100 hurdles: Abby Wambaugh (C) :18.1, 300 hurdles: Wambaugh (C) :52.1, long jump: Meacham (OV) 13-11, triple jump: Meacham (OV) 35-5 ½, high jump: Kelsey Payne (PA) 4-7, shot put: Lockwood (OV) 30-4 ¾, discus: Easton (C) 78-9, pole vault: Moshier (C) 7-0, javelin: Amanda Kelley (PA) 83-10.

At Port Allegany, 4/23:
Boys: Port A 101 ½, Otto-Eldred 48 ½
100: Shawn Barnish (OE) :11.8, 200: Ben Osani (PA) :24.8, 400: Josh Fox (PA) :56.9, 800: Wil Duke (OE) 2:19.4, 1600: Tyler Payne (PA) 5:08.7, 3200: Ken Kysor (PA) 11:49.3, 400 relay: Otto-Eldred (Barnish, Drew Coscia, Matt Buck, Mike Martin) :47.8, 1600 relay: Port A (Roush, Greenman, Fox, Gustin) 3:59.6, 3200 relay: Port A (James Coxen, Kysor, Roush, Payne) 9:38.5, 100 hurdles: Middleton (PA) 19.7, 300 hurdles: Middleton (PA) :44.5, long jump: Barnish (OE) 18-0, triple jump: Buck (OE) 34-2 ½, high jump: James Nellis (PA) 5-9, shot put: Fabish (PA) 37-11 ¼, discus: Fabish (PA) 108-0, pole vault: Coscia (OE) 11-0, javelin: Fabish (PA) 132-8.

Girls: Port A 105, Otto-Eldred 45
100: Nikki Drabert (PA) :14.22, 200: Evens (PA) :28.91, 400: Evens (PA) 1:06.2, 800: Jessica French (PA) 2:47.8, 1600: French (PA) 6:07.9, 3200: French (PA) 13.39.97, 400 relay: Port A (N. Drabert, Emily Schena, Carli Johnston, Breanna Foster) :57.5, 1600 relay: Port A (Caryne Healy, Foster, Schena, Desi Tanner) 5:14.6, 3200 relay: Port A (Julia Creutzberg, 100 hurdles: Schena (PA) :18.1, 300 hurdles: Schena (PA) :51.6, long jump: Jocelyn Cochran (OE) 13-4 ½, triple jump: Cochran (OE) 29-0, high jump: Kelsey Payne (PA) 4-3, shot put: Jordan Beckwith (OE) 34-5, discus: Jordan Smith (OE) 78-11, pole vault: Cochran (OE) 8-0, javelin: Beckwith (OE) 108-6.

Gators win crucial NTL battle
Heading into Tuesday night’s showdown with Northern Potter for the North Tier League lead, Port Allegany track coach George Riley was counting on his squad’s depth to make the difference. Good call. The Panthers ended up winning 10 of 18 events, including eight of 11 races run on the rain-drenched track at Gator Field, but Port’s dominance in the field – as well as some points from unexpected sources – provided the margin of victory in an 82-68 win.

“We gave them one third (out of nine possible places) in the throwing events. That, pretty much, is where we won it,” Riley said. “And different guys stepped up. Brent Frontino, Paul Woods, Chris Fabish, we had three different winners in those three events.” In addition, Fabish’s winning discus toss of 121 feet, 6 inches was also good enough to qualify the Gator senior for districts.

Adam Greenman (100, 400 relay) and Denzel Middleton (300 hurdles, 400 relay) were the only multiple winners for Port, now 5-0 in dual meets. However, a sweep in the pole vault and a two-three finish by Tyler Payne and Ken Kysor in the 3200-meter run, both of which pleasantly surprised Riley, helped keep the Gators in front throughout the afternoon.

“Depth, and the field events, made us who we are,” Riley concluded.

While the boys’ team edged the Panthers, the girls had little problem dispatching their Potter County foes. Despite quadruples by NoPo runners Rebecca Warriner and Erin Perry, the Gators dominated the meet, sweeping seven events on the way to a 108-38 win to improve to 3-2 on the season. Senior Emily Schena tripled, running a leg on the 400 relay and winning both hurdles races, and Jenn Anderson (shot put, discus) and Amanda Kelley (long jump, javelin) each doubled in the win.

Boys: Port Allegany 82, Northern Potter 68
100: Adam Greenman (PA) :11.79, 200: Nick Erway (NP) :24.31, 400: Zack Erway (NP) :53.58, 800: Josh Knauer (NP) 2:09.19, 1600: Andrew Morgan (NP) 4:57.04, 3200: Steve Kibbe (NP) 10:54.4, 400 relay: Port A (Denzel Middleton, Jeff Michener, Ben Osani, Greenman) :47.86, 1600 relay: Northern Potter (Solis, Gamble, Morgan, Knauer) 3:46.5, 3200 relay: Northern Potter (Boyd, Kibbe, Morgan, Knauer) 9:58.9, 110 hurdles: Middleton (PA) 18.1, 300 hurdles: Solis (NP) :43.2, long jump: Ruggerio (NP) 17-3, triple jump: Greg Gustin (PA) 35-6, high jump: Ransom (NP) 5-7, shot put: Paul Woods (PA) 37-9 ½, discus: Chris Fabish (PA) 121-6, pole vault: Chet Tanner (PA) 9-6, javelin: Brent Frontino (PA) 132-1.

Girls: Port Allegany 108, Northern Potter 38
100: Rebecca Warriner (NP) :13.48, 200: Warriner (NP) :27.54, 400: Warriner (NP) 1:02.4, 800: Erin Perry (NP) 2:39.1, 1600: Perry (NP) 5:48.5, 3200: Jessica French (PA) 14:27.6, 400 relay: Port Allegany (Emily Schena, Brianna Foster, Nikki Drabert, Bryanna Evens) :57.01, 1600 relay: Northern Potter (Warriner, Soroko, Perry, Kelliner) 4:38.4, 3200 relay: Port Allegany (Julia Creutzberg, Melissa Haggard, Jillian Edgreen, Hannah Wise) 14:20.4, 100 hurdles: Schena (PA) :18.58, 300 hurdles: Schena (PA) :54.61, long jump: Amanda Kelley (PA) 13-2, triple jump: Kari Drabert (PA) 25-0 ¼, high jump: Perry (NP) 4-3, shot put: Jenn Anderson (PA) 25-6 ½, discus: Anderson (PA) 79-6, pole vault: Carli Johnston (PA) 7-0, javelin: Kelley (PA) 78-1 ½.

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