PAHS track: Gators finish second at league meet

Lori Chase
Port Allegany Reporter Argus
May 14, 2009

All season long, Gators track coach George Riley has counted on his teams’ depth to help score points and win meets. That strength in numbers served Port Allegany well once again last Friday in Smethport. Despite winning only one event, both squads finished a strong second at the North Tier League meet, the last competition on the schedule before Friday’s District IX Class AA Championships in Kane.

Nikki Drabert, Emily Schena, Breanna Foster, and Bryanna Evens scorched the field in the girls’ 400-meter relay, crossing the finish line in :55.67 to barely miss earning a trip to districts. Evens, scheduled to compete in the 100, 200, and 400-meter dashes in Kane, also placed second to Northern Potter speedster Rebecca Warriner in all three events. Schena (300 hurdles), Jessica French (800, 1600, 3200), and Kelsey Payne (high jump) each medaled while tuning up for districts in their specialties, and Carli Johnston (pole vault) and the 1,600 and 3,200 relay teams also added to Port’s 106-point total, 22 behind meet host Smethport.

Northern Potter won the boys’ meet with 118 points, with the Gators finishing close behind with 99.

Chris Fabish (discus), Tyler Payne (3200), and the 400-meter relay team will all seek to repeat their medal-winning performances at districts, and Denzel Middleton (100 hurdles), Paul Woods (shot put), and the other relay teams also placed. James Nellis (high jump) and Ben Osani (javelin) have also posted district-qualifying marks, and will make the trip south on Friday. The meet is scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m.

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