Gator track teams sweep Coudy, CC

Lori Chase
Port Allegany Reporter Argus
May 6, 2010

One more.

After dispatching Coudersport 133-16 on a gorgeous afternoon at Gator Field, next week’s visit to Otto-Eldred is the last hurdle between the 7-0 Port Allegany boys’ track team and a third consecutive undefeated dual-meet season and North Tier League championship.

As it has all spring, Port’s depth paid off against Coudy. Nick Conway (110 hurdles, high jump, 400 relay), Cameron Lane (100, 200, 400 relay), Tyce Miller (800, 1600 relay, 3200 relay), Adam Greenman (400 relay, 1600 relay), and Paul Woods (shot put, 1600 relay) were all multiple winners for the Gators, while Kory Majot won the long jump and pole vault to pace the Falcons.

“Between injuries and absenteeism for tonight’s meet, we were down some important people. But other guys stepped up, and they did well,” head coach George Riley said.

The Gator girls are also putting together a successful season, downing the Falcons 84-66 to move to 4-2. The meet was close all the way, with Riley deciding to add star sprinter Bryanna Evens to his 1600-meter relay lineup against a Falcons team led by the formidable Giannotti sisters.

The move worked, with Evens giving Port a sizable lead on the first leg, and anchor Breanna Foster held off Emily Giannotti – likely headed to her fourth straight PIAA state championships appearance later this month – for the final 400 meters and the win.

“I knew the meet was going to be very close, and I had a feeling it was going to come down the 4-by-4 at the end,” Riley said. “So I chose to put Bryanna Evens on the relay to run against Emily Giannotti, and it worked out for us.”

Evens (100, 200, 400 relay, 1600 relay), Renee Edgell (shot put, discus), Foster (400 relay, 1600 relay), Jillian Edgreen (400, 1600 relay) and Kelsey Payne (high jump, 400 relay) all won multiple events for the Gator girls, while the Falcons were led by Emily Wambaugh (100 hurdles, 300 hurdles, triple jump), Emily Giannotti (1600, 3200, 3200 relay), and Allison Giannotti (800, 3200 relay).

Over the weekend, a partial squad competed at the Twin Tiers Invitational in Bolivar, medaling nine times in the 17-team event hosted by Oswayo Valley. The boys scored 45 points to end up in sixth place, led by a 2-3-4 finish from Paul Woods (who also finished third in the discus), Seth Lowery, and Brock Taylor in the boys’ shot put.

“Lowery and Woods consistently throw 40-plus and are closing in on districts, but now Brock Taylor has started throwing 40s. That’s nice,” Riley said.

Nick Conway also recorded a top-three finish, placing third in the 110 hurdles.

The weather wasn’t nearly as accommodating for last Wednesday’s meet against Cameron County, with a chilly 30-mph headwind howling through the home stretch of the track. However, the nasty conditions did little to stop the Gators’ 400-meter relay team, as Adam Greenman, Denzel Middleton, Max Morris, and Cameron Lane posted a time of :45.67 to come within :0.17 of the 2006 school record.

Port won both sides of the official meet, with the boys outscoring the Red Raiders 133-16 and the girls prevailing 115-30. By far, though, the most-anticipated event of the afternoon was the traditional Elephant Run, a relay race with some not-so-traditional runners.

“The Elephant Run was started many, many years ago when Coach (Jim) Turner and Coach Fragale from Emporium decided to put four guys out there for a 1600-meter relay who went over 200 pounds,” Riley said. “They traded an imaginary trophy back and forth, and when I started coaching with Fran Reilly, Mr. Fragale kept the thing alive.”

The Gators have won the last several races featuring the athletes who normally spend their time throwing heavy objects, and the team of Brock Bricker, Rudy Collver, R.J. Powell, and Kyle Conway made sure the trophy will stay in Port for another year.

“It’s a lot of fun. Everybody gets into it, and the kids have a lot of fun with it,” Reilly said.

4/28, at Port Allegany:
Boys: Port Allegany 133, Cameron County 16

100: Lippert (CC) :11.57, 200: Greenman (PA) :25.47, 400: Fox (PA) :54.95, 800: Caulkins (PA) 2:40.77, 1600: Tr. Miller (PA) 5:44.91, 3200: Kysor (PA) 11:57.0, 400 relay: Port A (Greenman, Middleton, Morris, Lane) :45.67, 1600 relay: Port A (Greenman, Woods, Middleton, Fox) 3:49.08, 3200 relay: Port A (Kysor, Woods, Parana, Coxen) 10:15.35, 110 hurdles: Middleton (PA) :18.1, 300 hurdles: Middleton (PA) :42.99, long jump: Austin (PA) 15-6 ½, triple jump: Osani (PA) 37-4, high jump: N. Conway (PA) 5-8, shot put: Woods (PA) 41-6 ½, discus: Woods (PA) 112-2, pole vault: Tanner (PA) 8-6, javelin: Osani (PA) 135-1.

Girls: Port Allegany 115, Cameron County 30
100: Evens (PA) :14.02, 200: Evens (PA) :28.51, 400: Evens (PA) 1:05.49, 800: Woodruff (PA) 2:58.14, 1600: Woodruff (PA) 6:24.49, 3200: Woodruff (PA) 14:33.95, 400 relay: Port A (Borro, Payne, Foster, Evens) :55.6, 1600 relay: Port A (Armendariz, Culver, J. Edgell, Foster) 5:49.34, 3200 relay: Port A (Woodruff, J. Edgell, Wise, Edgreen) 12:26.29, 100 hurdles: Payne (PA) :21.14, 300 hurdles: Collver (PA) :57.67, long jump: Kelley (PA) 12-9, triple jump: Topolski (CC) 25-11, high jump: Payne (PA) 4-6, shot put: Schatz (CC) 30-2, discus: Schatz (CC) 93-4, pole vault: J. Edgell (PA) 6-0, javelin: Zoschg (CC) 101-2.

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