LAKEWOOD — In many ways, the CCAA Track and Field Championships were merely an extension of the regular season:
The Gostomski twins from Cattaraugus-Little Valley stood out from an individual standpoint. The Allegany-Limestone squads had stellar days both individually and as a team. And the Big 30 combined for a number of quality performances.
Abby and Bailey Gostomski both captured a pair of firsts and keyed the winning 1,600-meter relay team and both Allegany-Limestone teams won the CCAA Division II titles at the annual county meet, held Saturday at Southwestern High School.
Abby won the 800 (2:17.58) and 2,000 steelechase (7:19.09) while Bailey took first in the 1,500 (4:52.69) and 3,000 (10:45.14) and added a second in triple jump (32-9). The Timberwolves’ 1,600 relay team finished first in 4:12.04.
On the girls side, the Gators finished first among six Division II teams with 156 points, with Portville placing second (123) and Salamanca fifth (47). Olean was fifth among six teams in Division II while Franklinville (112) was second out of six teams in Division III and Cattaraugus-LV fourth (104).
On the boys side, the Gators dominated the Division II field with 189 points with Portville placing fourth (80) and Salamanca fifth (68). Olean was second in Division II with 94.33 points while Franklinville (68) was third in Division III and Cattaraugus-LV (34) sixth.
The A-L girls were led by Grace DeCapua, who was second in the 400 (1:00.70), fifth in the 200 (:27.71) and tied for fifth in triple jump (31-6½). The Gators, who took third and fourth in the 3,200 relay (10:24.87) and 1,600 relay (4:18.78), respectively, also got a fourth from Madeline Lippert in the 100 hurdles (:17.56), a sixth from Sofia Fortuna in the 800 (2:28.42) and a sixth from Lindsey Clawson in the 2,000 steeplechase (8:38.89).
Michael Wolfgang won both hurdles events and took second in high jump (5-10) while Patrick Walsh placed first and second, respectively, in shot put and discus, to lead the A-L boys. Wolfgang took the 100 hurdles in :15.33 and the 400 hurdles in :57.10, edging teammate Liam Coulter, who finished second in :57.46. Both were state-qualifying times.
Also for the Gators, Sam Filbert was third in the 3,000 steeplechase (10:50.20) and sixth in the 3,200 (10:38.82); Michael Nye won discus (131-0) and took sixth in shot put (40-11) and Alan Wildfire added a sixth in triple jump (39-¾). A-L also placed sixth in both the 1,600 (3:39.47) and 3,200 (9:08.59) relays.
Contributing to the Portville girls’ second-place divisional finish were: Alexis Aloi, who took third in the 100 hurdles (:17.32); Bryar Childs, who was third in triple jump (32-6), Bethany Miller, who was sixth in high jump (4-8) and Korah Witherell, who was fifth in discus (88-10). Rena Riley won the shot put title (35-3¾) while Hayly Fredrickson was fourth in pole vault (8-6) and sixth in the 400 hurdles (1:13.07), McKenna Kaleta fifth in the 400 (1:03.94) and Sabrina Skinner fifth in triple jump (31-6½) for Franklinville, which added a sixth in the 1,600 relay (4:23.26).
Lauren Eaton had a pair of fourth-place finishes – in the 100 (:13.28) and 200 (:27.65) – while Jessica Ritchie was fifth in the pole vault (8-3) for the Timberwolves. Mushirah Sheppard was second in pole vault (11-0) and fifth in long jump (14-11½) for Salamanca, and Olean placed third in the 400 relay and got a sixth from Teri Poortenga in shot put (30-6 ¾).
For the second-place Huskies on the boys side, Nick DeCerbo was a double-winner, taking the long jump (20-½) and triple jump (42-½), and Grant Fox won pole vault by clearing 12 feet, six inches. Daunte Jeter was second in the 400 (:52.13), George Kivari fourth in high jump (5-8), Josh Bihler fifth in triple jump (40-1¼) and Jaydon DeAngelo sixth in the 100 (:11.89). Olean also claimed fifth in the 1,600 relay (3:39.19).
Portville had a top finish of fourth in the 3,200 relay (8:46.14) and Salamanca received a sixth from Kohl Ambuske in the 110 hurdles (:17.07).
The Titans’ best individual finish was Elliot Bowen in the 110 hurdles (7th, :17.10) and Portville’s was Derrick Dean in the 800 (7th, 2:07.02).