T rack wrap up
As the indoor track season rounds the bend into the home stretch, Granville athletes continue to rack up place finishes in various events.
At the Wasaren Indoor Championship, which was held Feb. 7 at Union College in Schenectady, the boys and girls teams finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
For the boys, track standout Mike Fiacco won the 50-meter hurdles with a time of 7.64; he also placed fifth in the shot put, throwing 32 feet, 11 inches.
The 4X400 relay team of Andrew Hadeka, Tyler Jones, Colton Zavistaski and Devin Buxton took third place with a time of 4:10.60. Hadeka also finished fourth in the 45- meter dash and the long jump. Jones took fifth in the 45-meter dash and sixth in the long jump. Zavistaski placed sixth in the 45-meter dash. Garrett Brown finished sixth in the shot put with a throw of 31 feet, 8.5 inches rounding out scoring for the boys.
For the fifth place girls, Andrea Kibling took second in the triple jump with a leap of 26 feet, 11 inches and was the high finisher for the team; she was also sixth in the long jump with a leap of 12 feet, 4.25 inches. Taylor Scribner took third in the 45-meter dash with a time of 6.93 as well as finishing sixth in the 300 meters.
Brianna Kelly placed fifth in the 45-meter dash with a time of 7.08 and fifth in the 300 meter. Megan Pietryka finished fourth in the shot put with a throw of 26 feet and Christina Filer finished sixth in the shot put with a throw of 24 feet, 4.75 inches.
In sectional competition Feb. 12 at the University of Albany, the boys and girls team finished eighth and ninth, respectively. For the girls, Andrea Kibling broke the indoor school record in the triple jump with a leap of 28 feet, which was good enough for sixth place.
“Andrea loves the triple jump and had waited all day to compete in it. The event started around 7:15 p.m., seven hours after the meet started. “I asked Andrea before the event, ‘Are you sure you want to jump?’ she said ‘Yes, I want this!’ and she went out and got the record. I’m proud of her,” head coach Jay Condon said.
Taylor Scribner finished fifth in the 300 and sixth in the 55-meter dash. Brianna Kelly finished fourth in the 55-meter dash.
“It was a rough week, League on Monday and come back on Saturday and run sectionals,” Condon said. “They both did a great job of staying focused and not letting the glamour of the event take their focus away. They both may be in eighth grade, but today they didn’t show it. They showed the focus of a seasoned athlete.”
Megan Pietryka finished sixth in the shot put with a throw of 26 feet, 8 inches.
“I’m very proud of Megan, she had to overcome a lot in the last few weeks,” Condon said. Rounding out scoring for the girls Rachael Everts set the school record in the 1500- meter race walk with a time of 10:17.2 finishing third.
“I have to give credit to Coach (Jack) Best here. He’d been training Rachael for this event for a few weeks now and they had their eyes set on a top three finish and they got it,” Condon said.
For the boys, Fiacco was top finisher with second in the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 8.55. “It was a close race and by no means a clean run for any of the five in the race, lots of hurdles knocked into and elbows, and legs all over,” Condon said. Fiacco will run in the state qualifier Feb. 27.
Hadeka broke the school indoor long jump record with 17 feet 9 inches and finished fifth. Jones finished sixth in the event. “This was the story of the day. I couldn’t believe it, Tyler jumped first and broke the school record on his first jump, right after was Andrew, he jump and broke Tyler’s record. This went back and forth all day in this event,” Condon said. “It was the best thing I’ve seen all season long, two teammates battling for the school record. I’m sure if we gave them six more jumps they would have kept on doing it.”
Jon Dieckert finished fifth in the triple jump with 36 feet, 7.25 inches. “I’m so happy for Jon. He works hard every day for this event and probably outside of me, knows the most about it on our team. I was very happy for him,” Condon said.