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Rayven Sample, a Bucknell University sophomore and 2020 Cassadaga Valley Central School graduate, is flanked by Falconer/Cassadaga Valley Boys’ Athletics coaches Dave Nelson, left, and Nick Spry at the Falconer Invitational at the Bill Race Field Friday night. Sample presented the men with her Tokyo 2021 Paralympic Games top and uniform number. Sample was a member of Team USA and competed in the 400 meters after winning the T45 ranking at the US Paralympic Trials last June. Photo of PJ by Tim Frank

FALCONER — Southwestern’s men’s track team continued its dominant run.

Angelina Napoleon of Allegany-Limestone did too.

And then there was Randolph’s dynamic duo of Roan Kelly and Jaiden Huntington who were literally “exceptional” to mark the Falconer Invitational on a brilliantly sunny but cool Friday at Bill Race Field.

The Trojans, led by Michael Butterfield and Nate Lewis, won the boys’ tag team title with 82 points, 5.75 better than second-placed Randolph; Napoleon and Kelly were chosen for outstanding track athleticism; and Napoleon and Huntington were selected as Outstanding Field Athletes.

Launching a banner effort by Sam Eimiller of Maple Grove – he won three events – and it was quite a day for high school track and field fans.

Randolph’s Jaiden Huntington. Photo of PJ by Tim Frank

Butterfield won the 100 meters (11.23), breaking a 36-year-old school record, and the 200 (23.03); Kelly won the 800 meters (1:58.76) and the 1,600 (4:20.89); Huntington was first in shooting (44-0.5) and discus (128-11); and Eimiller won the 110 meter hurdles (15.34), 400 meter hurdles (59.75) and high jump (5-10).

Other individual performances for first place in the area for the boys were made by Lewis in the 3,000 meter steeplechase (a school record time of 10:05.06); Randolph’s Clayton Crouse in the pole vault (11-06); David Speagle of Chautauqua Lake in the long jump (20-4.50); and Fredonia’s Nick Whitfield in the triple jump (42-0).

As has become the custom, Napoleon was the headliner for the girls.

The junior won four events – the 800 meters (2:16.81), the 1,500 meters (5:01.29), the 2,000 meters steeplechase (6:39.71) and the high jump (5- 2) – to sweep individual honors.

Clymer/Sherman/Panama’s Jenna Fisher earned two first-place finishes in the 100 meters (12.73) and 200 meters (26.77). She was also a recipient of the Matthew “Bowl” Eskeli Sportsmanship Award.

Roan Kelly of Randolph. Photo of PJ by Tim Frank

Other individual winners from the region among the girls were Hannah Madonia and Ella Eckstrom of Falconer/Cassadaga Valley, and Corinne Inkley and Renee Waterman of Randolph.

Madonia crossed the finish line first in the 400-metre hurdles and Eckstrom landed a winning triple jump 32-7. Meanwhile, Inkley was first in the pole vault (8-0) and Waterman caught the shot (29-85).

Southwestern experienced a rather unique turn of events in the steeplechase when siblings Emma and Nate Lewis both set new school records. Emma, ​​just a seventh-grader, placed second in the 2,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 7:28.36, while Nate, a junior, clocked a winning time of 10:05.06 in the 3000 meter steeplechase.

Josh Lea of ​​Allegany-Limestone, who received the John LaBardo shot and discus Sportsmanship Award; and Fredonia’s Matt Linder, who joined Fisher as Matthew “Bowl” Recipient of the Eskeli Sportsmanship Award.

To cap off the awards ceremony, Rayven Sample, a sophomore at Bucknell University and 2020 Cassadaga Valley Central School graduate, presented Falconer/Cassadaga Valley coaches Dave Nelson and Nick Spry with his top and hat. Tokyo 2021 Paralympic Games number. Sample was a member of Team USA and competed in the 400 meters after winning the T45 classification trials last June.

Angelina Napoleon d’Allegany-Calcaire. Photo of PJ by Tim Frank

NOTES: Here are the team results for the boys: Southwestern 82, Randolph 76.25, East Aurora 66, Fredonia 51.25, Maple Grove 49.25, Franklinville 45, Falconer 31.25, Allegany-Limestone 30.5, Chautauqua Lake 30, Frewsburg 21, Olean 18.25, Springville 15, Portville 13, Clymer/Sherman/Panama 11, Dunkirk 11 and Iroquois 7.25.

Here are the team results for the girls: East Aurora 92.5, Franklinville 76, Allegany-Limestone 50, Portville 47, Falconer 45, Clymer/Sherman/Panama 45, Randolph 43, Southwestern 38, Iroquois 35, Maple Grove 30, Eden 12, Frewsburg 10, Olean 8, Gowanda 6, Chautauqua Lake 5.5, Dunkerque 5, Fredonia 4, Cattaraugus-Little Valley 4 and Silver Creek 2.

Allegany-Limestone’s Josh Lea receives the John LaBardo shot and discus Sportsmanship Award. Photo of PJ by Scott Kindberg

Fredonia’s Matt Linder, left, and Clymer/Sherman/Panama’s Jenna Fisher receive the Matthew “Billy” Eskeli Sportsmanship Awards from Falconer/Cassadaga Valley boys coach Dave Nelson. Photo of PJ by Scott Kindberg


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