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2015-06-11 / Sports

West boys’ 4x4 relay sets record, qualifies for states


West Seneca West’s Peter Borzillieri, far left, and West Seneca East’s Brandon Day, far right, hustle down the track while competing in the second preliminary heat of Friday’s Division I 100-meter dash during the annual Section VI Track and Field Championships. Borzillieri qualified for Saturday’s final with his effort, where he ultimately placed eighth in 11.58 seconds. Day, who did not qualify for the finals, finished 12th overall with his preliminary-round time of 11.65 seconds. 
Photo by Jason NadolinskiPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com West Seneca West’s Peter Borzillieri, far left, and West Seneca East’s Brandon Day, far right, hustle down the track while competing in the second preliminary heat of Friday’s Division I 100-meter dash during the annual Section VI Track and Field Championships. Borzillieri qualified for Saturday’s final with his effort, where he ultimately placed eighth in 11.58 seconds. Day, who did not qualify for the finals, finished 12th overall with his preliminary-round time of 11.65 seconds. Photo by Jason NadolinskiPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com West Seneca West’s boys 4x400-meter relay team of Austin Ensminger, John Gorman, Parker Welling and Robert Frazer punched its ticket for this weekend’s state track and field championships in record-setting fashion at this past weekend’s annual Section VI Track and Field Championships, held this year at Niagara Wheatfield.

The Indians’ foursome will make their way to the University at Albany after winning their race in a school-record time of 3 minutes, 23.32 seconds. Ensminger ran a personal-best 49.8-second split in the leadoff leg to give West an early lead in what was a wire-to-wire championship race.

Gorman held off the second leg from Niagara Falls on the first straightaway in a battle. He was able to fend the rival off and hand off to Welling with the lead. Welling had to do the same, fending off a runner on the first straightaway, but he pulled away with a personal best split, by two seconds, of 51.5 seconds.

Frazer got the baton with the lead and never let it go on his way to a personal-best 50.3-second split and the victory.

“Saturday was a very special day for the boys on that relay,” coach Brian Kader said. “They worked incredibly hard to avenge the disappointment of the indoor season and to see it pay off in the way that it did was just incredible. Austin and John gave up swimming this year because of the opportunity we had to reach the state meet and I’m sure it was quite the feeling to realize that goal.”

The previous record holders, from 2011, were Kalen Sullivan, Austin Alvarado, Greggory Hart and Ryan Purcell.

“Robbie has been with our program throughout his athletic career dating back to seventh grade, so for him to end the career with a trip to state meet makes me proud to be his coach,” Kader said. “Parker took the next step in what is sure to be quite the career here at West, as I’m not sure even he thought he was capable of the time he ran.”

Austin Ensminger also finished the 800 in a personal best 1:57.27 to place third.

West’s 4x100 relay of Jacob Maurino, Travis Kelly, Josh Barrow and Peter Borzillieri placed seventh in 46.17 seconds, while Jacob Bartz finished eighth in the pole vault by clearing 12-feet-6. Borzillieri also took eighth with his time of 11.58 seconds in the 100 dash final, while Maurino also took 12th in the triple jump by leaping 38-2.

West Seneca East, meanwhile, was led by Dominic Farszmil’s fourth-place finish of 6-1 in the high jump. Josh Glaub had the Trojans’ only other top-10 finish thanks to his time of 9:59.29 in the 3,200 that was good for sixth place.

Ray Sombratto also ran the two-mile race, placing 15th in 10:32.31.

Matt Wallace was the team’s other finalist, as he placed 11th (11:11.80) in the steeplechase.

In the preliminary round, Brandon Day placed 11th (23.76) in the 200 dash and 12th (11.65) in the 100 dash. He was also part of the 4x400 relay, along with Derek Madge, Tim Browne and Andrew Garbacz, that finished 15th in 3:42.85.

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