Weekly Feature

2010-06-17 / Sports

West boys track finishes strong at sectionals

The West Seneca West varsity boys outdoor track and field did not send anyone to the state meet but finished the year with many great performances in Division I at the Section VI Championships on June 4 and 5 at Hamburg High School.

The highlight of the meet was the 4x800-meter relay, which broke their own school record by 15 seconds in a time of 8 minutes, 6.37 seconds, to finish second overall to Clarence.

Coach Brian Kader said Brendan Gregg led off in a personal best split of 2:02.3. Gregg handed off to Tony George, who was behind by 20 meters and tracked down the Clarence runner to take a 10-meter lead. He gave it to Joe O’Mara, who battled the entire third leg with Clarence on his way to a personal best split of 2:03.8. Kalen Sullivan took the baton as the anchor and was about 10 meters behind as Clarence anchored the 800 champion Michael Ballow, but could never close the gap.

Gregg ran a personal-best time of 9:43.20 in the 3200 to place second. The next morning, Gregg ran the 3000 steeplechase and took third.

In the 800, senior Anthony George finished in third in a season best 1:58.07. Sullivan placed fourth in a personal best 1:58.16.

“He ran his best race of the season by far,” said Kader. “He ran perfectly and with 120 meters to go, looked like he would take the lead but the other front runners had a little left in the tank as well and held him off.”

The 800 race was close. Kader said there was only .84 second difference between the first and fourth place finishers.

Kader said Sullivan will be ranked as the top 800 runner in Division I next year.

George also placed third in the 1600 in 4:28.21.

“He ran a much smarter race than in the 800 but it wasn’t enough,” said Kader.

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