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2018-06-07 / Sports

Crean leads track team with sectional sweep of sprint events

TAYLOR NIGRELLI
Sports Reporter

The Orchard Park girls track team continued an impressive season with a string of strong performances at the Section VI State Qualifier Meet at Niagara Falls High School this past weekend.

“I think we did awesome,” Orchard Park coach Gene Tundo said. “I think our girls had a great meet. There were some personal bests, some sectional records.”

Jenna Crean won the 100-, 200- and 400-meter dashes for the third year in a row in times of 11.74, 24.32 and 56.61 seconds. She was pushed in every race, but maintained her dominance in all three events.

“She showed me a lot in that meet because she was very determined to let everyone know that she is still the king of the hill,” Tundo said. “She had a look on her face that she was not going to be denied. There was some good competition there. She came through, she ran very well. She did a great job. The 100 was real close. There is a Lockport girl that had very good times in the 100 and 200. Then there was an Amherst girl that really challenged her in the 400. She wasn’t going to be denied. She had a great meet.”


Jenna Crean leads the way to the finish line in the final 100 meters of the 400-meter dash to win her heat with a time of 59.01 seconds on Friday. She came back on Saturday to win the event in 56.61 seconds. 
Photo by Jason NadolinskiPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Jenna Crean leads the way to the finish line in the final 100 meters of the 400-meter dash to win her heat with a time of 59.01 seconds on Friday. She came back on Saturday to win the event in 56.61 seconds. Photo by Jason NadolinskiPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Leah Pasqualetti was also a winner for the Lady Quakers, taking the pole vault with a clearance of 11 feet-9 inches. She will join Crean at the NYSPHSAA Championship Meet.

“Leah beat a girl that beat her twice during the year,” Tundo said. “Leah vaulted very well. She was really close to 12 feet-3 inches. She just brushed the bar a little bit. She hasn’t hit her top vault yet, but hopefully she is ready for the state meet. She also ran in the 4x400 at the end of the meet and caught like two or three girls in front of her. She ran a 57 split, that’s a good time. I think she could run the 400 and be the second-fastest in Western New York. She’s a very talented girl and led the team as a captain all year long.”

Meanwhile, Marin Bogulski took the 2,000-meter steeplechase at 7:31.14 to also punch her ticket to the state meet.

“Marin did an unbelievable job,” Tundo said. “She’s only really competed in the steeplechase I’m guessing like four or fives times. She ran tough. She’s really a great kid. She trains hard. I was really happy for her because she was running with some shin pain too, but she sucked it up.”

While she didn’t win her event, Sara Puskar will also head to the state meet after taking second in the long jump at 17 feet-5 inches.

The team nearly had another winner as the 4x100 team missed out on victory by .01 seconds, ending up taking second. Rachel Major was third in the 1500-meter run at 5:04.83 while Bogulski was eighth at 5:16.49. Major was also second in the 3,000-meter dash at 10:49.34.

Genevieve Arnold was seventh in the 100-meter hurdles at 16.04 seconds and sixth in the triple jump at 34 feet-4.5 inches. Abby Lillis was fourth in the 400-meter hurdles at 1:09.34. Kate Hennessy was third in the high jump at 5 feet-1 inch while Trinity Totaro was sixth at 4 feet-10 inches.

“All of our girls really ran well,” Tundo said. “All of our relays ran really well. It was a great meet for us. I wish they scored it. For some reason, they don’t. They score almost every other individual meet in the sectionals. I think our girls definitely could have won that. They definitely did well.”

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