FALCONER — The Southwestern boys have had a history of team success as evidenced by them winning their fifth straight Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Athletic Association Division 1 track & field title earlier this week.
Not coincidentally, the Trojans are pretty good individually, too.
Seniors Trenton Shutters and Dontae Hoose claimed victories in the 800 meters and the discus, respectively, on the first day of the CCAA Championships at Bill Race Field on the campus of Falconer Central School.
Shutters posted a winning time of 1:57.27 to just hold off Randolph’s Roan Kelly (1:57.52), while Hoose tossed the discus 125 feet, 2 inches to win by a comfortable margin over Kevin Edwards-Hardy of Allegany-Limestone (111-0).
Those efforts were just two of a handful of fine performances by the area’s best last evening.
Other winners among the boys were Kelly in the 3,200 meters, Devin Austin of Falconer/Cassadaga Valley in the long jump and Sam Eimiller of Maple Grove in the high jump.
Kelly posted a school-record time of 9:38.92 to nip Jacob Brink of Allegany-Limestone (9:39.71) in the 3,200 meters; Austin recorded a leap of 21-4.5 in the long jump, just ahead of Southwestern’s Michael Butterfield (21-3.75); and Eimiller’s 5-10 high jump eclipsed Austin and Gerald Carris of Clymer/Sherman/Panama on fewer misses.
In the five girls’ events, five different schools were represented.
Abby Brunenavs of Maple Grove won the 800 meters; Angelina Napoleon of Allegany-Limestone was victorious in the 3,000 meters; Ella Eckstrom of Falconer/Cassdaga Valley placed first in the triple jump; Tarryn Herman of Franklinville captured the shot; and Corinne Inkley of Randolph won the pole vault.
Brunenavs’ time of 2:25.44 in the 800 meters was more than nine seconds better than second-place Sydney Smith of Randolph (2:34.84); Napoleon set a brisk pace in the 3,000 meters with a time of 9:45.46, as Southwestern’s Emma Lewis (10:39.68) finished second; Eckstrom’s leap in the triple jump (32-11) was 5 inches better than Frewsburg’s Gracie Conlan (32-6); Herman’s best shot put attempt (32-6) bettered that of Falconer/Cassadaga Valley’s Autumn Lynn (30-10); and Inkley’s top effort in the pole vault was 9-0 to hold off teammates Eve Adams (8-9) and Willow Rader (8-6).
The CCAA Championships continue today with finals scheduled in 26 events. They begin at 10 a.m.
800m: Trenton Shutters (Southwestern), Roan Kelly (Randolph), Alex Reynolds (Falconer), Elias Quintero (Chautauqua Lake), Joe Krenzer (Falconer). T–1:57.27
3,200m: Roan Kelly (Randolph), Jacob Brink (Allegany-Limestone), Ethan Luce (Southwestern), Nate Lewis (Southwestern), Joe Krenzer (Falconer/Cassadaga Valley). T–9:38.92
Long jump: Devin Austin (Falconer/Cassdaga Valley), Michael Butterfield (Southwestern), David Speagle (Chautauqua Lake), Damion Bish (Allegany-Limestone), Josh Bush (Randolph). T–21-4.5
Discus: Dontae Hoose (Southwestern), Kevin Edwards-Hardy (Allegany-Limestone), Will Hoden (Southwestern), Wayne Swogger (Chautauqua Lake), Dominic Breton (Franklinville). T–125-2
High jump: Sam Eimiller (Maple Grove), Devin Austin (Falconer/Cassadaga Valley), Gerald Carris (Clymer/Sherman/Panama), Bryan Randolph (Portville), Joanh Foley (Maple Grove), Maddox Bush (Franklinville). H–5-10
800m: Abby Brunenavs (Maple Grove), Sydney Smith (Randolph), Ashlyn Collins (Allegany-Limestone), Alyssa Williams (Franklinville), Siera Porpiglia (Dunkirk). T–2:25.44
3,000m: Angelina Napoleon (Allegany-Limestone), Emma Lewis (Southwestern), Lucy Brown (Southwestern), Olivia Harmony (West Valley), Lilianna Peters (Allegany-Limestone). T–11:52.77
Triple jump: Ella Eckstrom (Falconer/Cassadaga Valley), Gracie Conlan (Frewsburg), Emma Foley (Maple Grove), Julia LeBarron (Fredonia), Abby Roth (Fredonia). D–32-11
Shot put: Tarryn Herman (Franklinville), Autumn Lynn (Falconer/Cassadaga Valley), Jillian Rea (Salamanca), Madigan Collver (Frewsburg), Elizabeth Price (Franklinville). D–32-6
Pole vault: Corinne Inkley (Randolph), Eve Adams (Randolph), Willow Rader (Randolph), Emily Cardinale (Jamestown), Olivia Dean (Portville). H–9-0