BOLIVAR, N.Y. - The Eisenhower boys track & field team had three first-place finishes during a second-place finish at the Twin Tiers Invitational held Friday at Bolivar-Richburg High School in Bolivar, N.Y. The meet was hosted by Oswayo Valley.
Jake VanHouten was responsible for two of those three victories, setting a meet record in the 300 hurdles and missing out on the school record for the event by just two-tenths of a second. VanHouten finished the event in 40.93. Later, he added a victory in the triple jump by clearing 40 feet.
The team's third victory on the night came from Andrew Onoratti in the high jump. Onoratti cleared five feet, six inches to best all other competition and give the Knights another victory.
Placewinners were awarded all the way out to eighth place, but the Knights boasted a great deal of second and third-place finishes on Friday.
Matt Eernisse was involved in three runner-up finishes, placing second individually in the 100 and 200 as well as in the 4X400 relay with Ben Perkins, VanHouten and Onoratti. VanHouten placed second in the long jump and Ike's 4X100 relay team of John Pascuzzi, Josh Eernisse, Tim Lange and Andy Decker was second with a personal-best time of 48.3 seconds. Onoratti added a third in the triple jump.
According to assistant coach Ryan Hoffman, Anthony Amroski qualified for districts in both the 1600 and 3200, Pascuzzi ran a personal best in the 100 (12.09), Devin VanGuilder placed seventh while competing in the 800 for the very first time and Cody McMillen ran a personal best during a seventh-place run in the 3200.
"As a coach, all we ask for each meet is to bring a time down a second or a distance up an inch and today all the kids did that," said Hoffman. "The kids are performing extremely well and I'm confident we are peaking at the right time heading into districts."
The Eisenhower girls were also in action on Friday and had quite a bit of success in their own right. The Lady Knights finished third overall and had placewinners up and down the lineup.
While none of the Eisenhower girls finished first in any event, there were still plenty of top-five finishes to boast. The top finisher on the evening was 300-hurdler Apprille Seamens who raced to a runner-up finish with a district qualifying time of 51.53 seconds. Seamens would add a pair of third-place finishes in the meet, placing third in the pole vault as well as with the 4X400 relay team of herself, Taylor Talasky, Emily McJunkin and Tara Sleeman.
Other third-place finishers for the Knights were Lacey Stanko in the 200 and the 4X100 relay squad of Talasky, Holly Chapman, Sleeman and McJunkin.
Distance runner Julia Bauer had a strong showing on Friday, finishing fourth in three events. Individually, Bauer was fourth in both the 800 and 1600 and also placed there with the 4X800 relay team of herself, Kate Daugharthy, Stanko and Bizz Baran. Other fourth-place finishers were Talasky in the 200 and McJunkin in the high jump.
Rounding out Ike's top five finishers on Friday were Sidney Wallin (5th, 110 hurdles), Jackie Talasky (5th, shot) and Ashley Gruber (5th, discus).
"I think competing in the meet on Wednesday really helped prepare us for today," said Ike girls track coach Mike Logue. "I feel like we're getting our track legs underneath us. Apprille Seamens had a tremendous day today and Julia Bauer just missed out on qualifying for districts in the 800 and 1600. I feel she'll be able to qualify in those events shortly."
The Knights visit Youngsville Monday.