Albion sweeps Medina/Lyndonville in key N-O track meet

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 7 May 2015 at 12:00 am

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Jalin Cooper, left, of Medina/Lyndonville races toward a win over Albion’s Jacob Squicciarini in the 100 this afternoon at Albion.

Staying in the thick of the title chase, Albion swept to a doubleheader victory over visiting Medina/Lyndonville this afternoon in a key Niagara-Orleans League track meet.

Albion downed Medina 75-66 in the boys meet and 93-47 in the girls competition as both Purple Eagle squads improve to 4-1.

Leading by a narrow 70-66 margin, the Albion boys claimed the victory by scoring a narrow wn in the day’s final event, the 1600 relay, as the quartet of Hayden Pecoraro, Nick Reed, Lamar Chambers and Jacob Squicciarini teamed up for a winning time of 3:40.3.

“It was close,” said Albion Coach Wayne Wadhams of the decisive final relay. “The kids were really focused today. They really stepped up.”

Albion’s Aaron Chen leads Medina/Lyndonville’s Daniel Heil in the 3200 relay.

Aaron Chen was a double winner in the 800 (2:14) and 1600 (5:10.2) for Albion as was Manwell Taylor in the long jump (17 2 1/4) and triple jump (37-10).

The Purple Eagles also had Chambers win the 400 hurdles (1:02.3) and Tyler Nashburn the shot-put (37-8).

Medina/Lyndonville’s Matt Cochrane works toward a win in the high jump.

Chambers and Squicciarini also teamed up with Tom Mattison and Cody Osborne to win the 400 relay (:50.7).

The Purple Eagles also took the 3200 relay in 9:21.7 with the foursome of Brad Sanford, Chen, Chase Vasquez and Reed.

Medina/Lyndonville had a trio of individual event double winners as Jalin Cooper took the 100 (:11.4) and 200 (:23.3), Matt Cochrane the 400 (:54.5) and high jump (5-8) and Chase Pecoraro the 100 hurdles (:17.4) and pole vault (9-0).

The Mustangs also had Austin Heil win the 3200 (11:02) and Zach Harris the discus (89-4).

Medina/Lyndonville is now 3-2.

Albion’s Mariah Elsenheimer, right, leads her teammate Chanyce Powell to the finish line in the 100.

Mariah Elsenheimer doubled in the 100 (:13.0) and 200 (:27.9) and Mahogany Taylor in the high jump (4-8) and triple jump (32-4) to lead the Albion girls squad.

The Purple Eagles also had Aleah Foos win the 100 hurdles (:16.6), Sarah Metzler the shot-put (29-1), Adryan Cheeseboro the discus (77-7), Chanyce Powell the long jump (14-11) and Karisa Stark the pole vault (7-0).

Elsenheimer, Stark, Powell and Emily Blanchard also teamed up to win the 400 relay (:53.5).

Holly Heil doubled in the 400 (1:01.7) and 800 (2:38) and Martha Gardner in the 1500 (5:18) and 3000 (11:29) for Medina/Lyndonville which also had Chelsea Donley win the 400 hurdles (1:05.6).

Medina/Lyndonville is now 1-4.

Albion’s Meredith Patterson and Medina/Lyndonville’s Martha Gardner race in close quarters in the 3200 relay.