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Defending N-O champion Albion boys track team returns a large veteran nucleus

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 13 April 2020 at 8:54 am

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Albion hurdlers Anthony Freeman, left, and Dom Burton sprint toward the finish line during a 2019 meet.

The defending Niagara-Orleans League champion Albion boys track team is anchored by a large contingent of All-League meet place finishers.

Junior Chris Shabazz, who won the N-O Pentathlon title, senior Chase Carleton who took top honors in the pole vault and Nick Perry who earned the Discus title,  head that veteran contingent.

Junior Alex Zaczek also placed third in the pole vault while in the distance events sophomore Reuben Rivers took fifth in the 3200.

In the Hurdles, senior Dom Burton placed third in both the 110 and 400 and junior Anthony Freeman fourth in the 400.

In the jumps, senior Kevin Hillman took third in the Triple Jump and fifth in the Long Jump.

In the sprint events, sophomore Ozzie Matos placed second in the 400. The Purple Eagles also return senior Bril Johnson who was injured part of last season.

“We’ve got a real good group with good experience in most every event,” said Coach Mark Hryvniak whose Purple Eagles went 6-0 in N-O competition last spring. “The boys are excited to compete. They are raring to go.”

A key graduation loss for the Purple Eagles was Tre Yaskulski who was a triple winner at the All-League meet in the 110 Hurdles, Long Jump ad Triple Jump.

The Albion girls squad, which went 2-4 in N-O competition, returns a good nucleus including in the sprints junior Claire Squicciari and sophomore Abby Scanlan; in the throws senior Ashlyn LeBaron (3rd in Discus, 4th in Shotput) and junior Logan Conlon (4th in Discus); in jumps junior Honesty Little (4th in the Long Jump), in the distance events junior Alanna Holman and sophomore Bri Haines who won the Pole Vault.

Like all other teams the Purple Eagles are waiting for schools, which are currently closed due to the coronavirus concern, to reopen so the schedule can begin.

Albion’s Bri Haines soars to a win in the pole vault in 2019.