Jess Wojkowiak takes first place for S-GI cross-country
Taking first place out of 120 varsity runners was S-GI’s Jess Wojkowiak, who won the race by almost 20 seconds faster than the second place runner.
Springville’s Elle Russell was the fastest seventh grader in the field, posting one of her best times of the year, according to Coach Chad Russell.
“I am very impressed with these results, after almost winning the division for a second year in a row last year in the smaller school [Erie County Interscholastic Conference] division 4,” Russell said. “But, now that we are in ECICs division 3, the level of competition has bumped up, quite a bit.”
Leading the boys was Mitchell Bunic, who posted his fastest time at the course. The athlete finished with just one shoe, as his other shoe had been stepped on by another runner earlier in the race and fallen off.Russell also credited Tyler Olrogg for his performance, in finishing as the third fastest ninth grader in the field.
Both teams took part in a three-team meet that included Pioneer and East Aurora. The boys and girls team took away victories from Pioneer, as the girls won 15 – 50. Taking first place, with a time of 21:52, was Wojkowiak. The Springville boys won 21 – 41. Bunic finished second overall, with a time of 18:25.
“The boys have had quite a rally to take Iroquois by surprise and Pioneer by surprise this year, to have two wins,” Russell said. “The boys team will lose only one of their top 11 boys next year, due to graduation.”
Both teams lost against East Aurora, but, in that defeat, Wojkowiak “impressed,” according to Russell, and finished third, just seconds off the leader. The East Aurora girls have presented late-winning stats for the past five years.
Russell took a group to compete at Eden on Saturday, Oct. 20.