Nielson and Marracco are double winners
Nielson was victorious in the 800- (2:10.2) and 1600- (4:54.8) meter run.
Marracco was the fastest athlete on the track as he captured the 100- (12.0) and 200- (24.9) meter dashes.
Eighth-graders Isaiah Utley and Lucas Brawdy also performed well in the first varsity meet. Utley took third place in the 800- and 1600-meter runs, while Brawdy placed third in the 400-meter dash.
Senior Marcus Hoffman, one of the top pole vaulters in Western New York, did not participate due to a recent injury. The thinclads held their own on the track, but gave up significant points in the field events, which allowed Falconer to escape with a victory.
On the girls' side, Gowanda had five first-place winners against Falconer, but like the boys, struggled to find points away from the track and lost 85-47.
Sophomore Lauren Wing won the 100-meter hurdle event with a time of 17.2. Freshman Colleen Steward was the first of several runners to cross the finish line in the 1500-meter run (5:09.3), while Junior Taylor Kickbush easily outdistanced all three runners from Falconer in the 400-meter dash (1:05.2). Senior Katie Stang continued her impressive performances in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of (1:11.1). Junior Hannah Brawdy was the only Panther to win a field event with a 28 foot 1 inch leap in the triple jump.
Both the boys' and girls' varsity track teams will return home on Monday, May 14 for a CCAA meet against Southwestern. The first event at Hillis Field is scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m.