Iroquois was the big winner at the Pioneer Invitational track and field meet on Saturday at Pioneer High School.
The Chiefs’ boys team finished well ahead of the competition with 123 points. Canisius was second with 71 points, followed by Williamsville South and Pioneer.
Iroquois’ winners included Jeremy Horn in both the 100-meter dash (11.71) and 200-meter dash (23.10). Ryan Loops won the pole vault (11 feet) and the 800-meter run (2:05.01).
The Chiefs dominated the relays, taking the 4x800, 4x400 and 4x100 events. In addition, Justin Petrocy took the 400-meter dash (51.6).
It was more of the same in the girls’ competition. Iroquois finished with 107 points, just ahead of Springville at 102. Williamsville North was third.
Iroquois’ athletes won three different events. Camille Wutz took the long jump at 15-10. Madison Roberts captured the pole vault title at 9-6. Iroquois also took the 4x100 relay, as Roberts, Brooke D’Arcy, Paige Merrifield and Shannon Rogers combined for a time of 53.07. The Chiefs piled up enough points in other events to pull out the team triumph.
Meanwhile, Sweet Home won both the girls and boys competitions at the Panthers Relays.
In girls events, Sweet Home finished with 95 points for a convincing win over Cheektowaga (66) and Amherst (45).
Lexi Odom, Naralyn Trueheart and Sadira Brown of Sweet Home combined to jump 67 feet, 11½ inches in the long/triple relay for a meet record. The Panthers also took titles in the 4x200, 4x800 and high jump.
On the boys’ side, Sweet Home edged Cheektowaga, 76-70.5. The Panthers set meet records in the 110 hurdles, 4x200 and 4x100. Lancaster’s Brandon Sicurella and Tony deYoung teamed up to set a meet record in the discus.
Williamsville South finished what coach Rick Hopkins called “Williamsville Week” with an 8-4 win over Williamsville East. The Billies finished a stretch of playing three games in six days against other Williamsville schools.
“Going 2-1 against our archrivals is pretty good,” Hopkins said. “These teams know each other quite well from travel lacrosse, and some of them play ice hockey together. You wish your rivalry games were spread out a bit more.”
Williamsville South had lost to East in four overtimes Monday, so the team was happy to rebound less than a week later. Alyssa Ferenczy had four goals for the Billies while Cassandra Hopkins had two goals and an assist.
“We’re both battling for the fourth seed in the playoffs,” said Hopkins about his team (5-5, 4-4). “It would be nice to have a home game at playoff time. It was a quality win.”
Elsewhere, Frontier needed triple overtime to put away Lockport, 7-6. The Falcons fell behind by a 5-2 count with only three minutes left.
“We adjusted something on the draw, and right off the bat we were fine,” coach Tim Nyslinski of Frontier said. “The last goal was my favorite. Grace Christeiansen won the draw and went all the way in to score.”
The deciding goal came with about 1:30 left. Hannah Lease drove to the net to get the winner.
The John Bennett Regatta will take place at the West Side Rowing Club today. A total of 25 youth rowing programs from New York, Ontario and Pennsylvania will take part in the event, the largest in the WSRC’s history. Time trials start at 9 a.m., finals run from 1 to 5 p.m.