Marissa Saenger, a 16-year-old Clarence junior, set a Section VI record for the 3,000-meter run Saturday in winning the Championship Division of the event at the 31st annual Yale Classic at Coxe Cage in New Haven, Conn.

Saenger’s winning time was 9 minutes, 51.92 seconds to break the sectional record of 10:06 by Anne Dobrowolski in 1981.

It was the first time Saenger had run the distance in competition this winter after she finished 25th among 40 runners in the Foot Locker National Cross Country Championships in San Diego last month.

“She had a couple of weeks off after the Foot Locker extended her cross-country season by four weeks. She got back in training on Dec. 29 at Fredonia and ran the 1,500 at Cornell,” said Clarence coach John Hunt.

At Yale, Saenger topped a field of 17 runners from Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Long Island and the Albany area.

Several other Section VI athletes competed in the meet. Gavin DiMaria of Kenmore West finished third in the pole vault at a school-record height of 13-foot-6.

Two Iroquois school records fell. The Chiefs’ 4x200 team of Matt Ridge, Josh Schiemant, Jeremy Horn and Justin Petrocy won the small school race in 1:34.74 while Lauren Jenney won the 400 in 1:01.03.

Gregg Hart of West Seneca West set a school record with a long jump of 20-5. Katrina Patterson of Clarence finished third in one section of the 3,000 with a time of 10:40.85.

Elsewhere, the Lancaster girls finished fourth among 56 schools with 56 points in the Trent Jackson Invitational meet in Brockport.

The Redskins’ 4x200 relay of Lauren Sullivan, Ashley Grdazen, Tiffany Cycon and Allie Mazur set a Section VI record of 1:45.68. The previous mark was set in 2008 by West Seneca West (1:46.23).

Grazen, a freshman, also was second in the 55 dash (7.23) and second in the long jump (16-8½). Sullivan, a senior, was third in the 55 (7.40). Jenn Thill took second in the pole vault at 12 feet.


Renaldo Rodriguez-Spencer of Cheektowaga was named Most Outstanding Wrestler and Clarence walked away with the team title, piling up 260.5 points in the ECIC championships held at Clarence.

Rodriguez-Spencer won the 132-pound division with a fall over Brandon Glauber of Clarence in 3:26.

The Clarence team had finalists in eight of the 15 weight classes, picking up first places from Ryan Burns (106), Jake Weber (160) and Nate Ward (285) to go with five second-place finishes.

Lancaster, which finished nearly 100 points behind Clarence in the scoring with 163.5, had four first-place finishers — Steven Michel (120), Eric Lewandowski (145), Jeff Kuciel (170) and James Empfield (195).

Other individual winners were Tristan Almeter of Iroquois (99), Abdul-Fatah Alshawai of Lackawanna (113), Rocco Russo of Frontier (126), Danny Graham of West Seneca West (138), Alex Smythe of Eden (152), Anthony Liberatore of Williamsville South (182), and Steven Warthling of Tonawanda (220).

Boys basketball

St. Joe’s traveled to Rochester and lost to Aquinas, 75-69, in a nonleague game.

Jaylen Moore had 17 points and Jordan Glover 15 for the Marauders while Dylan Hall had 11 points and nine rebounds. George Graham had 20 points and Navaar Poole 19 for the Little Irish, who avenged a 68-46 loss at St. Joe’s last month.

Andrew Graham scored 18 and Ryan Robson had 14 points and eight boards as Sherman remained unbeaten in CCAA III with a 64-37 win over West Valley. The Wildcats are unbeaten in league play.

Girls basketball

Kelsey McCarthy had 14 points, Sara DiPasquale 13 and Leah McDonell 12 for Cardinal O’Hara in a 55-46 win over Cranberry Township (Pa.) in the Martin Luther King Invitational in Erie, Pa.

The Hawks, ranked No. 1 among small schools in Western New York, remained undefeated with their 12th victory of the season.