Kelsey Krawiec lifted her younger sister off the turf at Koessler Field, bear-hugging her as the sun set behind them.
“Now we get to run it again,” Meghan Krawiec yelled when she finally got her feet back on the ground.
A few steps away, Tyshawn Stepney shouted, “Where we going?”
“NYC,” teammate Lawrence Williams responded.
The Krawiec sisters each won two individual events and bookended the meet-closing relay victory Wednesday to lead Immaculata to its fourth straight All-Catholic championship.
Stepney and Williams dedicated their performance to sprinting coach Matt Dow, whose mother died last week, and lifted St. Joe’s to its first All-Catholic title since 2005.
Individual event winners qualified for the Catholic High School Athletic Association championship meet that will be held next weekend in New York City.
But team spirit ruled the Monsignor Martin All-Catholic meet.
“This is my dream team,” Immaculata coach Charlie Planz said.
Kelsey Krawiec won the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.61 seconds and the 200 in 26.23. She also led off the 400 relay victory (52.59) and placed fourth in the shot put.
“I wanted to go out with a bang knowing this is my last meet competing here in Western New York,” the senior said. “Everything came out as I hoped.”
Meghan Krawiec, a sophomore, won the long jump (16 feet, 3½ inches) and the triple jump (36-2) and anchored the 400 relay.
Another Immaculata sophomore, Grace Attea, came from behind to win the 800 (2:25.64) and ran the anchor leg of the winning 1,600 relay team (4:20.61) as well as the 3,200 relay team that placed second.
Immaculata also got victories from Bailey Gawley in the shot put (34-0) and Maggie Gerard in the discus (93-7).
St. Joe’s benefited from having the top three finishers in the 200 and the mile and the top two in the 100 to avenge last week’s dual meet loss to St. Francis, which allowed the Red Raiders to claim the regular season Monsignor Martin championship.
Stepney won the 100 (11.26) and the 200 (22.72) and helped the Marauders win the 1,600 relay (3:27.89).
“It’s an honor to be part of a tradition like this and win a championship,” Stepney said. “It’s more than just winning, it’s every day when you come to practice and it’s like a family.”
Williams won the 400 with the fastest time in Western New York so far this season (49.56) and anchored the 1,600 relay with a 48-second split time.
“Last year, we came here and St. Francis won and they celebrated out here and I told my coaches, we’re going to win next year,” Williams said. “Going into this meet, we knew that St. Francis was a very strong team. They beat us for the league title and we had to get our revenge at All-Catholics. I told everybody on the bus, be focused, don’t get nervous and make sure you give it everything you got. Don’t leave anything in the tank.”
“He’s a team leader,” St. Joe’s head coach Matthew Hellerer said. “He’s very charismatic, he has confidence and he shares that confidence. He has the ability to stir kids up and make them believe in themselves.”
Connor Tumiel won the 800 (2:04.43) for St. Joe’s, J.D. McGuire won the mile (4:37.15) and freshman Anthony Belfatto won the 3,200 (10:11.78). Tumiel and Cordell Owens also ran on the 1,600 relay.
The Canisius foursome of Cam Fryer, Charles Hornberger, Jaelin Marong and Desmond Nicholas won the 400 relay (44.76).
St. Francis’ team of Tim Bartnik, Aaron Hayes, Adam Gargano and Isiah Utley won the 3,200 relay (8:38.17).
Chris Walter was a double winner for St. Francis in the long jump (20-2œ) and the triple jump (41-6¾). Teammate Brennan Macey won the high jump (5-8).
Canisius’ Ryan Hunter was also a double winner, taking the shot put (52-5½) and the discus (165-8).
Emma Sullivan was a double winner for Mount St. Mary, taking the 1,500 (4:58.27) and the 3,000 (10:44.86). Teammate Samantha Barry won the 400 (1:01.93). Sullivan, Barry, Hailey Rose Gattuso and Marissa Saber teamed up to win the 3,200 relay (10:16.53) for the Thunder.