Hutch-Tech wanted more than just half of the championship. The Engineers wanted the whole enchilada after having their reign of dominance in the Buffalo Public Schools’ Scalp and Blade League interrupted by Olmsted’s girls team last year.
Emily Booth and Lynda Brundige helped make sure Hutch-Tech got everything it wanted this season as the Engineers’ boys and girls track and field teams swept the league titles with the boys winning their 10th in a row and the girls claiming their ninth in 10 years. Both teams went 15-0.
“These two kids were pivotal for us to beating Olmsted,” Tech coach Dave Sardo said of Brundige and Booth.
Brundige is a name folks better start getting used to, especially with the Section VI meet a mere 10 days away at Olean High School. The sophomore and first-year runner has the second-fastest time in Western New York in the 200 meters and is threatening to push into the top three leaders in the 100-meter dash.
Booth is a sophomore distance runner and solid competitor. Another solid competitor is senior Erin Mendez, whom Sardo calls an outstanding jumper and hurdler.
Key contributors to Hutch-Tech’s boys’ extending their title run include senior distance runner Stefano Agostino and classmate Jamie McQuiller, a hurdler and mid-distance runner.
The Engineers’ 400 relay looks to get some attention as the crew of Aaron Litz, Marcy Ford, Markus Hines and Amir Hunter has a 43.9-second time on its resume.
City Honors’ Julia Ziaja ranks top five in WNY in the 100 and is among the leaders in the 200 meters.
She and teammate Tyler Carpenter are among the leaders in the long jump, with Ziaja ranking fourth and Carpenter ninth. Olmsted’s Brittany Higgs is a versatile runner who can compete in the 400 through the 3,000.
For the boys, Bennett’s Alex Dildy and Olmsted’s Francis Baker are among the top 10 in times for the 100.
McKinley’s Kenyon Johnson has a 22.7 to his credit in the 200 meters.