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Boys’ Track: Pioneer defeats Trojans; tie Lake Shore at ECIC’s


Photo courtesy Jim Duprey
Pictured above are some of Pioneer’s patch winners at the All-ECIC Meet that the Panthers hosted on May 20-21. From left to right, front row, in the steeplechase water: Tyler Bley (second in 1,600-meter relay) and Ryan Karp (second in 1,600-meter relay and 400 intermediate hurdles; fourth in 110 high hurdles); back row, on the steeplechase rail: Walker Bekiel (second in 1,600-meter relay), Lars Craft (second in 1,600-meter relay), Trent Reifsteck (second in high jump), and Zander Terhune (fourth in triple jump).

In boys’ track action last week, Pioneer defeated host West Seneca East on May 17, 124-16, to close the ECIC III dual meet season. The Panthers finished 2-4 in ECIC III and 4-4 overall.

On May 20-21, Pioneer hosted the All-ECIC Meet. The Panthers tied Lake Shore, an ECIC III rival, for the small school title, as both the Eagles and Panthers scored 79 points. Coach Jim Duprey said that it was the first time in 26 years that the Panthers won the team title while hosting the ECIC meet.

Against West Seneca East, the Panthers won 15 events and the Trojans won two. Walker Bekiel quadrupled, as he won the 200-meter dash (23.5 seconds), 400 meters (57.3 seconds), and two relays. Walker Bekiel won the 1,600-meter relay (4:12), with Ryan Karp, Lars Craft, and Jake Wiseman) and the 3,200-meter relay (10:39), with Cooper Bekiel, Tyler Bley, and Karter Giboo. Karp tripled, as he also won the 110 high hurdles (17.3 seconds) and 400 intermediate hurdles (1:03). Zander Terhune also tripled, as he won the 100-meter dash (12.1 seconds), long jump (19 ft. 6 in.), and triple jump (38 ft. 8 in.).

Bley doubled, winning the 800 meters (2:19). CJ Hughes also doubled, as he won the 1,600 meters (5:26) and 3,200 meters (12:07). Zach Copolla won high jump (5 ft. 2 in.), Luke Fox won shot put (39 ft. 4 in.), and Dalton Giboo won pole vault (7 ft. 6 in.). 

At the All-ECIC Meet, ECIC III grabbed the top four places in small schools. After Pioneer and Lake Shore tied for first place, as the Panthers and Eagles scored 79 points each, Cheektowaga finished third after the Warriors tallied 74 points and East Aurora finished fourth, after the Blue Devils added up 66 points.

Walker Bekiel won first place overall for both large and small schools in the 400 meters (51.30 seconds) to lead the Panthers. Trent Reifsteck finished second overall in high jump (5 ft. 10 in., Karp finished second overall in the 400 intermediate hurdles (58.09 seconds), and the Panthers took second overall in the 1,600-meter relay (3:35.28), with Karp, Craft, Bley, and Walker Bekiel. Karter Giboo finished third overall in pentathlon (2,105 points), while Karp finished fourth overall in the 110 high hurdles (15.72 seconds) and Terhune finished fourth overall in triple jump (41 ft. 6 in.). All of the above received ECIC patches.

In addition, the following also received ECIC patches for small schools: Bley was second in pole vault (10 ft. 6 in.), Terhune was third in long jump (20 ft. 5 in.), Wiseman was fourth in the 400 intermediate hurdles (1:03.55), Logan Papke was fourth in discus (108 ft. 5 in.), Walker Bekiel finished sixth in the 200-meter dash (24.34 seconds), Bley finished sixth in the 800 meters (2:09.85), and Hughes finished sixth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (11:58.39).

Pioneer will be at the Section VI Class A Meet that East Aurora will host on May 26. The 9-10 Boys’ Meet will be at Iroquois on June 1. The Section VI State Qualifier Meet will be at West Seneca West on June 3-4.

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