Annual New York-Pennsylvania Invitational draws strong results for local athletes

WINDSOR – The Windsor Black Knights played host to this years annual Track and Field Invitational on Saturday April 16, that featured 31 different schools including local teams: Norwich, Greene, Harpursville-Afton, Bainbridge-Guilford, and Unadilla Valley.

The eventual team winners on the boys side was Binghamton high school with 87.5-points, while on the girls side, Binghamton conceded to Corning who claimed the crown with 95-points.


Norwich Track and Field saw the greatest success from the local teams on boys side of the events when they placed seventh behind Johnson City with 32-points.

The Norwich 4x100 team of David Berger, Eric Conant, Drew Walsh, and Connor Nial had high hopes for the day, but ultimately fell just short of reaching the finals when the ran a 48 second time.

However the 4x800 relay team of Noah Bufalini, Ben Ericksen, Gabe Gawronski, and Ethan Lestico somewhat avenged the shortcoming when they earned a sixth place finish in the finals with a time of 8:46.54.

Gawronski turned right around and ran another impressive 800 meters, this time alone, and found himself medaling at second place overall in the 800 meters with a time of 2:07.84.

While Gawronski's running mate Ben Ericksen chased down the sixth place finish in the 3200 meter run with a time of 10:30.56.

The 4x400 relay also saw Norwich claim twelfth place finish when Gabe Gawronski, Noah Bufalini, Scott Tomanocy, and Ethan Lestico ran a 5:55.60.

Norwich's Eric Conant and Jordan Vinal failed to crack the top ten in the Long Jump but still managed a nice outing for the invitational when they jumped 18'01”, and 17'05” respectively.

Vinal did however jump into the ninth place spot for Triple Jump with his 38'08.50” jump.

It was the Norwich throwers Thomas Reilly and David Bernstein who impressed many on the day when Reilly came away with a first place in the Shot Put, followed by Bernstein in fourth place. Reilly threw a 50'03” throw to claim that spot while Bernstein wasn’t too far behind with a throw of 44'07.75".

It was Bernstein who edged Reilly in the Discus, placing first with his impressive throw of 145'06”, while Reilly managed an eighth place finish with a throw of 123'08”.

The Norwich girls managed a nineteenth place finish overall in team standings as they had a nice outing, but only managed seven points as a team.

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