JAMESTOWN, N.Y. — Pam Morton has seen some great runners since her days competing for coach Ted Miller at North East High School.
But she continues to be amazed by the performances of the Clymer Lady Pirates, especially at the big meets.
"They always rise to the occasion," she said after Saturday's Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Athletic Association Track & Field Championships at Strider Field. “All the hard work they have put in is paying off. It's nice to see that reward at the end."
Mallory Deuink led another eye-opening effort by Clymer, who finished second to Frewsburg in Division 2.
Deuink, a senior who plans to play basketball at nearby Jamestown Community College, had two individual firsts and was part of the first-place 3200-meter (4x800) relay.
She won the 200-meter dash in 25.85 and the 400 in 58.24. She ran the second leg of the winning relay with sophomore Shantell Nichols, Grace VanEarden and eighth grader Holly Eliason (yes, she's an eighth grader). Morton calls the quarter her "corps four."
That winning time was 9:59.
Nichols again captured the gold in the 400-meter hurdles in 1:06.32. She ran the 800 for the first time ever Friday and set a school record with 2:22, good enough for second place.
Eliason was second in the 3000 in 11:23, VanEarden fourth in the 1500 (5:21).
Tyler Sweet missed the meet due to illness while Jeff Keith took fifth in the high jump.
Next up for Clymer is this weekend's sectional meet in Hamburg, near Orchard Park.