They are the champions. Batavia, behind three individual champions last week at the Upstate Eight Conference championship in Elgin, captured the River Division over archrival Geneva, 102-96.5 points. Ryan Wieties’ time of one minute and 56.75 seconds in the 800 enabled the senior to add an outdoor title to his indoor crown. Chris Orlow won the 1,600 in 4:25.29 and Peyton Piron lowered his time in the 300 hurdles to 39.87 to claim a third title for Batavia.
Superior duel. But Geneva did have a major consolation prize from senior Tim Roels. In a classic rematch against East Aurora senior Desmond Grant, who bested Roels twice at Oswego last month by hundredths of a second, Roels won both the 100 and 200 sprint titles in times of 10.91 and 20.97. Jason D’Amico also denied Waubonsie Valley senior Jon Harris a sweep of the throws with a winning 50 feet, 11 inches in the shot put.
East Aurora ninth. Gant was less than a tenth of a second away from winning both sprint titles. The Minnesota football recruit lost the titles to Roels by a combined eight one-hundredths of a second with runner-up finishes in 10.98 and 21.98. Gant also anchored the Tomcats’ second-place 800 relay. East finished in ninth place with 31 points.