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High School Track and Field: Lake Shore athletes enjoy fine season, show promise ahead

Lake Shore wrapped up another solid season this year with multiple athletes qualifying for ECIC, Section VI and New York State Championships.

Among the jumpers, Makayla Arcara, Kaylie Barnes, Tyler Becker and Chad Wilke all qualified for sectionals. Wilke and Becker both reached new personal records with Becker jumping over 20 feet in the long jump and Wilke jumping over 40 feet for the first time in the triple jump.

Pole vaulters Madison Bates and Chris Beckley also participated at sectionals with Bates clearing eight-feet, six-inches and Beckley clearing 11-6. Both Bates and Beckley are freshmen and have many great years of vaulting ahead of them.

Distance runners Josh Wheeler, Ian Yargeau, Calvin Butlak and Natalie Cummings also performed well, each earning patches in the one and two mile runs and the steeple chase. Cummings is only in eighth grader and has a personal record of 7:41 in the steeple placing her as one of the runners to watch next year and in the future. Team captain and class valedictorian, Kade McGarrity, qualified for sectionals in the 110 hurdles and made the finals, as well.

Junior T.J. Hornberger, also a captain, qualified for states once again this year in the two-mile run where he ran a 9:03, which is now a new Section VI record. Hornberger placed fourth overall and took fifth in Federations, before competing nationally in North Carolina over the weekend. Hornberger looks to challenge for a state title in cross country, indoor and outdoor track next year as a senior.

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2013-06-21 | 14:16:00
Good Luck Jaws!
Good luck to you this season Jaws. Wally is up there in Heaven watching down on every game, and I am sure you will make him proud. He truly loved to coach and loved coaching and telling me about his great group of young men that would be taking the field this year and all the years past. Thank you to Mr. Petro for this article, it captured really what my father has been for so many kids and adults in baseball and softball in WNY. He will be missed but is in a better place, waiting on all of us who place our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, to arrive. RIP Dad. God bless. Aaron J. Seres
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