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Brooks joined by Bova, Koch as Frontier state qualifiers

Hornberger, Becker, Rindfuss also to states

Frontier will be sending three athletes to the State Championships this winter indoor track and field season. While junior McKyla Brooks returns for the long and triple jumps, she’ll be joined by teammates Sydney Bova in the 1500 meters and Trevor Koch in the pole vault, after the results of the Section VI Championships on Feb. 21 at Fredonia State College.

Brooks won the long jump with an effort of 19-feet, 2-inches and the triple jump in 40-2. Bova, a senior, ran a sectional-best 4:59.89 in the 1,500, while Koch took second in the pole vault with a 13-0. Also, Frontier’s 2x200 of Colton Agro, Devon Hall, Markus Diehl and Koch finished second (1:40.82).

Another very familiar face will be back to states as Lake Shore senior TJ Hornberger returns after winning the 1,000 and 1,600 meters at sectionals. He’ll be joined by Ty Becker in the long jump. Coming off a state championship during the cross country season, Hornberger ran a sectional-best 2:33.32 in the 1,000 and 4:26.94 in the 1,600. Bwecker, a senior, leaped a 6-1, good for second in the long jump.

Hamburg saved its best for the final meet, led by sophomore Pete Rindfuss. He put forth a state-meet qualifying effort in the 1600 meters with a third-place finish and personal best4:35.64. Rindfuss earned a spot on the Intersectional distance medley relay.

In addition, the boys 4x400 relay of Sheryel Santiago, Christian Kostowniak, Aaron Wojnicki and Connor Smail recorded its best time of the year in 4:03.1; The Bulldogs 4x200 relay of Jeremy Herrington, Jesse Stevens, Tyler Carlson and Noah Conn had a strong effort in their first time running together. Jake Wojnicki, nursing a sore foot, ran to seventh in the 3,200.

The girls garnered a number of bests and patches. Captain Leah Covelli was fourth in the triple jump with a best by a foot at 34-11.5; she also had a best in the long jump at 15-7. Co-captain Renee Meinhold had strong efforts in both the hurdles and the triple jump, which was a personal best.

The 4-by-800 relay of Molly Kabza, Olivia Luthringer, Madeline Maurer and Hannah Fredriksen finished fourth with a best of 10:37.96. Cassie Tabor had a personal best in the racewalk and finished fifth; Jess Tender was just off her best in the same event. Meghan Hagerty and Taylor Thurnherr both notched personal bests in pole vault at 8-6. Samantha Ruszczyk, Gabrielle LaRosa, Kabza and Maurer went to the finals in the 4x400. Luthringer subbed for Kabza in the finals where the team finished sixth. All of them notched bests. Meinhold and Ruszczek also had bests in the 55 hurdles.

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