Peter Rindfuss (left) and Amy Villarini will represent Hamburg at states this weekend in Cicero-North Syracuse. Photo courtesy of Joe Rindfuss.
Just four years ago, a young McKyla Brooks wanted nothing to do with the state meet.
The eighth grade varsity standout made the mark in the triple jump. But she would rather stick around for the activities to go on that day in school.
“Her first year she was in triple jump as a eighth grader and we had to talk her into going because she wanted to go to Class Day said Frontier coach James Zubler. “We had a senior jumper that year who had to talk her into going and tell her it’s a big deal.”
Four years ago was such a long time ago Brooks now. Frontier’s junior jumper was crowned state champion in the triple jump this time last season, while also placing in long jump.
The defending champion can now etch her name in the record books after her leap of 39-feet, 3-inches at the Section VI Championships at Olean High School earned Brooks the new Section VI mark during the event on May 30-31.
“This whole season I haven’t been doing well so it came out of nowhere, honestly,” said Brooks, a verbal commit to Stony Brook for track and volleyball in 2015.“Last week was the first time I jumped really good.”
Brooks will also compete in the long jump at the state meet, which is in Cicero-North Syracuse on June 6-7.
The inclement weather has played its part in itself one too many track meets this season, holding back some of the talents that the athletes may have been able to display.
“We haven’t had any chances to see her in decent weather until last week…and she broke the section record,” noted coach.
But whatever the weather will be this upcoming weekend at states, Brooks still carry the same goals with her no matter the forecast.
“For her, it’s to get additional state championships,” said Zubler. “Every year that’s one of her things because she has that chance to win one or both, depending on what kind of day she has because of this weather.
The eight athletes headed into the state meet is Frontier’s largest group ever. The group includes three girls.
Another Section VI champion in Sydney Bova, the section champion in the 1,500, will join Brooks at states.
Rebecca Stiefler was the runner-up in discus but still his the state’s standard mark with her throw. She is in the top four throwers in the state.
“It’s a great group of kids and the largest group we’ve to states,” said Zubler “They really had a great weekend in Olean.”
At Hamburg, Amy Villarini won the 400 with a time of 58.03 to break her own school record. She also placed second in the 200.
Samantha Ruszczyk just missed her own school mark in the 400-hurdles.
Katie Villarini, Molly Kabza, Olivia Luthringer and Madeline Maurer came in third in the 4x800 relay.
Amy and Katy Villarini joined Jessie Smith, Ruszczyk in the 4x400 relay, taking fourth, as well.
Taylor Thurnherr leaped 10-feet for a personal personal in the pole vault. Meghan Hagerty tied her personal best with a jump of 9-feet, 6-inches.
Katie Villarini and Kabza also ran personal bests in open 800, while Erin Cuddihy placed fourth with a personal best time in the steeplechase.
At Lake Shore, freshman Natalie Cummings has been clocking in inside the 7:25-range, seconds off from the school mark.
“From the beginning of the season I’ve just gotten my times faster,” she said. “My teammates helped me and pushed me to get this time.”