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Hornberger breaks his own sectional mark at states, Brooks places in jumps

McKyla Brooks placed second in triple jump and third in Division I high jump at states last weekend. Photo courtesy of Bill Wende/
During the final race of his high school, T.J. Hornberger made sure he’d further his legacy.

The Lake Shore senior re-broke his Section VI 1,600-meters mark during his final sprint in an Eagles uniform at the New York State Track and Field Championships in Cicero-North Syracuse on June 7.

Hornberger claimed the Section VI 800-meters record the week before at the state-qualifying meet.

On the first day of the two-day event, Hornberger placed fourth overall in the 800 with a 1:54.84.

The following day is when took the section’s one-mile mark.

He placed third overall in the 1,600, clocking in at 4:10.81 after losing the lead at the end of the race.

“He was in the lead for over three laps, he ran a great race and two other athletes passed him with 200 meters left,” said Lake Shore coach Chuck Kowalski.

Hornberger bested his time of 4:12.77 that he held in the one-mile race prior to states.

“If T.J. did not take the lead, the overall winning time would have been much slower. In my opinion, he ran with guts and heart, which proves a lot about a person.”

Ending his high school running career with a state title was definitely on the senior runner’s mind, but dropping the time on his 1,600 mard has made him more than happy with his performance.

“You could tell he was a little disappointed, but when he realized how fast his time was and that he set a fantastic record he was all smiles,” Kowalski said.

Cal Butlak, Hornberger’s teammate at Lake Shore, finished 8th overall in steeplechase. The junior clocked in at 9:36.40.

Junior Ty Becker, also from Lake Shore, set a school record in the pentathlon with 13th overall point total of 3,040.

Frontier’s 4x800 foursome finished 12th when Colton Agro, Adrian Cannon, Griffin Fitzpatrick and Markus Diehl ran a 3:26.71.

Fellow Falcon, junior Trevor Koch, took 14th place in the pole vault with a leap of 13-feet, 6-inches.

Peter Rindfuss represented Hamburg at states as a sophomore, placing 24th in the 3,200.

He finished his race with a time of 9:54.13.

McKyla Brooks placed in two events at states.

The junior’s triple jump got second. She placed third in Division I long jump.

Winning the state triple jump title as a sophomore last spring, Brooks leaped 39-feet, two-and-one-fourth-inches as a junior. She leaped 19-feet, four-and-a-half inches in the long jump.

Brooks is verbally committed to Stony Brook to participate in track and field and volleyball in the 2015-16 season.

Sydney Bova, also from Frontier, placed 12th in the 1,500-meters. She clocked in at 4:42.91.

As some athletes ended their track careers, others will continue on the next level.

Hornberger will run at Syracuse University this fall, after gaining a handful of school records, a pair of section marks and 11 trips to states in three sports.

“T.J. is a warrior on the track,” said Kowalsi. “He has two section records and six school records. Now it’s time for him to show the collegiate world what he has to offer. He is very excited to continue his career at Syracuse and see how much he can grow as a runner.”


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