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High School Track and Field: Lake Shore’s Hornberger challenges for state’s top spot in one-mile; Frontier records fall

Distance runner TJ Hornberger (left) and Calvin Butlak (right) pose with coach Trisha Ippolito after they competed at the state championships over the weekend.

Frontier sophomore Brooks takes second in state triple jump

Going into the state championships, Lake Shore junior TJ Hornberger was ranked 10th in the one-mile race, but running a personal-best 4:17.24 would move him all the way up to second in Saturday’s (March 2) competition at Cornell University in Ithaca.

Hornberger, who won both the 1600 and 3200 at last week’s Section VI Championships, finished behind only the 4:12.02 run by Fayetteville-Manlius’ Nick Ryan. Running what distance coach Trisha Ippolito called a smart race, Hornberger broke out of the pack in the final 400 meters and ended up outsprinting most of the field in the final 200.
TJ Hornberger took second in the 1600 meters at the state championships on March 2 with a personal-best 4:17.24. (Photo courtesy of

“He had a great kick at the end,” said Ippolito, who noted that 4:19 was Hornberger’s previous best mile during the indoor season.

Also for Lake Shore, sophomore Calvin Butlak competed in his first state indoor track and field championship meet and took 29th in the 3200, finishing in 10:10.53. Ippolito said Butlak was hoping to finish under 10 minutes but was happy to move up two spots from his original seeding time.
Lake Shore sophomore Calvin Butlak competed at the state indoor track and field competition for the first time, running the 3200 meters.

Fresh off of a pair of Section VI titles, Frontier sophomore McKayla Brooks nearly brought home another title from the state championships on Saturday.

She took second in the triple jump with a 37-foot, 9.25-inch leap, just off the winning effort of 38-00.50. Brooks also placed fourth in the long jump with a 17-07.25 after winning that event in the sectional competition. She now holds both schools records. In addition, she competed in the 55-meter dash, finishing one place off advancing to the finals, taking ninth in 7.28.

Also at the state competition, Matt McCann ran a season-best 4:33.25 in the 1600 meters and Maddy VanRemmen recorded a season-best 5:43.36 in the same race on the girls side.

Breaking Frontier school records during the season were Brenda Perrella in the shot put with a 38-foot, three-inch throw and weight throw with a 45-6; and Pat Osuch and Katelyn Buck in the 55-meter hurdles with times of 7.95 and 8.15, respectively.


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