Niagara Gazette

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November 9, 2012

Starpoint runners highlight local runners at state meet

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Niagara Gazette — Lasher also feels good about Prohaska’s chances. The senior is ranked 66th in the state after finishing sixth in sectionals. He finished 196th in last year’s states.

“It wasn’t his best race last year, but we’re feeling he’s going to move way up on that number this year,” Lasher said. “He’s a very strong, very powerful runner and this course lends itself to the stronger runners because it’s pretty challenging. His training has been great this week so we feel pretty good about his chances to do very well.”

Joining the Starpoint trio will be Niagara-Wheatfield’s Jack Jibb, as well as Lockport’s quintet of Dan Jones, Matt Kaczmarek, Mitch Lioacano, Hannah Kurbs and Ally Lang.

Jibb, a sophomore, will be making his debut in state competition.

“He’s ranked something like 125th in Class A, but I think he can move up a little bit above that,” NW coach Dick Bartha said. “He’s just starting to develop. I think he’ll improve with this race, but the big jump will be seeing what he can do next year with more training.”

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