Stars show up big at NFL championships

Two senior boys and two sophomore girls starred this week as Lockport put on a typically-dominant show at the Niagara Frontier League Track & Field Championships, which were held Wednesday and Thursday at Lewiston-Porter High School.

Jalyn Jones and Malik Brooks bolted their way to five combined wins on the boys side, while Kahniya James and Sydney Nowicki split dash and distance duties to pick up seven more wins for the girls.

Brooks, headed to Division I Monmouth football next season, went 4 for 4 in his final NFL meet, winning the 200- and 400-meter dashes (21.97 and 49.02) and running victorious legs on the 4x100 (43.03) and 4x400 (3:31.11) relays for the Lions.

Jones was 3 for 4, finishing second only to Brooks in the 200. He won the 100 (11.28) and also ran the winning relays, where he and Brooks were joined by Collin Thompson and Anthony Haak (4x100), and Thompson and Tranx Caubang (4x400).

Another senior, Devon Toland, had Lockport's other two wins on the boys' side, setting personal records in the shot put (47 feet, 3/4 of an inch) and discus (142 feet, 6 inches).

Meanwhile, James and Nowicki nearly swept the girls' individual running events, taking five of six. James won the 100 (12.29) and 200 (25.96) while Nowicki took the 800 (2:23.00), 1,500 (4:55.88) and 3,000 (10:58.04).

James also ran both of the Lady Lions' relay wins, the 4x100 (50.03) and 4x400 (4:14.21). Nowicki joined her on the latter, as did Alyssa Scheib and Aaliyah Lee. Lee, Scheib and Jasmine White rounded out the 4x100.

One more Lockport sophomore, Skylar Pointer, added a win in the shot put with a personal-record 34 feet, 6 inches.






The Niagara Wheatfield girls also impressed, picking up eight wins.

Detroit-bound senior Le'Gary Jackson starred on track and field, winning the 400 (59.71), high jump (4-10) and long jump (16-5 1/2). Fellow seniors May Liu and Destiny Osby picked up wins in the discus (87-8) and pole vault (8-6), respectively, while junior Mackenzie Patterson took the 400 hurdles with a personal-record 1:08.21.

Lastly, the team of Victoria Achtziger-Hughes, Madelyn Fike, Sara Mueller and Danielle Carlson took the 4x800 at 10:24.81.

Standout Lewiston-Porter senior Andrew Perreault dominated the boys' distance events, winning the 1,600 (PR 4:32.16), 3,200 (9:43.82) and 3,000 steeplechase (10:03.20) while joining Cole Accetta, Miguel Bautista and Corey Stack to take the 4x800 relay (8:15.78).

The Lady Lancers also got a win, with junior Sophie Lindamer setting a personal-record in the pentathlon with a score of 2,445. She won the high jump, shot put, hurdles and 800 and placed second in the long jump.

Grand Island's Laura Schultz and Sebastian Melendez were also double winners. Schultz, a senior, won the girls' 100 hurdles (16.88) and triple jump (PR 34-3 3/4). Melendez, a junior, took the boys' 800 (2:00.91) and 400 hurdles (PR 56.20).

GI senior Nicholas Carey also won the boys' pentathlon with a personal-record 2,706. Carey won the long jump, high jump, shot put and 1,500 and finished second in hurdles. 

Niagara Falls' Jonathan Litten and North Tonawanda's Jaivante Baldon rounded out the local winners. Litten won the boys' triple jump (PR 43-4) while Baldon took the boys' long jump (PR 20-10 1/2).

Other winners were: Kenmore West's Mark Marrelli (boys' 110 hurdles, 15.80) and Laura Cohn (girls' 2,000 steeplechase, 7:59.59); and Ken East boys Nick Coburn (high jump, 6-2) and Chris Kaszynski (pole vault, 13-6).

Up next is the Section VI Outdoor Track & Field State Qualifiers, which are scheduled for May 31 and June 1 at Williamsville South.