Local track athletes make states

Fredonia’s Emily Brown (left) and Lydia Lanski show off the plaques they won at the Section VI Track and Field Championships.

NIAGARA FALLS — The Section VI Track and Field Championships wrapped up Saturday at Niagara Falls High School. Here are how local teams did:


Emilee Hanlon is going back to the state finals at Cicero-North Syracuse High School next weekend to defend her high jump title. This time, she will be competing in the long jump, too.

Hanlon won the Division II section title in the high jump with a leap of 5’4” on Saturday. She also took home the division title in the long jump with a leap of 16′ 7.75″.

To start off Saturday, Sierra Jacques and Julia Fred competed in the 2000 steeplechase, and Anthony Ruiz ran in the 3000 steeplechase. “They all ran very strong races and it was exciting to see them compete at that level,” Dunkirk coach Adam Woelfle said.

Dunkirk’s Issiah Velez is pictured with his plaque.

Issiah Velez then competed in the 100 final and finished in third with a time of 11.04. “It was an exciting race and an unfortunate finish just getting caught at the end, but it was a fantastic season for him and he is very happy with the achievement,” Woelfle said.

In the girls 400 run Jericha Petrella also found herself taking home a third place patch after running a 59.71. In the girls 200, Hanlon took home third as well, running a 25.89.

For the relays the boys 4×8 of Andre Lockett, Efrain Santiago, Ethan Yannie, and Ruiz ran a 8:53.94 to take 11th, moving up from the 16th place seed. And in the girls 4×1 Octavia Porter, Jessica Beehler, Petrella, and Hanlon took fourth in 51.10.

“We took home lots of patches in the track events in a very competitive field. All those athletes should be very proud of their success this season,” Woelfle stated. “Today’s weather was a bit more friendly than Friday’s, and athletes had pretty good results because of it.

“I’m sad for those whose season is now over, but happy to have been able to spend this time with them,” he concluded. “At the end of the meet, seniors Velez, Fred, Lockett, and Hanlon participated in the annual senior lap for one more trip around the oval.”

Dunkirk’s Jericha Petrella poses for a picture.


The Lady Hillbillies are sending two athletes to states: Lydia Lanski and Emily Brown.

Lanski won Saturday’s 100 hurdles in 15.27, beating out the second-place competitor by .01 seconds. Brown was second in the 2000 steeplechase in 7:07.75, losing by just .03 seconds.

Lauren Kluck competed Saturday in the shot put, finishing in 10th place with a season-best throw of 32’7″.