YOUNGSTOWN — The Lockport Lions track & field team has been roaring all season, no matter what the setting. The opening day of the Niagara Frontier League championship was no different.
The Lockport set themselves up for a strong finish in Thursday’s final round of the NFL track & field championship, winning four of the final round events and several top-six finishes in preliminary events.
The Lions’ winners included Devon Toland with the boys discus event with a throw of 142’’6’, Skylar Pointer taking home the NFL title in the girls shot put and Sydney Nowicki posting a girls 800-meter run time of 2:23.00 and a time of 10:58.04 in the 3000-meter run.
Lockport also saw preliminary wins from Malik Brooks (49.66 boys 400-m, 21.76 boys 200-m), Kahniya James (12.22 girls 100-m) and Jalyn Jones (11.26 boys 100-m). Head coach Tim Willett was delighted by his team and looks forward to Thursday’s final round.
“We’re excited. We’ve had some pretty good performances so far today,” Willet said. “I think ... we’ve gotten everybody through that we anticipated getting through ... to have (four) wins already, that really helps our team out.”
Lions’ sprint coach Miles Patterson also enjoyed seeing his team with come out with such a strong showing on the first night.
“Our boys and girls are both in very good positions with the sprinting events,” Patterson said. “Our boys hurdlers are seeded 3, 4 and 5 (too).
We put ourselves in a good position for (Thursday’s) finals. We’ll just see what happens from there.”
Some of the other official winners were Niagara Wheatfield’s Le’Gary Jackson (16’’05.50’ girls long jump), Lewiston-Porter’s Andrew Perrault (9:43.82 boys 3200-m), North Tonawanda’s Jaivante Baldon (20-10.50 boys long jump), Grand Island’s Sebastian Melendez (2:00.91 boys 800-m) and Kenmore West’s Chris Kaszynski (13’’06’ boys pole vault).
Other notable pre-lim wins came from Grand Island’s Laura Schultz (16.69 girls 100-m hurdles), NW’s Jackson (59.57 girls 400-m) and Luella Johnson (1:11.90 girls 400-m hurdles)
The final round of the NFL track & field championships will conclude Thursday at Lew-Port at 4:30 p.m.