After a successful regular season that saw many school records fall, the Jamestown indoor track teams will be traveling to Steele Hall at Fredonia State on Thursday for the Section 6 Championships.
With sectional patches going to the top four competitors and the top two to three earning berths to the state meet at Cornell University, JHS is looking very strong with athletes already hitting the state standard in four events.
The boys 3,200-meter relay team of Michael Capestrani, Jonathan Healy, Jordan Johnson and Patrick Walsh, having already set the school record earlier in the season, will be looking to better that mark and earn a patch. Capestrani, who decided to forego an individual event in pursuit of a top-four finish, will be looking to anchor the team to a strong finish against league powerhouses Clarence, Frontier and Sweet Home.
The girls 3,200 relay team of Olivia Zabrodsky, Kimberly Lindquist, Rebecca Bogdan and Rachel Johnson, having really turned up the heat late in the season, look to be hitting their stride at the right time of the season as well.
Zabrodsky and Lindquist will also be looking for individual glory in the 1,000. Lindquist has been dropping her time in alarming chunks while Zabrodsky, fighting through adversity to set a new school record in the event, will be looking for her second consecutive trip to indoor states. She's also something of a darkhorse in the 1,500 and will be looking for an upset and another patch to add to her jacket in that event.
Sophomore Christian Edborg will be seeking personal best in the 1,600.
Jamestown will be very well represented in the 55 hurdles. Mitchell Moore, Steven Nowell and Nick Lombardo are considered outside shots for individual honors in the event, but Cienna Simon and Summer Haight are both favorites to earn sectional patches. Simon, who has hit the state standard in the hurdles repeatedly, is the favorite to be crowned Section 6 champion.
Jamestown should also be strong in the sprint events. Da'Quan Hollingsworth, who hit the state standard in the 55 last weekend, has a great shot to do some damage as the three seed behind West Seneca East and Lockport. Hollingsworth is only four-hundredths of a second off setting a new school record.
Senior Kylie Wilson is looking toward the 300 to earn her first trip to the indoor state meet.
Seventh-grader Orianne Simon will be looking to make some noise in the 55 as the youngest competitor in the meet.
The 800 relays also look very strong for JHS. For the boys, Hollingsworth and Moore will be joining Justin Capuano and Henry Tapia in challenging incumbent Section 6 champion Iroquois.
For the girls, Wilson, Cienna Simon and Haight will be joining eighth-grader Sarah Garvin to try to unseat the current Section 6 record-holders from Lancaster.
The 1,600 relays have Alexandra Perkins, Haley Ford, Jessica Haase and Jenna Silzle for the girls while the boys team will consist of Graham Davis, Austen Johnson, Steven Nowell and Nick Lombardo.
In the field events, Steven Nowell will compete in the high jump, Awsten Beaver in the pole vault and Joe Mistretta in the shot put.
For the girls, Brielle Edborg, having cleared 5 feet in the high jump, is looking to earn a patch. Mikayla Capestrani is in the hunt for a trip to the state meet in both the long jump and the pole vault, having hit the state standard in both events.
Senior Patricia Keller will compete in the shot put and Anna Torres in both horizontal jumps.
The top two finishers in each event (top three in the 300, 600, 1000 and 1500/1600 races) advance to states.