Tonawanda News — Senior Bobby Liebel qualified for multiple events for the Section VI track and field championships that are being held today and Saturday. But in the end he whittled down the list to the three that were closest to his heart.
Liebel will be running in the 400 meter dash and will join Nate Holler, Corbin Snyder and Brandon Frye as part of the Warriors 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams.
Liebel and Holler were part of the magical spring last year where the 4x4 team placed fifth in the state. When Phil Giuga and Jacob Choate graduated, the challenge was finding two athletes who could not only pull their weight on the track but also mesh with Holler and Liebel. Snyder and Frye have blended in perfectly as the current foursome now holds the school record of 44.78 in the 4x100.
“I’ve definitely become a lot closer with Corbin and Frye. They’re two of my best friends now,” said Liebel a two-time state qualifier and holder of the THS records in the 100, 200 and 400.
“Going through so much in track, it’s amazing how much it bonds you together. They’re both great guys. We have a lot of fun out here.”
Holler and Liebel are doing what they can to help Snyder and Frye prepare mentally as well as physically for sectionals.
“There’s gonna be stronger competition and they’re just gonna push you and you’re just try not to let them get in your head,” said Holler.
Liebel credited assistant coach Jackie Kiera for her work in helping mold the relay team and keeping them on top after losing Choate and Giuga.
Annie Draves and Paige Hill will compete in the pentathlon. Hill scored an 1800 at the Pembroke Invitational and a 1957 at the ECIC championships. It will be Hill’s first trip to Sectionals.