Tonawanda News — “I was really excited to (qualify). I really wanted to go to sectionals,” said Hill. “I love doing pent. It’s a lot of fun.”
Draves, who is ranked No. 2 in Section VI in the pentathlon, scored a very impressive 2330 at Pembroke. She is looking to break the 2400 plateau.
Haley Snyder, a junior, is returning to sectionals after qualifying as a freshman. Snyder is in the long jump (15-6) and 400 (16.29).
“I was really happy,” said Snyder about qualifying in the 400. “I just really wanted it. Right from the start I wanted it.”
Kyle Brady and Damien Brady will lead the NT boys. Kyle will be in the 400, while Damien competes in the pole vault. The Jacks 4x4 and 4x8 relay teams also qualified.
The Ladyjacks 4x400 relay team of Kelly Nichols, Emily Pawlik, Gabby Hansen and Liz Wildt is among the best in Section VI. The Ladyjacks team, which in ranked third, has an interesting rivalry going with the Ken East squad, finishing second to the ‘Dogs at the NFL championships. The girls 4x1 and 4x8 teams will also be there.
Individually, Wildt will be in the 400 hurdles, Gabby Hansen in the 400, Marissa Sly in the pentathlon and Gina Mallone in the pole vault.
Ben Jackson (pole vault) and Mike Debenedetti (shot put) are two of the Bulldogs best chances to place. Both were crowned champions at the NFL championship meet. Jackson, who placed seventh at sectionals last year, is the owner of a 13-6 vault-second only to Gavin DiMaria’s school record of 14-feet. Jackson enters focused and determined to make it to states.
“I’ve got to win sectionals,” said Jackson. “I’ve been working at it this entire year and I’m so close. I’m No. 2 in the section right now and I’m hoping to beat the kid in front of me.”