Tonawanda News — Aaron Cannon (100, 200, long jump), Cole Bokowski (high jump) and Jack Stellianou (mile) will be representing the Bulldogs in individual events. The 4x1 team of Cannon, Kurt McGowan, Alex Rusch and Marquee Moody and 4x4 combo of McGowan, Barton, Fennesse Henry and Steve Winters also qualified.
Erin O’Brien and Austin Nagelhout (long jump/triple jump) lead the Lady Bulldogs. O’Brien, Megan Talmon, Kiaja O’Neil and Britney Banks comprised the Bulldogs 4x4 team that took first place at NFL’s. O’Brien will also run the 400 meter hurdles. Banks will run the 100 and 400, Talmon and Shelby Goudy will compete in the 400. Goudy will also be key in the 4x1 team that includes Kiara Smith, Sarah Bandinelli and Alyssa Valle. Alex Henning (400 hurdles), Kiaja O’Neil (200) and Haley Parker (pole vault) are also aiming for states.
Coach Marty Madore’s message to his team is simple, enjoy the moment but don’t be satisfied with just making it to sectionals. Come with the intention of making some noise.
DeAngelo Walker is coming off a first place finish in the 100 at the NFL’s.
“It’s about having fun but at the end of the day you want to compete and try to advance onto states,” said Walker.
Other qualifiers for West are Terrell Ford (200/high jump), Jahlel St. John (pentathlon), Will Zanghi and Nick Wojnar in the 400, Aaron Dobozin (800) and Cody Lambert (high jump). West is sending its 4x1 (Lambert, Ford, Walker and Mark Taylor), 4x4 (Wojnar, Dobozin, Zanghi, Lambert) and its 4x8 of Rob Oberkirker, Reese Michaels, Justin Sagasta and Nate Welnoulfer.
The Lady Blue Devils will look to junior Katie Proy and senior Hayley Johnston who both won NFL championships. Proy won the pentathlon, while Johnston was first the high jump with a mark of five feet in her first season of track and field.