A slew of area runners ventured to Greensboro, North Carolina this weekend for the New Balance Outdoor Nationals. Here's how locals fared among the best in the country, one week after competing against the best in the state of New York.
Note: The "emerging elite" events are for those who just missed qualifying for the top flight.
Area individuals and teams turned in a handful of top-10 finishes, highlighted by the Lockport boys taking second in the 4x400-meter emerging elite relay in a time of 3:19.73. Sweet Home's Tirzah Peters placed fifth in the girls emerging elite shot put with a distance of 12.49 meters, while the Nardin girls finished fifth in the emerging elite distance medley with a time of 12:17.86.
Rounding out the top-10 finishes from the area were the Sweet Home boys in the 1600-meter sprint medley final, finishing sixth in 3:26.53, the Lockport boys finishing eighth in the same event in 3:26.95, Cheektowaga's Alissandra Alvira coming sixth in the freshman girls triple jump at 11.09 meters, Nardin's Danielle Orie finishing eighth in the girls emerging elite 1 mile at 4:57.26, Grand Island's Genna Baldassarre placing 10th in the 3,000-meter race walk in 15:54.48 and North Tonawanda's Anton Kunnas finishing 10th in the pole vault at 4.66 meters.
Elsewhere in area action, Danielle Orie placed 13th in the two-mile run with a time of 10:54.74. Her sister, Gabrielle, finished 16th in the 2,000-meter steeplechase in 7:20.02. Cheektowaga's Torrie Jenkins finished 10 spots behind her classmate, Alvira, in the freshman girls triple jump at 10.49 meters. In the boys hammer throw emerging elite final, Lancaster's Paul Kemsley finished 18th with a distance of 47.98 meters and Sweet Home's Caleb Nickens placed 22nd with a distance of 46.75 meters. Sweet Home's Brooke Van Slyke finished 19th in the 3,000-meter race walk in 16:57.74.
Finishing off Section VI results, Clarence's girls 4x800-meter emerging elite relay team finished 22nd in 9:44.35, while Lockport's boys 4x800-meter emerging elite relay team finished 24th in 8:04.56. Sweet Home's Nathaniel Davis finished 34th in the 200-meter preliminaries in 22.19, and the Sweet Home 4x100-meter relay team finished ninth in preliminaries in 42.05. Tapestry Charter's Nia Stevens finished 35th in the emerging elite 200-meter dash in 25:33, while the Tapestry 4x100-meter emerging elite relay team was disqualified in the finals. Sweet Home's Christopher Nowak finished 37th in the boys 800-meter emerging elite final in a time of 2:01.66.
Kemsley did not place in the discus throw final because of a foul throw.