With Chris Nelson running the anchor, Lancaster is never out of a race.
On Saturday the Redskin senior anchored all three winning relays, coming from behind in two, to help his team win the Western New York Indoor Track Relays at Fredonia.
The Redskins were trailing when Nelson got the baton to run the last lap in the 2x(4x160) and the 4x400, but it didn't matter. He gained enough ground to pull out first place. His team led most of the way in winning the 4x200.
"He's got superior speed," said Lancaster coach Kevin Carriero. "He's got another gear. He gets into the last lap and he just leaves you."
Carriero said Nelson will see his share of competition in the coming weeks from other speedsters in the Section like Chris Rhinehard of Olean and Will Cole of Hamburg.
Lancaster won four events on the way to defending its Relays title. Lancaster's relay runners of Drew DiRienzo, Mike DiPalma, Josh Mertzlufft, Dave Aoun, Justin Kelly and Nelson combined to win the 2x200, 2x400 and 2x(4x160). It's other first place came courtesy of its shot put relay of Geno Buono and Jon Luke Krywalski, who combined to throw 103 feet, 1 1/2 inches.
Lancaster has the luxury of five or six sprinters who can be moved into different races.
The Redskins scored points in eight of the 13 events. They beat runnerup Niagara Falls by a 20-point margin.
Niagara Falls' 44 points edged out Canisius' 43. Niagara Falls swept the long and triple jumps. Brian Archie and Gilbert Melendez won the long jump in 41-10. In the triple, Archie combined with Oradne Allen to win in 82-5. Pioneer and St. Francis were 2-3.
Canisius won the distance medley in 11:03.6.
Williamsville South won the girls title. The Billies are fast, excel in the jumps and also boast a young team. They scored six points in the last event (4x400 relay) to finish with 54 points and clinch the title over runner-up Frontier, which scored 48.
Allie Van Buren-Kailyn Arcury combined to win the 55 hurdles and its 4x800 relay of M.C. Aungst, Ashley Ferenczy, Amanda Breymeier and Elisa Frazier took first in a 10:04.7, the second fastest in the section.
Runnerup Williamsville North won the 4x400 with Caitlin Triantafillou, Kim Berus, Sarah Loud and Lauren Triantafillou.
Most of the 34 teams head back to Fredonia next week to compete in the League Team Championships.
Holy Angels won the All-Catholic Championship in a four-team meet held at the Lancaster Fieldhouse. The Angels took first place in two relays and two field events.
Marissa Pullo and Sarah LeFevre tied in the triple jump covering 27-feet, 10 inches. Katie Gibbins won the shot put in 37-10. The Angels also won the 4x300 relay and the 4x150 relay.