Canisius at track states
Two Canisius athletes enter today's New York State Catholic Indoor Track and Field Championships as No. 1 seeds. Jordan Hamm is the top seed in the 1,600 meters with a 4:15.70 and John Urschel is the favorite in the shot put at 57 feet. They are among 17 from Canisius who qualified to compete in the event being held at the Armory in New York City.
Coach Brian Lombardo said Hamm had a great week of practice. "He's as confident as I've even seen," he said. "He's got a strong race plan and seems to thrive in the bigger meets. We're anticipating positive results."
Lombardo said Urschel doesn't show a lot of emotion, but he's been talking about this event all week. "This has been his goal all season long -- to win this meet and go for a state title. He's got a good chance if he doesn't get too fidgety in the circle and takes his time," said Lombardo.
Devlin wins diving title
Austin Devlin of Niagara Falls scored 447 for 11 dives to win the Niagara Frontier League Diving Championship held Friday at Lockport.
The meet continues today as the finals in the swimming events takes place back at Lockport. Niagara-Wheatfield looks to defend its title starting at 11 a.m. The Falcons will face a stiff challenge from North Tonawanda, winners of the league this year with a 14-0 record.
NT junior Braden Kozlowski is the defending champion the 200 and 500-yard freestyles. Luke Kellogg of N-W looks to unseat Kozlowski in both events.
Sam Kale of Niagara Falls was a double winner last year and is the top seed this year in the 50 and 100 free. He'll be chased in both sprints by NT junior Scott Farrell.
Niagara-Wheatfield junior Brad Heberle went undefeated during the regular season in the breaststroke.
Wrestling has class
By the end of the day, the field for the Section VI Wrestling Championships will be determined. Qualifiers will come out of today's Class Tournaments, being held at different sites. The top four in each weight class from each tournament advances to the Section VI Championships Feb. 20-21 at Niagara CCC.
The Class AAAA tournament is at Williamsville North, Class AAA is at Starpoint, Class AA is at Fredonia and Frewsburg is the host in Class A.