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High School Extra (April 25): Throwers lead Will North track past South

Throwers pace North

It’s been a great year for the field athletes for the Williamsville North girls team, and those performances helped the Spartans defeat rival Williamsville South, 84-57, in outdoor track and field on Wednesday.

Rachel Kroening won both the shot put (32-11½) and the discus (98-4) for Williamsville North while Monilola Awolesi won the long jump (14-½) and triple jump (30-9).

“I thought they performed extremely well under the weather conditions,” Spartans’ coach Julian Blake said.

“South has a good distance team but we have been strong in the field events. They’ve been outstanding for us all season long, especially the shot put and discus throwers. By far, my throwers have been outstanding but all the field athletes have been very strong and that’s helping us through a lot of meets.”

On the boys side, Williamsville North won, 78-58. Matt Schaefer was a triple winner for the Spartans in the 100 (11.7), long jump (18-1) and 400 (54.8).

Among the double winners was Pat Crowley, whose 4:48.8 in the 1,600 was a personal best. He also won the 800 (2:09.6).

Thomas scores winner

With about two minutes left in the game Christine Thomas scored to give Niagara-Wheatfield a 7-6 win over Lockport in a nonleague girls lacrosse game.

Trailing, 6-5, the Falcons tied the game on a goal by Laura Messer, then took the lead on the score from Thomas.

Messer then came up with the final draw control to give Niagara-Wheatfield possession to hang on for the victory.

Messer finished with two goals and two assists for the Falcons (4-2) while Natalie Goeddertz had two goals.

Teams set for relays

Four area high schools will be competing at the 119th Penn Relays in Philadelphia over the weekend.

Clarence, Immaculata, Springville and West Seneca West are among the schools competing at the prestigious event which includes competition for high school, college, youth, masters and elite athletes.

Competition begins today.