Natalie Surdej of Lancaster set a meet record in the girls weight throw and Tapestry Charter eighth-grader Jada Kenner and West Seneca East’s Vinny Pagliaccio were other first-place winners among Western New York athletes who performed well at the New Balance Games on Saturday at The Armory in New York City.
Surdej had a throw of 58 feet, .25 inch to smash the previous record of 49-7.25. Her throw was nearly 15 feet better than that of runner-up Danielle Lambert, a West Seneca West senior.
Kenner won the freshman girls 200 meters in a personal best time of 24.91. Runner-up was freshman Angel-Amani Wilson of Archbishop Carroll (D.C.), who won the freshman 55 meters sprint in 7.20.
Pagliaccio won the boys varsity 1,000 meters in 2:32.22, his personal best. In the same event, Jared Rogalski of Lancaster was fourth in 2:35.24, his PR.
Maxana Grubb of Amherst was second in the girls varsity 600 in a school record time of 1:35.46. Emily Brown of Fredonia was sixth in the girls invitational mile in 5:07.73 while Mallory Grubb of Amherst was 18th.
Cameron Dillard of Tapestry was sixth in the boys novice 200 in 23.47.
Kuntar in prospects game
Forward Trevor Kuntar of Williamsville will participate with Team Gomez on Monday in the 2020 BioSteel All-American game in Plymouth, Mich.
Kuntar is in his third season with the Youngstown Phantoms of the USHL. Through 28 games, he 23 goals and 15 assists. He is committed to play college hockey at Harvard. Top American prospects eligible for the 2020 NHL Draft will compete in the game on teams named in honor of retired NHL stars Mike Knuble and Scott Gomez.
Emerson star hits 1,000
Junior Jayda Smith of Emerson scored the 1,000th point of her career Saturday in a loss to Mount St. Mary. She finished with 25 points.