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2018-06-07 / Sports

Lady Indians’ Rybczynski wins sectional title in 400 hurdles


West Seneca West’s Anna Rybczynski, right, clears a hurdle during the early stages of the girls’ Division I 400-meter hurdles during her preliminary-round heat in Friday’s portion of the annual Section VI Track and Field Championships. Rybczynski, who won her heat, returned to Niagara Falls Saturday to claim the sectional title with her time of 1 minute, 4.47 seconds. 
Photo by Jason NadolinskiPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com West Seneca West’s Anna Rybczynski, right, clears a hurdle during the early stages of the girls’ Division I 400-meter hurdles during her preliminary-round heat in Friday’s portion of the annual Section VI Track and Field Championships. Rybczynski, who won her heat, returned to Niagara Falls Saturday to claim the sectional title with her time of 1 minute, 4.47 seconds. Photo by Jason NadolinskiPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Junior Anna Rybczynski punched her ticket to this weekend’s state track and field championships in a pair of events thanks to some solid efforts on the track at Niagara Falls in this past weekend’s annual Section VI Championships.

Rybczynski made her state trip easy in the Division I 400-meter hurdles, becoming just the second Lady Indian in program history to reach states in the event by finishing in 1 minute, 4.47 seconds, her second-fastest ever time. She also qualified for states in the 800, thanks to meeting the state standard earlier in the season, after placing second in 2:19.10.

Rybczynski becomes one of the rare female Section VI track competitors to qualify for states in those two events in the same season – and is the first Lady Indian to do so, coach Emilio Mancino said.

The 4x400 relay team of senior co-captain Breanna Lambert (personal best 59.3-second split), juniors Nina Vadala and Rybczynski, and sophomore Andrea Newell, meanwhile, placed third in 4:13.99, while freshman Jasmine Mings placed fifth in the triple jump with a personal best effort of 35-feet-4½.

Mings had already qualified herself earlier in the season for the New Balance Nationals’ Freshmen Girls triple jump, which held at Aggie Stadium in Greensboro, North Carolina, on Saturday, June 16, but Mancino said that she has not decided as of press time whether she will be participating.

Also competing at sectionals were junior Emma Larkman (4x800 relay, season best 2:34.1 split), as well as sophomores Sarah Mruk (steeplechase, personal best 7:52.38), Kelsey Sainsbury (shot put, personal best 22-2¼; 100 hurdles, personal best 18.09; pentathlon, season best 800), and Samantha Sigler (pentathlon, personal best 1,922 points).

“There were some positive performances this past weekend from many of our competitors,” Mancino said. “We are looking forward to having Anna, Peter and Joseph represent our school community at states this Friday and Saturday at Cicero-North Syracuse High School in a manner deserving of the time and effort they’ve put into being the best they can be thus far this season.”

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