Frewsburg’s Stormer Breaks Section VI Mark In 200 Meters
WEST SENECA — Landon Stormer was disappointed the last time he ran at West Seneca West High School exactly a year ago.
It was a different story over the weekend.
The Frewsburg Central School junior sprinted his way into the record books on Saturday, winning both the Division 2 100 meters and the 200 meters at the Section VI Track & Field state qualifier.
Stormer’s time in the 100 was 10.792 seconds– a new track record — that just nipped Sohel Ahmad Peran of Maryvale by .004 seconds.
But there was more.
Later in the afternoon, Stormer posted a blistering time of 21.22 in the 200 meters for a Section VI and track record to head into next weekend’s New York State Public High School Athletic Association Championships in Middletown with plenty of confidence.
That was a far cry from 12 months ago when he left the same track disappointed after posting sectional times of 11.7 in the 100 meters and 23.2 in the 200 meters.
“He told me, ‘That’s never going to happen again,'” Frewsburg coach Adam Loftus recalled with a smile. “He came through on his promise.”
“Even though I made states with the super standard (in 2022),” Stormer said, “I came back and I just wanted to … make it better this year.”
Did he ever.
Trailing in the 100 for the first 55 meters, Stormer said he stayed relaxed, because he knew that “my top-end speed was my strength.”
As he approached the finish line, he leaned just enough to edge Peran and Simon Connors of Lake Shore, who ran a 10.81.
In the 200, Stormer got out of the starting block well and held off Michael Butterfield of Southwestern (22.34) and Jordan Lockett of Dunkirk (22.43).
Added Loftus: “It amazes me what he can accomplish when he puts his mind and body to it. He’s the most driven person I’ve seen in my life.”
Also claiming first places for the boys in Division 2 on Saturday were Stormer’s teammate, Cody Kent, in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (9:54.87); Roan Kelly, Jaiden Huntington and Talon Rowland of Randolph, who captured the 1,600 meters (4:27.46), the discus (147-6) and the 400 meters (50.41), respectively; Michael Hanlon of Dunkirk in the 400-meter hurdles (57.90); and Dunkirk’s 4×400-meter relay team of Lockett, Johnee Thomas, Hanlon and Lucas Lawrie (3:28.22).
“The relay hasn’t lost a 4×400 all season,” Marauders coach Adam Woelfle said, adding that it is 0.8 seconds off the school record.
Woelfle noted that the quartet of runners have been competing in memory of Ron Graham, the track and field guru from Jamestown who passed away earlier this year.
“When I was a rookie coach (years ago), he came in with all that experience and it helped me so much,” Woelfle said. “It was a huge loss this winter, but it really motivated the kids. They wear those ‘RG’ patches with pride.”
The Division 2 champions among the girls on Day 2 were Angelina Napoleon of Allegany-Limestone, who claimed the 2,000-meter steeplechase in a track-record time of 6:31.58 and the high jump (5-6); Tyyetta Herman of Franklinville/Ellicottville, who won the 100 meters (12.45), the 400 meters (57.43) and the 200 meters (25.17); and Corinne Inkley of Randolph, who captured the pole vault title when she cleared the bar at 11-3, which was a new Randolph girls record. Inkley joined her younger brother, Caden, as a sectional pole vault champion. The sophomore claimed the boys crown in that event on Friday with a leap of 14 feet.
“She’s done excellent,” Randolph pole vaulting coach Travis Nagle said. “Corinne’s a great athlete, she’s come a long way, she’s worked really hard and I’m really happy for her.”