TJ Hornberger’s first experience running the 800 meters in an invitational was a memorable one.
The gifted runner from Lake Shore broke his second meet record of the day at Saturday’s Carl J. Roesch Classic at Clarence. The 39th invitational drew a field of 24 teams under perfect running conditions.
Hornberger was named MVP after breaking meet and school records in the 800 and 1,600. He typically runs the 1,600 and 3,200 at big meets, but on this day decided to give the 800 a try.
His 800 time of 1:54.50 broke the previous record of 1:54.6 held since 1999 by Doug Johnston of Clarence. He ran a 4:15.82 in the 1,600 to eclipse the 1994 time of 4:18.8 by Ron Pascucci of West Seneca West.
Hornberger won the 1,600 race by a 9 seconds to remain undefeated this season.
“I’m very excited about running that,” said Hornberger, whose personal best indoors was 4:17. “I just felt good today, and went out and did how I felt. I wanted to go out and see what I had in the tank.”
Aquinas of Section V won the team title followed by the host Red Devils. Lake Shore, which usually runs at the Ken-Ton Invitational on this weekend, placed third.
While Hornberger shined on the track, Devon Patterson of Williamsville South was the talk of the field events as he broke 60 feet in the shot at 60-0.75. He also won the discus at 157-1.
Clarence won three events on its own track thanks to Dan Huben in the 3,000 steeplechase (9:41.70), Teddy Okon in the high jump (6-foot-5) and Ryan Zielan in the pole vault (13 feet).
Andy Smigiera of West Seneca East won the 100 in 11.11 and was on the winning 400 relay along with Scott Barrett, Brandon Day and Devin Lindner.
Sweet Home made two trips to the top of the awards podium as Jeff Hart took the 200 in 22.35 and Tyvon Rivers won the 110 hurdles in 14.86.
• Jenn Thill of Lancaster and Terionna Ware of Sweet Home earned MVPs at the 30th annual WNY Girls Classic at Lancaster. The event drew 19 teams.
Thill was named field events MVP after clearing 11- 6 inches in the pole vault and Ware of Sweet Home was the running events MVP after she won the 200 and was on the winning 4x100 relay.
Double winners were Emily Irish-Ryan of Amherst (100 and 400 hurdles), junior Jaskiran Dhaliwall of Grand Island (shot put and discus) and McKyla Brooks of Frontier (long and the triple).
A field of 79 teams will compete for titles in six classes when the Section VI baseball tournament begins next week. The seedings were announced on Saturday. All classes will play pre-quarterfinals games on Monday.
Earning top seeds were: Clarence (Class AA), Williamsville South (A), Tonawanda (B-1), City Honors (B-2), Middle College (C) and Clymer (D). See brackets on Page B-11.
Last year’s champions were Lancaster (Class AA), Grand Island (A-1), Albion (A-2), Dunkirk (B-1), Fredonia (B-2), Frewsburg (C) and Pine Valley (D).
The better seed will host all pre-quarterfinal, quarterfinal and semifinal games. The finals in Class AA, A, B-1 and B-2 will be at either Orchard Park, Gowanda, Sal Maglie or Lew-Port, defending on who the finalists are. Class C and D will crown its champions at Diethrick Park in Jamestown.
• A trip to Baldwinsville paid off with two wins for St. Joe’s. Jared Baldinelli had three hits and Nick Courtney drove in two runs as the Marauders beat state-ranked Binghamton, 13-3. In the other contest, Matt Ruggiero and Donny Kilian drove in two runs on two hits each in a 9-4 win over the Section III hosts.
Class B-1: Sam Burton’s walk-off single scored Caryn Duman with the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning as Maryvale edged East Aurora, 3-2. Duman got the win, striking out nine with no walks. The Flyers (9-7) travel to Alden on Tuesday.
Carly Nasca fanned 16 and Sabrina Kraska drove in three runs in Eden’s 8-0 win over Springville.
Joyce Bomasuto pitched a two-hitter and Lacey Clark had a pair of hits as Dunkirk eliminated Medina, 4-1.
Haley Panek’s 17 strikeouts capped a one-hitter and Kathy Odrobina pounded out four hits as Alden blanked Tonawanda, 9-0.
Melissa Stewart went the distance, fanned eight, and helped herself with two hits as Lackawanna shut out Albion, 9-0. Julie Friend scored three times for the Steelers.
Class B-2: Southwestern scored a lone run in the first inning and beat Gowanda, 1-0. Summer Borysoff provided all the offense the Trojans would need when she knocked in Shelby Lunz in her team’s first at-bat. Both teams had plenty of chances to score as Southwestern loaded the bases in the second and third innings and Gowanda loaded them in the third and sixth.
Erin Hufford knocked in Samantha Schultz with the go-ahead run in the second inning as JFK defeated Wilson, 2-1. Kayla Williams pitched a three-hitter as the Bears earned a trip to Fredonia on Tuesday.
Nonleague: Bre Opera drove in five runs with four hits as Lancaster beat rival Depew, 13-3. … Charlotte Miller’s two-run homer led Kenmore West over West Seneca East, 2-1.