Cardinal O'Hara athletes shine at state games
TONAWANDA — Cardinal O'Hara High School track and field athletes enjoyed great success May 22-24 at the Catholic High School Athletic Association Intersectional State Championships, held on Randall's Island at Ichan Stadium, New York City.
Standing out were senior Donel Cathcart in the high jump and sophomore Anndea Ziegler in the triple jump. The two athletes won overall individual Catholic State championships in each of those events.
Ziegler's mark of 36' 4.5" sets a new school record, breaking her old mark set last year, while Cathcart won his event with a 6'4" effort, just one inch off his personal best and school record.
Ziegler also took third overall while winning a Division II Catholic State title in the 100-meter dash in a time of 12.70 seconds, which ties her new school record she set earlier this season. She was also part of the 4x100 meter relay, along with Summer Hemphill, Nickelle O'Neil and Jamia Pugh. The team took fifth overall, but still managed to finish highest among Division II Catholic schools. They also took the small school state title and will advance to the State Federation Championships in Albany on June 12 and 13. The relay time of 51.14 seconds lowers their school record set earlier this season.
Freshman Shea Warren also finished in the top 10 in the shot put and discus, setting a new personal best in the discus. Senior Kris Croom set a new personal best in the shot put, but just fell short of 40 feet with his 39' 9" throw.
Doug Buczak coaches the Cardinal O'Hara track team.