February 26, 2010

Indoor track

Harvey to take his best shot at Sectionals
By Lacey Severins

Lancaster senior Sean Harvey has been the best indoor track and field male shot putter in Western New York
this season.

                                                            Sean Harvey of Lancaster is the favorite to win the Sectional title in the
                                                            shot put Saturday.
                                                            James P. McCoy / Buffalo News

                                                            He hopes he's peaking at the right time.

                                                            Harvey threw a state-qualifying 52 feet, 6½ inches at
                                                            last Saturday's Section VI Varsity Select Invitational
                                                            at Lancaster on his final throw of the meet. It was his
                                                            best of the year.

                                                            "Today was my last home meet and I went out with a
                                                            bang," Harvey said with a proud smile. "Wow ... it's
                                                            crazy. My last one, my last chance. This is my
                                                            personal best, and, hopefully next week at Fredonia I
                                                            can beat that."

                                                       By throwing a state-qualifying distance, Harvey is
                                                       assured of a spot in the state meet as long as he
                                                       finishes in the top three at the Section VI Indoor
                                                       Track and Field Championships at Fredonia State
                                                       College at 9 a.m. on Saturday. The top two finishers
in each event automatically advance to the New York State Championships on March 6 at Cornell University.

After his big final throw last week on his home turf, Harvey was a bit emotional.

"My parents have been behind me the entire time, they stay late, they change their plans for me, to help me
get to where I need to be," Harvey said. "I could have never gotten here without their support and coach's."

Harvey, ranked ninth in New York State, credits his parents and Lancaster throwing coach George Rak for
getting him on the right path two years ago.

"Not too many people know this about me, but when I was a sophomore I goofed off, I became academically
ineligible. I got this taken away from me, and I came back with a new perspective thanks to coach Rak and my

"Sean's come a long way," Rak said. "I call him my little giant killer. He's not overly big, but he's well muscled.
What he lacks in size, he makes up in heart.

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"We sat him down a couple years when he was going down the wrong path," Rak added. "I told him I was
there for him and we got him straightened out. He's a good young man."

Section VI's top state contender is Lancaster's Melissa Kurzdorfer, who won the state shot put title last year.
The senior, who will attend Kent State on a track and field scholarship, broke the 50-foot barrier in the shot put
earlier this season.

"Melissa is obviously the favorite and we expect her to do very well," said Lancaster track coach Kevin

Kala Allen of Williamsville East, who was third in the girls 300-meter dash at last year's state meet, has the
area's best times this season in the 300 and 600.

Kailyn Arcury of Williamsville South was third in the 55-meter hurdles and sixth in 55-meter dash at the state
meet last year and is expected to contend again this year.

"She [Arcury] has been running really well this year," said Carriero.

Other top performers to watch include Sweet Home distance runner Katie Niblock, Lockport distance runner
Drew Perelli and Lancaster hurdler Dave Aoun.

"We have a very strong nucleus and we should hold our own at this year's state meet," said JFK coach Pete
Szymanski. "We are usually in the middle of the pack among all the sections in the state. Our kids usually step
up to the plate and perform well."

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