25 to watch: Angelina Napoleon, cross-country skiing and Allegany-Limestone trail | High school

By Clevis Murray News Sports Reporter

As the start of the high school sports seasons nears, The Buffalo News spotlights 25 members of the Class of 2023 who can be seen at sports venues in Western New York.

School: Allegany-Limestone.

Sport: Cross-country, indoor athletics, outdoor athletics

Must know: Napoleon’s first year was legendary. In each sport, she won a state championship – Class C cross-country, 1,000 meters in indoor track, and 800 meters and 2,000 meters steeplechase in outdoor track and field.

In addition to establishing herself as a top talent in New York State, she was also setting records nationally. In the outdoor Section VI qualifier, Napoleon set the national high school record and the U.S. U20 mark in the steeplechase with a time of 6 minutes, 24.32 seconds.

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Napoleon was named All-Western New York co-runner of the year in women’s cross country after winning the NYSPHSAA Class C title in 18:37.7, becoming the first state cross country champion -country of AL. She finished seventh in the Federation race (18:32) and 12th at the Eastbay Eastern Regionals, covering 5,000 meters in 18:25.5. She was also a two-time first-team All-WNY selection, a two-time CCAA champion, and a two-time Class C Section VI winner.

At the national indoor meet on Staten Island in March, she won the 1,000 meters in 2:49.65 and was second in the high jump with a clearance of 5 feet, 7 inches.

At the outdoor state meet in Cicero-North Syracuse in June, she won the state and federation titles in the 800 meters in 2:08.58 and the steeplechase in 6:30.59, a record state competition. This followed winning the 400, 1500, 3000 and the steeplechase in the Division 2 sectional competition.

“The goal was to be first overall, and I got the job done and I’m happy with that,” she said after the state meet.

Napoleon enters his final year with eyes on repeat in several events.

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