Nowicki's last competition was in the state public schools' indoor championship before the pandemic closed most of the competition. The section and state meetings in the spring have been canceled and the state cross-country championship will not take place. The situation is similar with other major competitions such as the McQuaid Invitational. However, the Section VI championships are running for the time being. They are scheduled for November 6th at Knox Farm in East Aurora.
The first big get-together on the local schedule is the third annual Lancer Invitational, sponsored by St. Mary & # 39; s High in Como Lake Park on October 3rd.
"Even though it's a late start, I'm so happy we're getting a season." Nowicki said. "Even if states are canceled, we still have the option to have league and doubles meetings. I will probably do everything I can to run as fast as possible on some of them. I am so happy to get around I'm ready to make my last year a good one! "
Nowicki, two-time All-Western New York Runner of the Year and four-time All-WNY First-Teamer, has been a great figure for Lockport since she was seventh. A freshman in 2017, she qualified for the Nike Cross National Cross Country Championship in Portland, Oregon, and competed against the best in the United States.
As an eighth grader, she took second place in class A of section VI and won the class A title of section over the next three seasons. She was eighth in each of the championships of the New York State Federation for the past two years. In March of last year, she finished sixth at 1,000 meters and 23rd at 1,500 meters in the championship of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association. In addition to the cross country, Nowicki won the section over 1,000 meters in the hall.