A accident with a lawnmower almost cost Robby Seyler more than a chance to compete at this weekend's state track and field championships in Syracuse.
Last month the Lew-Port pentathlete sliced the last three fingers on his right hand while reaching into the family lawnmower to dislodge a twig. He received 34 stitches. "It happened in a split second. I'm lucky to have my fingers," he said.
He got the stitches out earlier this week and was able to represent the Lancers at the state meet. He said it was difficult to hold the shot put, he could only use three fingers, but that didn't prevent him from throwing his personal record 34-11.25. In fact, he did his PR in four of the five events: shot, 110 hurdles, high jump and 1,500 meters. He was rewarded with a career best 3,010 points.
"It's the state meet and you've got to bring it," said Seyler, moments "Everyone else is at a high level so I had to bring up my game a notch."
Seyler will attend Niagara County Community College in the fall and will play basketball.
---Mary Jo Monnin