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By: Tim Birney | Waverly Athletics | June 8, 2021 | Photo courtesy Tim Taylor


TRUMANSBURG — Waverly senior Caden Wheeler and junior Sam VanDyke each qualified for Saturday’s Section IV Track & Field Championships in two events, while junior Matt Watson and freshman Valentino Rossi will be Tioga’s lone representatives at the meet.

Under COVID rules in 2021, the top two finishers in each event here at Tuesday’s Class C Championships advance to Saturday’s “Showcase.”

Wheeler won the long jump with a leap of 21-feet, while Rossi was fifth at 19-feet, 6-inches and Watson was sixth at 19-feet, 3 1/2-inches.

The Waverly foursome of freshman Micah Chandler, senior Alex Gadow, VanDyke, and Wheeler won the 1,600-meter relay in a time of 3:33.88.

VanDyke placed second in the 400-meter dash in 53.95 seconds, and Waverly sophomore Treyton Moore was fifth at 55.4 seconds.

Waverly senior Collin Wright is also headed to Saturday’s “Showcase: after finishing second in the 1,600-meter run in a time of 4:42.2.

Watson finished third in the 200-meter dash in 23,74 seconds.

The Waverly foursome of Wheeler, Chandler, senior Ryan Lambert, and Moore finished fourth in the 400-meter relay in a time of 45.91 seconds, and Tioga’s quartet of Watson, senior Nate Jaye, junior Chris Walsh, and Rossi finished fifth in 47.14 seconds.

Waverly junior Ryan Clark finished fourth in the discus with a toss of 96-feet, 5-inches. He was seventh in the shot put with a heave of 33-feet, 4 1/2-inches.

VanDyke was seventh in the high jump at 5-feet, 6-inches.

The Section IV Showcase will be held Saturday at Marathon High School.


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Tim Birney

Tim Birney is the founder / owner of River Road Media Group. He was born and raised in the Valley, graduating from Waverly High School in 1984.

Birney earned an Associate's Degree in Journalism from SUNY Morrisville in 1986 and a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism / Public Relations from Utica College of Syracuse University in 1988. He began his newspaper career at The Daily Review in Towanda in 1989, before moving on to The Evening Times in 1995. He spent more than 10 years at the Times, the last four as Managing Editor.

River Road Media Group includes five sites in "The Sports Reports" family that cover 24 school districts in five counties: Valley Sports Report (launched Aug. 10, 2009), Tioga County (NY) Sports Report (Aug. 13, 2018), and Northern Tier Sports Report (Aug. 31, 2020); Northern Tier West Sports Report (March 15, 2021) Southern Tier Sports Report (Aug. 16, 2021).