WHEELER LEADS WAVERLY BOYS TO SECOND-PLACE FINISH AT 'NEED FOR SPEED' INVITATIONAL; LADY WOLVERINES PLACE THIRD
By: Tim Birney | Waverly Athletics | May 22, 2021
JOHNSON CITY — Senior Caden Wheeler was a triple-winner to lead the
Waverly boys to a second-place finish at the “Need for Speed” Track
Invitational here at Johnson City High School, while the Lady Wolverines
In a meet featuring 11 running events, the longest being 1,000 meters, Trumansburg won the bus meet handily with 86 points, while Waverly had 40 points, U-E was third with 36, Ithaca was fourth with 34, and Horseheads fifth with 31 points.
Vestal and Chenango Valley finished tied atop the team standings with 49 points, edging out Waverly, which had 45 points. Johnson City finished fourth with 38 points, and Ithaca was fifth with 35 points.
Wheeler won the 40-yard dash in 4.96 seconds, and senior Ryan Lambert was ninth in 5.21 seconds.
Wheeler also won the 100-meter dash in a time of 11.61 seconds, and Lambert was seventh in 12.25 seconds.
Wheeler teamed with freshman Micah Chandler, sophomore Treyton Moore, and senior Sam VanDyke to win the 1,000-meter relay in 2:08.46.
Wheeler also teamed with Chandler, Lambert, and Moore to finish fourth in the 400-meter relay in a time of 46.36 seconds.
Seniors Alex Gadow and Joh Q1n Price, VanDyke, and Moore teamed to finish third in a time of 1:44.55.
Senior Collin Wright finished fourth in the 1,000-meter run in a time of 2:47.04.
Chandler was sixth in the 55-meter dash in 7.19 seconds, and Gadow was eighth in 7.32 seconds.
VanDyke finished eighth in the 200-meter dash in 24.56 seconds, and Chandler was 10th in 24.84 seconds.
Senior Skyler Dengler finished ninth in the 110-meter hurdles in 20.31 seconds, and 10th in the 200-meter hurdles in 31.06 seconds.
Sophomore Kennedy Westbrook and junior Abigail Knolles each placed in four events to lead the Lady Wolverines.
Kennedy Westbrook finished second in the 200-meter dash in 28.91 seconds, and Knolles was fifth in 29.05 seconds. Kennedy Westbrook was sixth in the 40-yard dash in 5.79 seconds
Knolles finished third in the 55-meter dash in 8.1 seconds, and sophomore Natalie Garrity was seventh in 8.18 seconds.
Knolles and Kennedy Westbrook teamed with senior Gabby Picco and 8th-grader Paige Robinson to finish third in the 1,000-meter relay in a time of 2:34.23.
The foursome of Knolles, Garrity, Kennedy Westbrook, and Picco finished fourth in the 400-meter relay in a time of 54.11 seconds
Garrity finished third in the 100-meter dash in 13.83 seconds, and 8th-grader Addison Westbrook was 12th at 12,89 seconds.
Eighth-grader Harper Minaker was third in the 600-meter run in 1:51.8. She was sixth in the 1,000-meter run in 3:26.57.
Waverly returns to action Monday at Newark Valley in the IAC South Large School Divisional meet.
About the Author
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 Valley Sports Report (launched Aug. 10, 2009), Tioga County (NY) Sports Report (Aug. 13, 2018), and Northern Tier Sports Report (Aug. 31, 2020). Southern Tier Sports Report is set to launch in 2021.