WRIGHT PLACES THIRD TO PACE WAVERLY BOYS AT OWEGO INVITE; MINAKER 16TH TO LEAD LADY WOLVERINES
By: Tim Birney | Waverly Athletics | April 2, 2021 | Photo courtesy Tim Taylor
OWEGO — Senior Collin Wright finished third in a strong field here
Friday at the Owego Cross Country Invitational, leading Waverly to a
“The invitational was completed in three waves due to COVID restrictions,” said Waverly coach Nate Culver. “The times and places were compiled at the end.
“The weather was extremely inclement from relentlessly cold wind,” he noted. “I am very proud of our boys and girls for pushing through the physical and mental challenges of such conditions against excellent competition.”
Wright clocked in at 17:22 to place third in the field of 118 runners.
Nate Ackley was the second Wolverine finisher, placing 35th in a time of 19:41, while Matt Atanasoff was 48th in 20:42, Gavin Schillmoeller was 56th in 21:20, Liam Wright was 86th in 23:45, and Brayden Hurd was 87th in 23:46.
Corning won the team title with 24 points, while Vestal was second with 71 points, Horseheads was third with 73 points, and Owego was fourth with 139. Waverly amassed 181 points.
Eighth-grader Harper Minaker led the Lady Wolverines with a 16th-place finish in a time of 22:45, while freshman Elizabeth Vaughn was 33rd in the field of 66 runners in a time of 25:20.
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.