BECHY, CHANDLER DOUBLE-WINNERS FOR WAVERLY BOYS; LADY WOLVERINES PLACE FOURTH AT CLASS C MEET
By: Tim Birney | Waverly Athletics | May 25, 2022 | Photo courtesy Brian Fees
ONEONTA — Junior Kayleb Bechy and sophomore Micah Chandler were
double-winners to lead Waverly to a fifth-place finish here Wednesday in
the Section IV, Class C Track & Field Championships, while the Lady
Wolverines finished fourth.
Dryden won the team title with 101 points, while runner-up Oneonta tallied 94.25 points, third-place Chenango Valley had 80 points, and fourth-place Trumansburg had 56.25 points. Lansing was fifth with 54 points, and Waverly had 54 points.
The foursome of Bechy, Chandler, junior Jerrell Sackett, and senior Sam VanDyke won the 400-meter relay in a time of 43.83 seconds. It’s the third-fastest time in school history and just off the school-record time of 43.72 seconds set by Nick Puusalu, Jeff Mastrantuono, Ryan McFarland, and Sean Swartwood in 2012.
The time also meets the state standard. If the relay finishes first or second at next week’s state qualifier, it will advance to States.
Bechy also won the 100-meter dash in 11.18 seconds, and Sackett was eighth in 11.76 seconds.
Chandler won the 400-meter hurdles in a time of 58.33 seconds.
The foursome of Chandler, VanDyke, senior Kaden Wheeler and junior Treyton Moore finished second in the 1,600-meter relay in a time of 3:36.13.
VanDyke was fifth in the 400-meter run in a time of 53.26 seconds, and senior Derek Bartlett finished fifth in the pole vault at 10-feet, 7-inches.
Senior Cameron McIsaac finished fifth in the shot put with a heave of 39-feet, 1 1/2-inches, and sophomore Jake Benjamin was 11th at 33-feet, 11-inches.
Junior Ryan Clark was eighth in the discus with a toss of 103-feet, 7-inches, and Benjamin was 10th at 94-feet, 1-inch.
Senior Gavin Schillmoeller finished ninth in the 1,600-meter run in a time of 5:06.78. He was 15th in the 800-meter run in a time of 2:22.45.
Moore finished 10th in the 200-meter dash in 24.95 seconds, and freshman Payton Fravel was 16th in the long jump at 15-feet, 8 1/2-inches.
Freshman Harper Minaker logged the Lady Wolverines’ only individual win, while the 400-meter relay team continued its success with Waverly’s only other first-place finish.
Oneonta won the team title with 76 points, edging out runner-up Notre Dame by two points. Sidney was third with 68 points, while Waverly tallied 58 points, and fifth-place Chenango Forks had 52.5 points.
Minaker won the 2,000-meter steeplechase in a school-record time of 7:47.26. Minaker's effort eclipses the previous record of 7:52.60 set in 2019 by Sheridan Talada.
The foursome of juniors Abbey Knolles, Natalie Garrity, Kennedy Westbrook, and senior Olivia Nittinger won the 400-meter relay in a time of 51.45 seconds.
Seventh-grader Lauren Gorsline finished second in the 1,500-meter run in a time of 5:16.8.
The foursome of Knolles, Nittinger, Kennedy Westbrook, and freshman Addison Westbrook finished second in the 1,600-meter relay in a time of 4:18.75
Kennedy Westbrook finished third in the 200-meter dash in a time of 27.23 seconds, while sophomore Allison Barrett was eighth in 28.2 seconds, and sophomore Paige Robinson was 13th in 29.43 seconds.
Nittinger finished third in the pole vault at 8-feet, 7-inches, while Robinson was sixth at 7-feet, 7-inches, and Addison Westbrook was seventh at 7-feet, 1-inch.
Knolles was fourth in the 400-meter run in a time of 1:04.62.
The foursome of Gorsline, 8th-grader Maddy Olmsted, sophomore Elizabeth Vaughn, and freshman Haylie Davenport teamed to finish fourth in the 3,200-meter relay in a time of 10:50.53
Eight-grader Mira Kittle finished sixth in the 100-meter hurdles in a time of 17.93 seconds, and senior Sydney Nierstedt was seventh in 18.04 seconds. Kittle was 10th in the 400-meter hurdles in a time of 1:25.74.
Junior Josie VanDyke finished seventh in the 3,000-meter run in a time of 13:09.7.
Vaughn finished eighth in the 800-meter run in 2:45.91, and Olmsted was 12th in 2:50.52.
Nierstedt finished eighth in the high jump at 4-feet, 5-inches, and Stillman was 11th at 4-feet, 1-inch. Nierstedt was 12th in the long jump at 13-feet, 11 1/4-inches.
Sophomore Mackenzie LaForest was eighth in the shot put with a heave of 27-feet, 5-inches. She was 14th in the discus at 66-feet, 7-inches.
Barrett was ninth in the 100-meter dash in 13.65 seconds, and Stillman was 13th in 14.15 seconds.
Waverly will return to action Wednesday and Thursday of next week at the Section IV State Qualifier at Union-Endicott High School.
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.