BRUISED AND BLOODIED, WAVERLY'S CHANDLER EARNS FIFTH-PLACE MEDAL IN 400 HURDLES
By: Tim Birney | Waverly Athletics | June 10, 2022 | Photo courtesy Tim Birney
CICERO — Waverly sophomore Micah Chandler took a beating in the
400-meter hurdle finals, but ended up on podium with a fifth-place
finish — the Wolverines’ only medal of the day — here Friday at the New
York State Division 2 Track & Field Championships.
Chandler clipped a pair of hurdles, and ended up bruised and bloodied on his way to a fifth-place medal in a time of 58.74 seconds. (He was seeded eighth at 58.21 seconds.)
“I’m just happy to be here, even if I finished last I wouldn’t be embarrassed … I’m running against the best of the best,” said Chandler.
“I probably wouldn’t smack that hurdle if I had it to do over again, but other than that I’m happy.
“This was a great experience,” added Chandler.
Waverly coach Dave Hogan was impressed with Chandler’s performance.
“It was a really good performance.
“Come to find out, during the race he clipped his hamstring on one hurdle and further down that back straightaway, he his knee pretty hard,” said Hogan. “He cut the knee up, and it was bruised pretty badly.
“It was hurting him to the extent that he didn’t run the 4-by-1 or the 4-by-4.
“We saw him kind of slow up at the end of the race, where he normally pushes to get that forward lean in his run, and digs it out,” noted Hogan. “He didn’t do that, so that was my first title cue that maybe something was up.
“Still, fifth overall in the state as a sophomore in the biggest meet we’re going to travel to, I think that’s very impressive,” added Hogan. “We’re very proud of him.”
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.