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By: Tim Birney | Waverly Athletics | May 13, 2022 | Photo courtesy Brian Fees


CORNING — The Waverly girls won four events and finished second at the Corning Fast Times Track & Field Invitational, while the Wolverine boys also won four events and finished third in the team standings.

Senior Olivia Nittinger, and juniors Natalie Garrity and Kennedy Westbrook were double-winners to lead the Lady Wolverines.

Corning cruised to the team title with 246.5 points, while Waverly tallied 151.5 points, and third-place Elmira had 100.5 points. Horseheads finished fourth with 84 points.

Nittinger, Garrity, and Westbrook teamed with junior Abbey Knolles to win the 400-meter relay in a time of 51.79 seconds. The same foursome finished second in the 1,600-meter relay in a time of 4:19.9.

Garrity won the 100-meter dash in a time of 13.04 seconds, and sophomore Allison Barrett was second in 13.34 seconds.

Nittinger won the pole vault, clearing the bar at 8-feet, 6-inches, while freshman Addison Westbrook and sophomore Paige Robinson tied for third at 6-feet, 6-inches.

Kennedy Westbrook won the 200-meter dash in 28.13 seconds, and Barrett was second in 28.77 seconds.

Kennedy Westbrook finished second in the 400-meter run in a time of 1:03.39 and junior Kelsey Ward was sixth in 1:06.85.

Senior Sydney Nierstedt finished second in the high jump at 4-feet, 6-inches, and freshman Kiley Stillman was eighth at 4-feet, 2-inches.

The foursome of freshmen Harper Minaker and Haylie Davenport, 7th-grader Lauren Gorsline, and sophomore Elizabeth Vaughn finished third in the 3,200-meter relay in a time of 10:59.51.

Minaker finished third in the 2,000-meter steeplechase in a time of 8:13.59.

Eighth-grader Mira Kittle finished third in the 100-meter hurdles in a time of 17.92 seconds, while senior Sydney Nierstedt was fourth in 17.94 seconds, and Erica Ryck was fifth in 18.65 seconds.

Nierstedt finished fifth in the long jump at 13-feet, 11-inches.

Junior Josie VanDyke was fourth in the 3,000-meter run in a tie of 13:40.68, and Gorsline was fourth in the 400-meter hurdles in a time of 1:16.05.

Sophomore Mackenzie LaForest finished fourth in the shot put with a heave of 26-feet, 11-inches, and Trinity Walker was eighth at 23-feet, 3-inches. LaForest finished eighth in the discus at 68-feet, 6-inches.

Knolles finished fifth in the triple jump at 28-feet, 8 1/2-inches, and Ryck was eighth at 27-feet, 1 1/2-inches.

Davenport finished fifth in the 1,500-meter Race Walk in a time of 9:25.57.

Freshman Maddy Olmsted was eighth in the 800-meter run in a time of 2:51.69.

Gorsline finished ninth in the 1,500-meter run in a time of 5:27.27, and Vaughn was 10th in 5:42.01.

Junior Kayleb Bechy was a triple-winner, and sophomore Micah Chandler was a double-winner to pace Waverly’s efforts.

Corning ran away with the team title, amassing 272.5 pints, well ahead of runner-up Horseheads, which had 96 points, and Waverly, which tallied 90. Elmira finished fourth with 89.5 points.

Bechy won the 100-meter dash in a time of 11.19 seconds, and junior Jerrell Sackett was third in 11.68 seconds.

Bechy also won the 200-meter dash in 23.33 seconds, while senior SamVanDyke was fifth in 24.55 seconds.

Bechy and Chandler teamed with VanDyke and Sackett to win the 400-meter relay in a time of 44.8 seconds.

Chandler won the 400-meter hurdles in a time of 59.54 seconds. He finished second in the 110-meter hurdles in a time of 17.35 seconds.

Senior Derek Bartlett finished second in the pole vault at 10-feet.

The foursome of Chandler, VanDyke, junior Treyton Moore, and senior Kaden Wheeler combined to finish third in the 1,600-meter relay in a time of 3:41.18.

VanDyke finished fourth in the 400-meter dash in 54.6 seconds, and Moore was sixth in 55.43 seconds.

Freshman Payton Fravel placed sixth in the triple jump with a mark of 31-feet, 4 3/4-inches. He finished ninth at 15-feet, 9-inches.

Junior Ryan Clark finished sixth in the discus with a toss of 109-feet, 9-inches, and Benjamin was eighth at 98-feet, 2-inches.

Sackett finished seventh in the high jump at 5-feet, 4-inches.

Senior Cam McIsaac finished eighth in the shot put with a heave of 35-feet, 11 1/2-inches, and sophomore Jake Benjamin was ninth at 35-feet, 2 1/4-inches.

Senior Gavin Schillmoeller finished 12th in the 800-meter run in a time of 2:23.73.

Waverly returns to action Wednesday and Thursday at the IAC Championships in Trumansburg.


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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).