|VALLEY SPORTS REPORT: TIOGA'S LUBERTOWICZ "MALE TRACK & FIELD ATHLETE OF THE YEAR" — ATHENS' KEATHLEY, WAVERLY'S CHANDLER ALSO EARN HONORS (3 PHOTOS) (2016-06-19)
Valley Sports Report
THE VALLEY — Tioga senior Gage Lubertowicz finished fourth in the pole vault at States and was a major points-winner for the Tigers all season in earning the 2016 Valley Sports Report “Male Track & Field Athlete of the Year.”
Athens junior Kalen Keathley is the “Track & Athlete of the Year,” and Waverly 8th-grader Isaac Chandler was top “Newcomer of the Year.”
Lubertowicz, who entered his senior season with a career-best vault of 12-feet, 6-inches, peaked at the end of the season and cleared 14-feet, 6-inches to finish second (by virtue of fewest misses) to Waverly’s Josh Mastrantuono at the Section IV State Qualifier.
He cleared 14-feet, 3-inches at States to finish fourth — one spot behind Mastantuono (again via the fewer misses criteria) who also cleared 14-feet, 3-inches.
At the IAC Championships, Lubertoiwicz won the pole vault, was third in the long jump and fifth in the triple jump. At the Class C meet, he finished second in the pole vault and long jump, and ran on a pair of relays that placed.
He graduates as the school record-holder in the pole vault at 14-feet, 6-inches.
Keathley consistently won points for the Wildcats this season, regularly winning three or four events.
He was a triple-winner at the NTL Championships, and won a pair of silver medals (100- and 200-meter dashes) at the District 4 Championships, while also running on the third-place 400-meter relay.
Chandler placed in three events at the IAC Divisional meet — winning the 110-meter hurdles and long jump, and finishing third in the pole vault. He finished sixth in the long jump at the Class B meet.
Relay of Year: The Athens 400-meter relay team of Keathley, sophomore Brandon Hunsinger, and juniors Ben Vosburg and Payton Lewis finished third at the District 4 Meet in a time of 44.64 seconds.
“All-Valley Super 7”
Gage Lubertowicz, senior, Tioga: See above.
Josh Mastrantuono, senior, Waverly: Mastrantuono finished first or second in the pole vault in nearly every invitational this season for the Wolverines.
He won the pole vault at Lasagna Invite and Vestal Invite, and was second at the Bald-Eagle and Parkhurst Invites.
Mastrantuono won the pole vault at Class B meet and also ran on the third-place 400-meter relay team.
He won the Section IV State Qualifier at 14-feet, 6-inches, and went on to finish third place at States at 14-feet, 3-inches.
Kalen Keathley, junior, Athens: See above.
Jacob Goble, senior, Waverly: Goble, a mainstay on the Waverly the last few years, was a consistent points-winner for the Wolverines this season.
Goble was a triple-winner at IAC divisional meet, and finished fourth in 100- and 200-meter dashes at the IAC Championships.
Goble finished third in the 200 and fourth in 100 at the Class B meet and was on a third-place 400-meter relay team. He was fifth in the 100 and 200 at the State Qualifier, and was part of the seventh-place 400-meter relay.
Matt Bryan, senior, Athens: Bryan consistency placed in three or four events this season, specializing in the javelin.
He was second in javelin at Lasagna Invite, and also placed in long jump and 110-meter hurdles. He also placed in three events at Bald Eagle Invite.
Bryan placed in four events, including first-place finish in the javelin at NTL Championships, and placed in two events — third in javelin and eighth in long jump — at the District 4 Championships.
Joe Moyer, senior, Athens: Moyer was another major point-getter for the Wildcats, placing in at least three events in the majority of duals and invitationals.
He placed in three events at the Lasagna Invite and the Bald Eagle Invite.
Moyer also placed in three events, including a first-place finish in the shot put, at the NTL Championships, and finished sixth in the high jump and eighth in shot put at District 4 Championships.
Ben Vosburg, junior, Athens: Vosburg was a solid contributor all season for the Wildcats and finished the season especially strong.
Vosburg placed in four events at NTL Championships, and also placed in four events (fourth in 400 fifth in 200, sixth in 100 and third in 400 relay) at District 4 Championships.
IN PHOTO 1: Tioga’s Gage Lubertowicz. IN PHOTO 2: Athens’ Kalen Keathley. IN PHOTO 3: Waverly’s Isaac Chandler. … VSR STOCK PHOTOS.
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