|VALLEY SPORTS REPORT: ATHENS' KEATHLEY HEADLINES SUPER 7 AS 'MALE TRACK & FIELD ATHLETE OF YEAR' — TIOGA'S CAMBERS, ATHENS' HUDSON ALSO EARN TOP HONORS (2017-06-13)
Valley Sports Report
THE VALLEY — Athens senior Kalen Keathley capped a stellar career with a pair of District 4 gold medals, earning the Valley Sports Report 2017 "Male Track & Field Athlete of the Year."
Keathley won the 100- and 200-yard meter dashes at the District 4 meet to earn his second trip to the PIAA Class AAA Championships. However, a hamstring injury just three days before States resulted in a slower run in the 100, and forced him to scratch from the 200.
Keathley won silver medals in the 100 and 200 as a junior at the District 4 meet, and won a silver in the 100 as a sophomore, earning a wild card berth to States in the process.
He also won gold in the 100, 200, and 400-meter relays at the NTL Championships this season.
Keathley also won a silver medal at the D4 meet in 400-meter relay, teaming with freshman Damian Hudson, sophomore Jon Dailey, and senior Ben Vosburg. The foursome is also the 2017 “Relay of the Year.”
Tioga junior DeMario Cambers was a newcomer to the triple jump, but busted out a school-record leap of 42-feet, 4 3/4-inches — breaking a 49-year-old Tioga record in the process — to win the gold medal at the IAC Championships.
Cambers, who is the 2017 “Field Athlete of the Year,” finished third in the triple jump at the Class C Championships, and 11th at the Section IV meet.
Hudson is the 2017 “Newcomer of the Year” after finishing fifth in the 200-meter dash, and eighth in 100-meter dash at the District 4 Championships, as well as running a leg on the silver-medal winning 400-meter relay.
A major point-winner for the Wildcats this season, Hudson finished third in the 100- and 200-meter dashes at the NTL Championships, and ran a leg on the winning 400-meter relay team.
“Boys Track & Field Super 7”
Kalen Keathley, senior, Athens: See above.
Jonny Polo Rankin, senior, Tioga: A top point-getter for the Tigers in a number of events throughout the season, Polo Rankin found his niche late in the season in the 400-meter hurdles.
In just his second time running the 400 hurdles this season, Polo Rankin broke the school record in winning the Class C Championships. The next week, Polo Rankin won a Section IV gold, lowering his school record by 1.62 seconds to 56.83 seconds.
He closed out his career with a sixth-place medal at the New York State Division 2 Championships.
Isaac Chandler, freshman, Waverly: A strong performer all season for the Wolverines, Chandler won the pole vault at the Class B Championships with an effort more than 2 feet better than his previous best. He also finished second in the 100-meter dash, and the 400-meter hurdles.
At the Section IV meet, Chandler finished fourth in the 110-meter hurdles and was sixth in the pole vault.
Zach Blayda, senior, Tioga: In his first year on the track, Blayda was a top point-getter for the Tigers all season in the 100- and 200-meter dashes, as well as being a staple in the 400-meter relay.
Blayda won IAC gold in the 100 and was fourth in the 200, and also ran on the fourth-place 400 relay team.
He won the 100 and was second in the 200 at the Class C Championships to qualify for the Section IV meet. He also won a gold medal at the Class C meet in the 400-meter relay with Polo Rankin, Cambers and senior Nick Sargent
DeMario Cambers, junior, Tioga: See above.
Jon Dailey, junior, Athens: Dailey, a top point-winner for the Wildcats on track and in the field all season, won a silver medal in the high jump at the District 4 Championships, and also ran a leg on the silver-medal winning 400-meter relay team.
At the NTL Championships, Dailey ran a leg on the winning 400-meter relay, and a leg on the silver-medal winning 1,600-meter relay. He also finished fourth in the high jump.
Ben Vosburg, senior, Athens: Vosburg, a major point-winner for the Wildcats all season, ran a leg on the silver-medal winning 400-meter relay at the District 4 Championships, and finished fifth in the 400-meter dash.
He won the 400-meter dash at the NTL Championships, and finished second in the 100- and 200-meter dashes, as well as running a leg on the silver-medal winning 1,600-meter relay team.
IN PHOTO: Athens’ Kalen Keathley.
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