Valley Sports Report for Penn York Valley




VALLEY SPORTS REPORT: WAVERLY'S WELCH EARNS 2017 GIRLS 'RUNNER OF THE YEAR" HONORS (2017-11-19)


WAVERLY'S BAIRD NAMED "COACH OF THE YEAR;" SAYRE'S CLAYPOOL "NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR"

Valley Sports Report

THE VALLEY — Waverly junior Brandi Welch kicked into high gear at the perfect time, finished seventh in the Section IV, Class C meet to win a berth in the New York State Cross Country Championships, and to earn recognition as the 2017 Valley Sports Report “Female Runner of the Year.”

Sayre freshman Carrie Claypool is the 2017 Valley Sports ReportNewcomer of the Year,” and Waverly’s Scott Baird is the “Coach of the Year.”

Welch was consistently one of the top three runners on the state-ranked Lady Wolverines, finishing fourth at the IAC Divisional meet, and 16th at the IAC Championships.

She finished second at the Tom Koons Valley Invite, was 11th at the Windsor Invitational, 21st at the Owego Invitational, 35th at the Newark Valley Invite, 41st at the prestigious McQuaid Invitational, and 51st at the rugged Marathon Invitational.

She finished 94th in her first trip to States.

Not only did Baird coach two runners to States this season, but the Lady Wolverines finished the season ranked 14th in Class C. They won the Tom Koons Valley Invite, the Small School title at the Owego Invitational, as well as their first IAC Divisional meet title since 1996.

The Lady Wolverines also finished second at the prestigious McQuaid Invitational, Windsor Invitational, and the Chenango Valley Invite, and third at the IAC Championships.

The Waverly boys finished second at the IAC Championships, third at the IAC Divisional meet, and 10th at the Marathon Invitational.

Claypool, who was the Lady Redskins top finisher at each meet this season, finished eighth at the Tom Koons Valley Invite, and 52nd at the Owego Invitational.

She also finished 14th at the NTL Championships, and was 38th at the District 4, Class A Championships.

The remainder of the Girls Cross Country Super 7 is as follows:
Alicia Long, senior, SVEC: Long was the top runner in the Valley early in the season, but injuries slowed her down the stretch.

She finished 17th at the Owego Invitational, 20th at the McQuaid Invitational, and 43rd at the IAC Championships.

Sidney Tomasso, freshman, Waverly: One of Waverly’s top two runners for the majority of this season, Koons won the Tom Koons Valley Invite, finished eighth at the Windsor Invitational, and was 25th at the Owego Invite. She was also 28th at Marathon, 32nd at the McQuaid Invitational, and 49th at the Newark Valley Invite.

Tomasso, who was hampered by a leg injury late in the season, finished 10th at the IAC Divisional meet, 15th at the IAC Championships, and 17th at the Section IV, Class C meet.

Olivia Nittinger, 8th-grader, Waverly: Nittinger, who was one of Waverly’s top two runners for a majority of the season, finished 10th at the IAC Championships, 11th at the IAC Divisional meet, and 11th at the Section IV, Class C Championships.

She finished third at the Tom Koons Valley Invite, ninth at the Windsor Invitational, 40th at the Owego Invitational, and 48th at the Newark Valley Invite.

Emily Arnold, senior, Athens: Arnold was top finisher for the Lady Wildcats in every event she ran this season, finishing sixth at the Tom Koons Valley Invite, 10th at the Whitney Point Invitational, 13th at the Windsor Invitational, 61st at the Owego Invite, 62nd at the Newark Valley Invite, and 70th at the McQuaid Invitational.

 She finished 28th at the District 4, Class AA (Large School) Championships.

Reagan Vaughn, junior, Waverly: Vaughn finished fourth at the Tom Koons Valley Invite, 19th at the Windsor Invitational, 57th at the Owego Invitational, 72nd at Marathon, and 81st at the Newark Valley Invite.

She was eighth at IAC Divisional meet, 13th at the IAC Championships, and 18th at the Section IV, Class B Meet.

Paige Ackley, sophomore, Waverly: Ackley finished seventh at the Tom Koons Valley Invite, 21st at the Windsor Invitational, 50th at the McQuaid Invitational, 59th at the Owego Invite, and 60th at the Marathon Invitational.

She finished 19th at the IAC Divisional meet, 26th at the IAC Championships, and 14th at the Section IV, Class B meet.

Honorable mention:
Waverly sophomores Sheridan Talada, and Elizabeth Fritzen, and Sayre sophomore Kayla Hughey, and freshman Carrie Claypool.

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IN PHOTO: Waverly’s Brandi Welch.



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