|IAC TRACK & FIELD: GUTIERREZ HOPING TIOGA CAN BUILD ON 2017 SUCCESS (2018-04-03)
Valley Sports Report
TIOGA CENTER Tioga sent 13 athletes to the Section IV Track & Field State Qualifier last year, and coach Eric Gutierrez is hoping the Tigers can expand on that success in 2018.
Both the boys and girls teams also finished second in the IAC South Small School Division title chase with 4-1 records.
The Tigers return school record-holders in sophomore Ezra Steele (steeplechase), as well as Tony Passetti, Alex Bloss, Kobe Enberg, Jared Lamb, Ty Middendorf, Sean Walker, Dominic Wood, Evan Hubbard.
Senior DeMario Chambers, who broke the school record in the triple jump last year, will miss the season after suffering a torn ACL late in the basketball season.
Newcomers for the boys in 2018 are Kyle Lunger, David MacWhinnie, Cameron Bosell, Kyle Earley, Jacob Fethers, Nathan Jaye, Lucas Nichols, Brayden Vargason, Christopher Walsh, Matt Watson, Emmett Wood.
Returning for the Lady Tigers are Audra Jaye, Martha Schumacher, Emily Polo Rankin, Kylee Thetga, Rachel Whitcomb, Joanna Wood, Sue Ann Grantham, Hailey Sargent, Mackenzie Macumber, and Jenna Smolinsky.
Newcomers are Lauren Tinney, Cameron Mushock, Megan White, Jocelyn Bradley, Brianna Rossi, Claire Shelp, Gwen Watson, Maya Mushock, Kate Burrowes, Emme Hall, Mariah Nichols, and Julia Walsh.
We had some success last season and is looking to expand on that this season, said Gutierrez. The Lady Tigers have a solid group coming back to a team that sent eight ladies to the Section IV Championships last season, with many placing in the top 10 in their event.
The girls were really close to repeating as IAC champs but a few girls could not make the meet, he added.
Tioga opens the 2018 season Tuesday at Thomas A. Edison.
IN PHOTO: Tioga's Ezra Steele.
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