|IAC GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY: WAVERLY EARNS FOUR WINS IN OPENING LEAGUE MEET (20 PHOTOS) (2018-09-11)
Valley Sports Report
CANDOR — State-ranked Waverly had five of the top eight finishers to best four other teams, including state-ranked Newark Valley, here Tuesday afternoon in IAC girls cross country action on the 5K course at Iron Kettle Farm.
Waverly, ranked 13th in Class C, tallied 24 placement points, while Newark Valley, ranked 5th in Class C, was second with 31. Dryden, SVEC and Groton had incomplete teams.
"I thought the girls ran very well," said Waverly head coach Scott Baird. "We've been trying to strategize and trying to put ourselves to run with Newark Valley, because that's our test to go to states as a team. Right now, that's still the team that we've got to beat, so if we got a little bit closer that's good.
"I saw that they had a girl that was injured, so I know what they've got. I'm not going to take that for granted."
Elizabeth Fritzen finished third overall in 22:14 to pace the Lady Wolverines, while Sheridan Talada (22:34), Olivia Nittinger (22:35), Brandi Welch (23:12), and Paige Ackley (23:31) finished fifth through eighth, respectively.
Reagan Vaughn finished 14th for Waverly in 25:01, while Zayta Hall was 21st in 29:11, and Kaleigh Atkins finished 24th.
Newark Valley’s Marissa Silba won in a time of 21:33, edging Dryden’s Emily Miller by two seconds. Newark Valley’s Sophie Stewart was fourth in 22:17.
Waverly returns to action Saturday at the Chenango Valley Invitational.
Dryden’s Morgan Scales won the modified race in 11:41 on the 2,470-meter course, while Waverly’s Michela Clymer was second in 12:00.
Abigail Knolles (13:16), Allison Rose (14:04), Allison Rose (14:04) and Ashlen Croft (14:14) finished sixth through ninth for the junior Wolverines.
IN PHOTO: Newark Valley’s Marissa Silba and Waverly’s Elizabeth Fritzen. ... PHOTOS COURTESY OF CHELA BUBNIAK.
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