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Valley Sports Report
ONEONTA - Waverly junior Collin Wright and Athens senior T.J. Toscano both turned in top-10 performances to lead their respective teams to top-4 finishes here Saturday at the Drew Forbes Invitational.

Ithaca won the team title with 30 placement points, while Delhi was second with 47 points, Waverly was third with 95 points and Athens tallied 162 points for fourth place.

Wright finished ninth in 17:35.4 on the 5K course, and Toscano was 10th in 17:49.4.

Sophomore Kaden Wheeler finished 18th for the Wolverines in a time of 18:30.2, while sophomore Nate Ackley was 22nd in 18:35.7, senior Brandon Bubniak was 25th in 18:43.9, and junior Jayden Rose was 27th in 18:46.1.

Sophomore Liam Traub finished 67th for Waverly in 20:00.4, while sophomore Hunter Elston was 83rd in 20:31.7, sophomore Gavin Schillmoeller was 91st in 21:00.8, freshman Jerrell Sackett was 95th in 21:17.5, and sophomore Sam VanDyke was 113th in 22:20.1.

Sophomore Kyle Anthony was the Wildcats' second finisher, clocking in at 18:42.9 for 24th place, while sophomore Matt Gorsline (18:53.5) and junior Connor Dahl (18:53.6) finished 36th and 37th, respectively.

Sophomore Brendan Jones was 64th for Athens in 19:58.7, while freshman Nat Prickitt was 73rd in 20:09.9, sophomore Sander Bertsch was 80th in 20:23.7, and sophomore Justin Lynch was 90th in 20:56.6.

Waverly returns to action Tuesday at Watkins Glen, while Athens travels to Sullivan County.

Nate Gorsline was the top Athens finisher in the junior varsity race, finishing 24th in a time of 20:52.0 on the 5K course, while Mason Henderson was 41st in 22:20.4, and Dustin Krise was 67th in 24:14.2.

Ben Biles finished 72nd for the Wildcats in 24:42.9, and Mason Oldroyd was 9th in 28:39.3.

Waverly's Matt Atanasoff finished 53rd in 23:04.6, and Joe Fritzen was 91st in 27:15.0.

Athens' Carter Lewis was the top Valley performer, and his teammate Connor Mosher and Waverly's Liam Wright also turned in top-10 performances in the modified  race.

Waverly finished third in the team standings with 80 placement points, while Athens was sixth with 105 points. Delhi won the team title with 62 points, and Owego was second with 66.

Lewis finished the 1.5-mile course in 8:39.3, while Mosher clocked in at 8:50.1, and Wright finished in 8:54.4.

Jake VanHouten (9:14.0) and Payton Fravel (9:21.0) finished 16th and 17th, respectively, for the Wolverines, while Haydon Larson was 25th in 9:59.2. Riley Pipher finished 35th or Waverly in 10:34.6, and Ben Norton-Lantz was 51st in 11:47.8.

Aiden Oldroyd was Athens' third finisher clocking in at 10:41.7 in 38th place, while Pierce Oldroyd was 44th in 10:57.6, and Ryan Gorman (11:05.8) and Zachariah Earls (11:08.4) finished 46th and 47th, respectively.

Gehrig Thurston was 53rd in 12:11.6 for the Wildcats, and Lohith Kinthala was 56th in 13:24.5.


IN PHOTO 1: Waverly's Collin Wright. IN PHOTO 1B: Athens' T.J. Toscano. ... PHOTOS COURTESY OF CHELA BUBNIAK.

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