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Valley Sports Report
ITHACA — Waverly senior Isaac Chandler will be flying solo at the state meet this year after repeating as Section IV champ in the pole vault here Saturday at the Indoor Track & Field State Qualifier at Cornell University.

Chandler soared over the bar at 15 feet to earn a trip to the New York State Championships on March 7 at the Ocean Breeze Track & Field Facility on Staten Island.

Last year, Chandler, who missed more than a month of the season with an injury, qualified in the pole vault and the 55-meter hurdles. He was joined at States by classmates Melina Ortiz and Sheridan Talada.

A pair of school record also fell Saturday, with junior Collin Wright and senior Marissa Eisenhower put their names in the WHS record book.

Wright finished fifth in the 3,200-meter run in a school-record time of 10:09.8, breaking his old mark of 10:17.52 from earlier this season.

Waverly’s 3,200-meter relay foursome of Wright, junior Jayden Rose, sophomore Nate Ackley, and senior Brandon Bubniak finished fourth in a time of 9:15.02. The 400-meter relay team also finished fourth in a time of 3:58.91. The 800-meter relay team finished ninth in a time of 1:45.17

Wright was seventh in the 1,600-meter run in a time of 4:48.61, and Ackley was 13th in 4:54.12.

Junior Jayden Rose finished ninth in the 1,000-meter run in a time of 2:52.0., and 8th-grader Ralph Johnson finished 12th in the 55-meter dash in a time of 7.06 seconds.

Bubniak finished 15th in the 600-meter run in a time of 1:34.4, and junior Alex Gadow was 22nd in 1:39.1. Gadow finished 17th in the weight throw with a heave of 29-feet, 10 1/4-inches.

Junior Skyler Dengler was 18th in the 55-meter hurdles in a time of 10.24 seconds.

Eisenhower finished eighth in the hammer throw with a school-record heave of 36-feet, 5 1/2-inches, breaking her own mark of 34-feet, 10 3/4-inches set last week at a hammer throw competition at Cornell. She also set the school record last year at 33-feet, 1-inch.

Ortiz finished third in the 55-meter dash in a time of 7.62 seconds. She was fourth in the 300-meter dash in a time of 44.0 seconds.

Talada finished third in the 3,000-meter run in a time off 10:44.2, and senior Cora Smith was fourth in 10:54.0. Talada finished 11th in the 1,500-meter run in 5:16.42, and Smith was 14th in 5:22.31.

The 3,200-meter relay foursome of Talada, Smith, and seniors Elizabeth Fritzen and Paige Ackley finished third in a time of 10:30.23.

Fritzen finished seventh in the 1,000-meter run in a time of 3:15.4, and Ackley was 11th in 3:23.2.

Senior Alyssa Simonetti finished seventh in the 55-meter hurdles in a time of 9.76 seconds. She posted the sixth-fastest time in the preliminaries at 9.69 seconds.

Senior Zoe Lunduski finished 11th in the 1,500-meter race walk in a time of 10:34.3, and senior Rachel Ovedovitz was 12th in 11:06.0.

Eisenhower finished 12th in the shot put with a throw of 30-feet, 5 1/2-inches.



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