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SECTION IV GIRLS TRACK & FIELD: MINAKER, OLMSTED, KITTLE, RELAYS PACE WAVERLY'S EFFORTS AT CLASS C CHAMPIONSHIPS (20 PHOTOS) (2023-05-24)

Valley Sports Report
NEWARK VALLEY — Sophomore Harper Minaker, 8th-grader Makenzie Olmsted, and junior Mira Kittle, as well as a pair of relays, qualified for next week’s Section IV, Division 2 track & Field Championships with top-three finishes here Wednesday at the Class C meet.

(NOTE: The top three finishers in each event automatically qualify for next week’s Section IV, Division 2 State Qualifier. At a seed meeting scheduled for Thursday evening, Section IV coaches will ultimately decide which of their athletes (and in what events) will seek advancement to the state championship through competition.)

Sidney ran away with the team title, amassing 117 points, while second-place Dryden had 75, and third-place Lansing had 58. Waverly was sixth with 35 points.

Minaker placed second in the 2,000-meter steeplechase in a time of 7:57.8.

Olmsted finished third in the 1,500-meter run in a time of 5:09.13, and senior Josie VanDyke was 16th in 6:50.92. Olmsted finished eighth in the 800-meter run in a time of 2:39.19, and Minaker was ninth in 2:39.35.

The foursome of seniors Abigail Knolles, and Natalie Garrity, junior Ally Barrett, and freshman Kiley Stillman finished third in the 400-meter relay in a time of 53.37 seconds.

Knolles teamed with senior Kelsey Ward, and sophomores Addison Westbrook and Haylie Davenport to finish third in the 1,600-meter relay in a time of 4:29.96.

Kittle finished third in the pole vault at 8-feet, 6-inches. Kittle placed eighth in the 100-meter hurdles in time of 17.96 seconds, and freshman Mackenzie Chamberlain was 13th in 20.06 seconds.

Garrity placed fifth in the 200-meter dash in a time of 27.67 seconds, and Barrett was seventh in 27.97 seconds. Barrett also finished seventh in the 100-meter dash in a time of 13.62 seconds, and Stillman was 15th in 13.96 seconds.

Junior Mackenzie LaForest placed sixth in the discus with a toss of 81-feet, 10-inches. She was 11th in the shot put at 27-feet.

Knolles placed eighth in the 400-meter dash in a time of 1:06.03.

Davenport finished eighth in the 400-meter hurdles in a time of 1:16.83, and Chamberlain was ninth in 1:17.04.

Freshman Haley Larrabee finished 15th in the long jump with a leap of 12-feet, 8 3/4-inches.

Waverly returns to action Wednesday and Thursday at the Section IV, Division State Qualifier at Union-Endicott.

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IN PHOTO 1: Waverly’s Harper Minaker. … PHOTOS BY TIM BIRNEY.


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