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Valley Sports Report
NEWARK VALLEY - Junior Ralph Johnson warmed up a chilly afternoon with a blazing school-record time in the 200-meter dash, and senior Kayleb Bechy eclipsed the 11-second barrier in the 100-meter dash here Thursday at the Section IV, Class C Track & Field Championships.

Junior Micah Chandler was a triple-winner, and Johnson, Bechy, and senior Jerrell Sackett were double-winners to lead the Wolverines to a third-place finish in the team standings. Dryden won the team title with 86 points, while runner-up Lansing had 81 points, and Waverly and Oneonta tied with 74 points each. Sidney was fifth with 57 points.

(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.)

Johnson won the 200-meter dash in a school-record time of 21.95 seconds, eclipsing the mark of 22.01 seconds set by Jake Puusalu in 2005. It also lowers his Super Standard time set earlier this season.

"We are proud of Ralph for rallying after an unfortunate false start in the 100-meter dash trials," said Waverly coach Dave Hogan. "He was able to re-focus and positively respond in the 200."

Senior Jerrell Sackett was second in the 200 in 22.27 seconds, and senior Treyton Moore was ninth in 23.75 seconds. Johnson’s time secures a Super Standard performance.

"Jerrell is now guaranteed to run in the 200-meter dash. alongside Ralph (Johnson) at the NYSPHSAA Championship in June, as long as he performs in the event in next week's qualifier," said Hogan.

Bechy won the 100-meter dash in time of 10.87 seconds, which is second all-time in program history behind Glenn Fassett’s 1998 mark of 10.81 seconds. The time also improves on his New York State super standard time, originally set earlier this season.

"Kayleb got out fast and held on strong to win the race," said Hogan. "We knew he hadn't felt entirely satisfied with his recent races, so this was an awesome way to get him back to a better place mentally going into the qualifier next week."

Junior Charlie Larrabee was 13th in the 100 in 11.86 seconds, and junior Ralph Johnson was disqualified for a false start in the final preliminary heat.

Chandler won the 400-meter hurdles in a time of 57.17 seconds, and senior Oscar Williams was fifth in 1:05.13.

"(Chandler) ran a strong, competitive race to beat out a tough opponent from Sidney," said Hogan.

Bechy, Johnson, Sackett, and Chandler teamed to win the 400-meter relay in a time of 43.55 seconds.

Sackett, and Chandler teamed with Moore, and junior Charlie Larrabee to win the 1,600-meter relay in a time of 3:33.91.

Junior Josh Courtney finished third in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in a personal-best time of 11:27.8.

Sophomore Payton Fravel finished third in the pole vault at 11-feet, and freshman Hayden Howe was 11th at 8-feet.

Moore finished fifth in the 400-meter dash in a time of 55.11 seconds, and Larrabee was 12th in 57.12 seconds.

Junior Liam Wright placed seventh in the 3,200-meter run in a time of 11:08.49.

The foursome of Wright, Courtney, Howe, and freshman Nolan Sheffler finished eighth in the 3,200-meter relay in a time of 10:18.21.

Sophomore Seth Noto placed eighth in the long jump at 17-feet, 4 3/4-inches.

Junior Jake Benjamin finished eighth in the discus with a toss of 108-feet, 1-inch, while senior Ryan Clark was 11th at 102-feet, 10-inches, and freshman Troy Beeman was 16th at 95-feet, 6-inches.

Benjamin also placed eighth in the shot put with a heave of 37-feet, 6 3/4-inches, and Beeman was 14th at 34-feet, 6-inches.

Junior Nehemiah Anthony finished ninth in the 110-meter hurdles in a time of 19.27 seconds, and Clark was 14th in 21.06 seconds.

Sheffler finished 14th in the 1,600-meter run in a time of 5:50.22.

Senior Isaiah Bretz finished 16th in the triple jump with a mark of 32-feet, 3 3/4-inches.

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


IN PHOTO 1: Waverly’s Kayleb Bechy. … PHOTOS BY TIM BIRNEY.

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