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STAC TRACK & FIELD: 8TH-GRADER TWEDT MAKES STELLAR VARSITY DEBUT, JOHNSON QUALIFIES FOR STATES AS WAVERLY TEAMS FALL TO CORNING (2024-04-02)

Valley Sports Report
CORNING — Eighth-grader Kaylin Twedt made a stellar varsity debut, and senior Ralph Johnson qualified for States, but the Waverly girls and boys were both overwhelmed by powerhouse Corning teams in STAC track & field action here on a cold and rainy Tuesday afternoon.

Johnson’s winning time of 10.81 seconds in the 100-meter dash hits the super standard, which automatically qualifies him for the New York State Championships in June.

“The weather wasn't great for our first meet of the season, but both the boys and girls groups didn't shy away from it,” said Waverly coach Dave Hogan.  

“Overall, I'm pleased with how both groups responded and performed under poor conditions,” he added. “We have a lot of room for growth and improvement, and we'll target those things in the coming days.”

GIRLS
Corning 105, Waverly 35

Twedt registered three first-place finishes, including a pair of relays, and one second-place finish, but Corning prevailed, 105-35.

Twedt recorded Waverly’s only individual win, clocking at 28.91 seconds in the 200-meter dash, while junior Haylie Davenport was second in 29.57 seconds. Twedt also placed second in the 100-meter dash in 13.69 seconds.

Twedt and Davenport teamed with sophomores Mira Kittle, and Haley Larrabee to win the 400-meter relay in a time of 56.64 seconds.

Twedt, Davenport, and Kittle teamed with junior Kendal Shaffer to win the 1,600-meter relay in a time of 5:02.17.

Freshman Makenzie Olmsted finished second in the 1,500-meter run in a time of 5:20.21. She also finished second in the 800-meter run in a time of 2:45.74.

Senior Mackenzie LaForest placed second in the discus with a toss of 71-feet, 2-inches. She was also second in the shot put at 27-feet, 1 1/2-inches.

Kittle finished third in the 100-meter hurdles in a time of 19.64 seconds.

Senior Caprice Haney finished third in the high jump, clearing the bar at 4-feet.

BOYS
Corning 121, Waverly 20

Benjamin and junior Xavier Watson each had two place-finishes to pace Waverly in a 121-20 loss at Corning.

Benjamin won the shot put with a heave of 38-feet, 8-inches, and sophomore Troy Beeman was second at 36-feet, 5-inches. Benjamin also placed second in the discus with a toss of 107-feet, 11-inches.

Johnson won the 100-meter dash in a time of 10.81 seconds, and Watson was third in 11.68 seconds.

Watson finished second in the high jump at 5-feet, 3-inches.

Waverly returns to action against Chenango Valley on April 9.

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IN PHOTO: Waverly’s Ralph Johnson.

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