Valley Sports Report
CORNING — Junior Isaac Chandler punched his ticket to States, sophomore Collin Wright broke a school record, and junior Melina Ortiz was a triple-winner to lead Waverly’s efforts here Friday at the Fast Times Track & Field Invitational.
Chandler won the pole vault, clearing the bar at 14-feet, which meets the new state “super standard” and automatically qualifies him of the New York State Championships in Middletown as long as he competes at the Section IV State Qualifier.
Wright won the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a school-record time of 10:14.33, breaking the previous mark of 10:20.1 set by Jeremy Orshal in 2005.
Corning ran away with the team title, amassing 199 points, well ahead of runner-up Horseheads, which had 101 points. Waverly finished third with 88.5 points.
Chandler tied for first in the 110-meter hurdles in a time of 16.2 seconds for the Wolverines’ only other win. He finished third in the long jump at 19-feet, 8 1/4-inches
The foursome of Collin Wright, sophomore Jayden Rose, junior Brandon Bubniak, and freshman Nate Ackley finished second in the 3,200-meter relay in a time of 9:00.3.
Chandler teamed with freshman Sam VanDyke, sophomore David Hallett, and 7th-grader Ralph Johnson finished third in the 400-meter relay in a time of 46.48 seconds.
Sam VanDyke finished fifth in the 400-meter dash in 55.55 seconds, and senior Trent Wright was sixth at 55.95 seconds.
The foursome of Trent Wright, senior Tyler Saxon, sophomore Alex Godow, and Sam VanDyke finished fifth in the 1,600-meter relay in a time of 3:47.74.
Junior Brandon Clark finished sixth in the shot put with a heave of 96-feet, 5-inches, and Johnson finished eighth in the 200-meter dash in 25.01 seconds.
Corning cruised to the team total with 172 points, well ahead of runner-up Horsheads, which had 130 points. Elmira finished third with 89.2 points, while Waverly was fourth with 62, Edison was fifth with 58, and Candor and Lansing tied for sixth with 47.
Ortiz won the 100-meter dash in a time of 13.3 seconds, and junior Sadie VanAllen was fifth at 14.03 seconds. Ortiz also won the 200-meter dash in a time of 27.0 seconds, while senior Sarah Uhl was fourth in 28.74 seconds, and VanAllen was seventh at 29.41 seconds.
Ortiz teamed with senior Stephanie Hyland, VanAllen, and Uhl to win the 400-meter relay in a time of 52.05 seconds.
The only other win for the Lady Wolverines was provided by senior Kennedy Wheeler. She won the shot put with a heave of 33-feet, 10-inches, and junior Marissa Eisenhower was sixth at 29-feet, 1/2-inch. Wheeler finished seventh in the discus at 80-feet, 5-inches.
Junior Sheridan Talada finished second in the 2,000-meter steeplechase in a time of 8:06.14. Talada finished fourth in the 3,000-meter run in a time of 11:14.39.
The foursome of Ortiz, Hyland, junior Elizabeth Fritzen, and freshman Olivia Nittinger finished third in the 1,600-meter relay in a time of 4:21.22.
Fritzen finished fifth in the 800-meter run in a time of 2:30.45
Senior Sarah Wood finished fifth in the high jump at 4-feet, and freshman Sydney Nierstedt was sixth at 4-feet.
Junior Alyssa Simonetti finished sixth in the 100-meter hurdles in a time of 17.8 seconds.
Waverly returns to action Thursday and Friday at the IAC Championships at Trumansburg.
IN PHOTO 1: Waverly’s Collin Wright. … PHOTOS COURTESY OF CHELA BUBNIAK.