NEW YORK STATE GIRLS TRACK & FIELD: WAVERLY'S SMITH RESPONDS WELL FOLLOWING LENGTHY WAIT (2019-06-07)
BY TIM TAYLOR
Valley Sports Report
MIDDLETOWN — Waverly’s Cora Smith waited — and waited — and waited. Finally, after a one-hour plus delay, she got to compete in her first NYSPHSAA Track & Field Championships here Friday.
The Wolverine junior would finish 18th overall and 10th in Division II with a time of 10:25.45. She ran well, but was in a heat that didn’t have a dominant runner to go out and set a strong pace early.
Waverly girls coach Scott Baird was pleased with Smith’s effort.
“I think it was awesome,” he said. “She waited a long time today. This meet got so far pushed back. This was a long day. I wasn’t sure how she was going to respond, but she did what I think she needed to do. I am so proud of her.”
Assistant coach Nate Culver has been working with the Waverly distance runners and he too liked Smith’s performance.
“This was her first experience here, and being new to it, I would say she ran very smart,” he said. “She ran to the pace of the race and that’s what we asked her to do and she did it. I’m very proud of it.”
PHOTOS BY TIM TAYLOR.