Waverly gets three individuals to states
Coming into Thursday Waverly had three runners who had a chance to make it to states.
And, despite the inclement weather, everything broke their way as all three ran the races they needed to make it qualify at the Section IV, Class C state qualifier.
In the girls' race Kelsey Frank took third overall in 20:18.9 while teammate Kaylee Uhl was sixth i n21:06.0. On the boys' side Collin Traub finished sixth as well to qualify in 17:16.5.
"It was a wet day," Waverly coach Scott Baird commented. "But that was a really good scenario. All three of them ran a very smart race, a position race where they just set themselves up a chance to advance. That was awesome."
Frank was especially excited since it is her first time qualifying.
"She's just like a little girl that's bouncing around on cloud nine," remarked Baird. "She ran a very, very good race. She got her revenge on the girl from Newark Valley and wasn't too far from the girl in second. I've very happy for her."
Frank turned it on mid-season and never looked back.
"Once the light bulb went off this season it totally turned her around," explained Baird. "It was validation that she is a good distance runner. I'm really happy for her."
This will be Uhl's second time going to states but the first time since she was in eighth grade.
"She got the monkey off her back," Baird said. "She looked like she had a little bit of a struggle but she fought back and put herself in position to have a strong finish."
Trumansburg won the girls' race and since there was a Trumansburg girl in the top five Uhl got the individual spot.
"She really liked running in the rain," remarked Baird.
As for Traub, he needed a strong finish to take sixth.
"He was pretty tight all the way through," Baird explained. "He passed a kid with 600 (meters) to go, then he got passed, then Colin passed him again at the finish."
In the team standings Waverly girls took fourth with 107 points while the boys were sixth with 162. Trumansburg won the both races, taking the girls with 70 while winning the boys with 57.
Also for the boys Randy Chandler had a top 15 finish in 12th at 18:12.1. Also for the Wolverines Mark Kraus was 38th in 19:17.3, Garrett Sutryk was 43rd in 19;27.3 and Hunter Bodine was 82nd in 21:38.7
On the girls' side Katelyn Moore was 24th in 22:44.6, Breanna Featherson was 28th in 22:54.6 and Katie Dibble was 58th in 26:03.6 to round out the top seven.
For Baird having three runners qualify for states is the best his team's have done in the four years he's been coach.
"It was validation for all three of them and validation for our program," he said. "It's come a long way since I've taken over, the attitude of the kids and the work ethic of the kids. Just to see the smiles on their faces, I'm so happy for them."
Tioga had two girls run in the Class D race.
Allison Schweiger was 29th in 25:03.9 while Madeleine Hoover was 41st in 26:57.9