BY TIM TAYLOR
Tioga County Sports Report
ENDICOTT — A Newark Valley duo and an S-VE standout are headed to the state championships following impressive performances at the Section IV Girls Track & Field State Qualifier at U-E High School’s Ty Cobb Stadium here Friday.
The Cardinals’ Marissa Silba won the overall and Division II titles in the 2,000 steeplechase while teammate Kayla Malarkey won the Division II pentathlon. Joining the duo next week will be the Panthers’ Jenna Squier, who bested the qualifying standard in the high jump.
Silba led from start to finish in the steeplechase and posted a time of 7:26.44, nearly 3 1/2 seconds better than her seed time. Among those she topped were Corning’s Claire Mason and M-E’s Lindsey Stokes, both of whom had broken 7:05 this season.
Malarkey had a nice lead over Newfield’s Jenna Goodwin after three events in the pentathlon and the Trojan standout was unable to catch her on day two despite a win in the 800.
Following day one, Malarkey led Division II with 1,426 points and Goodwin had 1,192. Malarkey extended her lead in the long jump to 1,776-1,507 and took the victory with 2,216 points to Goodwin’s 2,135.
Squire placed second overall and second in Division II by clearing 5-2 in the high jump. She came in seeded third at five feet even and needed to win or reach 5-1 to qualify for states.
NV’s Sophie Stewart placed third overall and in Division II in the steeplechase with a time of 7:41.62.
The Cardinals’ Madison Sherwood bettered her pole vault seed height by five inches. She and three other vaulters cleared 9-8, the second-highest effort. She tied for fourth overall and third in Division II based on number of missed attempts.
S-VE’s Ryleigh Clark placed sixth overall and third in Division II in the triple jump with a leap of 34-8.
NV’s Leah Williams finished seventh overall and fourth in Division II with a 34-4 1/2.
Owego’s Danielle Knapp was 16th overall in the steeplechase and 11th in Division II in 9:24.41.
NV’s Emma Miller took 19th overall and ninth in Division II in the 1500, clocking 5:18.04.
Owego’s Katie Shoen was 20th overall and 10th in Division II in the 1500 with a time of 5:20.8.
The Cardinals’ 4x400 relay of Williams, Sherwood, Stewart and Maris Aylesworth placed fifth overall and fourth in Division II with a time of 4:14.95.
In the 4x800 relay, Owego’s Jenna Hunsinger, Jen Scott, Shoen and Ashleigh Gault took 11th overall and seventh in Division II with a time of 10:47.98 while NV’s Ashley Holt, Molly McCloskey, Silba and Miller were 13th overall and ninth in Division II in 10:52.07.
S-VE suffered a tough setback in the 4x100 relay when it was unable to complete the initial hand-off inside the zone. The Panthers were seeded fifth going into the final.
The state meet will be held June 7-8 at Middletown High School.
IN PHOTO 1: S-VE’s Jenna Squire cuts it close, but clears the bar in the high jump. … PHOTOS 1-21 BY TIM TAYLOR. PHOTOS 22-24 COURTESY OF CHELA BUBNIAK.
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