Tioga County Sports Report
MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. — The NYSPHSAA Track & Field Championships produced some exciting moments and impressive performances from Tioga County athletes.
Owego’s Nate Bowers placed third in the Division II 3200. His time of 9:27.84 was more than 40 seconds faster than in 2018 when he finished 11th.
He also teamed with Derek Sarrge, Cameron Szabo and Lewis Race to take sixth in the 4x800 relay with a time of 8:03.01. Had Bowers not been tripped up by an opponent, the Indians most likely would have broken their school record and placed fourth. Sarrge and Szabo were part of the quartet which took fourth in 2018. This year’s group posted a time that was more than 4.7 seconds faster than last year’s.
Szabo also ran in the 800, placing eighth in 1:57.26.
Classmate Colby Selover earned eighth place in the discus with a throw of 141-9.
Candor’s Lance Jensen maneuvered through the 400 hurdles to a fifth-place showing, clocking 55.57 seconds in the process. That was nearly three seconds faster than last year, when he took 11th.
Newark Valley’s Kayla Malarkey took 12th in what was just her third pentathlon. She would collect a pair of top-five showings in the process, placing fourth in the 100 hurdles (17.55 seconds) and fifth in the shot put (28-1 1/2). Her shot put heave was a personal best in pentathlon competition.
The Cardinals’ Marissa Silba ran the 2,000 steeplechase and S-VE’s Jenna Squier competed in the high jump.
Waverly had some strong showings as well.
Isaac Chandler placed third in the pole vault, clearing 14-6, and eighth in the 110 hurdles with a time of 15.03 seconds.
The quartet of Elizabeth Fritzen, Sheridan Talada, Olivia Nittinger and Cora Smith finished sixth in the 4x800 relay while establishing a new school record of 9:45.54. The previous record was 9:49.97.
Melina Ortiz took eight in the 400 in 1:00.48.
Smith was also 10th in the 3,000 in 10:25.45.
Also competing for the Wolverines were Dylan Ward in the 800 and Collin Wright in the 3,000 steeplechase.
PHOTOS 1-19 BY TIM TAYLOR. PHOTO 20 COURTESY OF CHELA BUBNIAK.
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