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Tioga County Sports Report
TIOGA COUNTY — Spencer-Van Etten senior John Garrison has been among the area’s most competitive distance runners since his days in the modified ranks.

Now, he has capped his scholastic career by being named the 2023 All-Tioga County Boys Cross Country “Runner of the Year.”

Garrison placed ninth at the Class D state championships, those coming after winning Section IV, IAC, and IAC South titles. He also finished first at the Owego, Bob Greene/Newark Valley, Forbes and Marathon invitationals, and was unbeaten in dual meets. He also led the Panthers to the IAC South championship.

The “Newcomer of the Year” is Owego’s Javan Belokur. The sophomore started out the season as a junior varsity runner and placed eighth, third, second and first, respectively, in JV invites. By the time he qualified for the Class B state championships with a seventh-place showing at sectionals, he had knocked 76 seconds off his first time of the season.

River Hawks coach John Heath led his charges to the STAC Central team championship, a runner-up finish at sectionals and fourth at the STAC meet. The “Coach of the Year” sent two runners (plus two girls competitors) to the state meet.

ROY: John Garrison, Spencer-Van Etten
NOY: Javan Belokur, Owego
COY: John Heath, Owego

First Team
Magavin Allen, Owego, Sophomore
Javan Belokur, Owego, Sophomore
Nick Brown, Owego, Junior
DerricK Singer, Owego, Junior
Sully O’Donnell, Owego, Junior
Levi Saunders, Owego, Freshman
John Garrison, Spencer-Van Etten, Senior
Eddie Rixford, Spencer-Van Etten, Senior

Second Team
Marcos Escalante, Newark Valley, Sophomore
Brian Belanger, Spencer-Van Etten, Senior
Sam Cunningham, Owego, Senior
Gavin Heath, Owego, Sophomore
Noah Heath, Owego, Senior
Talon Wood, Tioga, Sophomore
Braylon DeKay, Waverly, Senior
Chase Hine, Waverly, Freshman

NOTE: All-stars are listed alphabetically by school, then by name.


IN PHOTO: S-VE’s John Garrison. ... TCSR STOCK PHOTO.

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