TRUMANSBURG — Some surprising wins and top-six placements put Waverly’s boys atop the team standings after the first day of the IAC Championships.
Waverly’s girls got points from the usual suspects and sit in fourth with a day of competition remaining.
At Tioga, the Tigers girls are in a tie for seventh and the boys have had some seventh-place finishes, just one spot out of logging a score.
Notre Dame’s ladies are in fifth, just six points behind Waverly, while the Crusaders boys are tied for 13th.
The IAC reconvenes today at 4 p.m. to finish off the 2018 league championships.
Waverly’s rise to the top of the standings was fueled by a pair of wins — one expected and one not.
The surprise was Caden Wheeler’s effort of 20-feet, 6-inches to win the long jump. Matt VanHouten who also placed fourth in the high jump at 5-feet, 8-inches, also topped 20 feet, by a half-inch, to place fourth in the long jump.
Waverly’s other win was expected, as Isaac Chandler ran a 15.86 in the 110-meter hurdles prelims, then ran a winning 15.64 in the final.
To say Waverly’s lead is tenuous would be an understatement. Waverly has 39 points, just five more than second-place Trumansburg’s 34. Union Springs, strong all season, sits in third with 32 points. Dryden and Lansing, also league powers, are fourth and fifth with 30 and 29 points, respectively. Notre Dame has four team points and Tioga hasn’t yet scored.
Dalton Loper and Dave Hallett both qualified for the final in the 100-meter dash and placed. Loper was third with a time of 11.50, his best of the year, and Hallett ran a season-best 11.81 to take fifth.
In addition, Waverly’s Collin Wright placed fifth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, running a 10:54.20 and the 4x800-meter relay team of Brandon Bubniak, Trent Wright, Nate Ackley, and Wright ran a 9:12.86 to place sixth.
Steven Segal accounted for Notre Dame’s points with a fourth-place run of 4:34.89 in the 1,600-meter run.
Tioga’s guys had a couple of close misses, as Ezra Steele was seventh in the steeplechase and Tioga’s 4x100-meter relay team was seventh in the prelims, one spot — and .45 of a second — away from the final qualifying spot.
A number of local ladies had good showings, but none matched Elle Nittinger’s effort in the discus throw. Nittinger has been edging upward for a time, approaching the state standard of 112-feet, 5-inches. Thursday, she obliterated that mark, throwing the discus 115-feet, 4-inches to win by nearly 20 feet.
Nittinger also had a hand in the Lady Wolverines’ second-place run in the 4x800-meter relay. She, Stephanie Hyland, Elizabeth Fritzen and Cora Smith ran a time of 10:14.26.
Smith also took fourth in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 5:05.16.
Also placing for the Lady Wolverines was Sheridan Talada, who was fifth in the 2,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 8:29.88.
Notre Dame placed in three events Thursday, led by Taylor Gray’s second-place throw of 97-feet, 4-inches in the discus.
Another individual placewinner for the Lady Crusaders was Alyssa Walker, who took third in the 1,500-meter run, clocking in at 4:47.99.
In addition, Notre Dame’s Kristen Oplinger, Claire Kubinski, Maddie Wirth and Piper Young ran a 10:22.67 to place third in the 4x800-meter run.
The highlight for Tioga was Martha Schumacher’s winning run in the 400-meter dash, clocking in at 1:02.12.
The Lady Tigers also had a trio of fifth-place finishes.
Audra Jaye was fifth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 13.16 and took fifth in the pole vault, clearing the bar at 9-feet. Also, Emily Polo Rankin ran a 17.91 in the 100-meter hurdles final for fifth.