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WVHS Track: Thinclads Hope to Shine at Home

Wyalusing Valley sophomore Erika Huffman will seek to defend her Northern Tier League Large School 800-meter title on her home track Saturday.

Huffman, who was Wyalusing’s only event winner at last year’s league meet, will be favored in the event with her seeded time of 2:20.54, run at the Lasagna Invitational on April 29.

The meet, which will decide the Northern Tier League Large School champions for both boys and girls, is slated to begin at 9:30 a.m. at Wyalusing’s Peterson Stadium with field events at 9:30 a.m., including the girls’ pole vault, shot put and long jump and the boys’ javelin and long jump.

Track events open at 10 a.m. with trials in the girls’ 100 hurdles, boys’ 110 hurdles and the 100 dashes. The 200 dash will be run as finals only in the afternoon. The only morning track final will be the 3200 relay.

Starting at approximately 12:15 p.m., the remainder of the track finals will be held.

The other field events are slated as follows: boys’ high jump (10:30 a.m.), boys’ shot put and girls’ javelin at 11 a.m.; boys’ pole vault and triple jump and girls’ triple jump at 12 p.m.; girls’ high jump and boys’ discus at 12:30 p.m. and girls’ discus at 2 p.m.

Besides Wyalusing, the other schools participating are Athens, North Penn, Towanda, Troy and Wellsboro.

Wellsboro is the defending girls’ champion and is the prohibitive favorite again.

Wyalusing, which just missed a second-place finish last year, should be locked in another dogfight with Athens for runner-up honors. The Lady Wildcats edged out Wyalusing by just four points at last year’s meet.

Key returners for Wyalusing from last year’s third-place squad are Abby Fogel in the distance runs; Kaitlyn Faulkner in the hurdles and long jump; Elesha Schulze, Claire Howard and Savannah Schools in the high jump; Lindsay Schulze in the long jump and triple jump; Jessica Hotaling in the sprints and Jessica Carr in the pole vault.

Newcomer Alexis Daly should also score points for the Lady Rams in the throws. Denae Boyanowski has been strong in the discus in recent meets.

Last year, the Wyalusing boys had a lackluster championship meet, finishing last.

While the Rams don’t figure to win many individual events, their depth may be key in what figures to be a very competitive team race.

On paper, Athens figures to be the early favorite as it can count on four wins from Jarred Gambrell in the triple jump, long jump and sprints and dominant performances in the hurdles, led by Kyle Pane, Nick Payne and Bradley Miner.

Wyalusing’s best hopes for individual titles are in the field events where Tucker Allyn should be the favorite in the high jump and a strong contender to win the javelin along with teammate Ryan Miller.

Tracey LaFrance and Anthony Benninger will be strong contenders in the shot put and discus.

Lewis Adams and newcomer Aaron Johnson hope to post good finishes in the sprints and jumps.

In the longer runs of 400 and up, Stephan Tewksbury, Tyler Sutton, Jordan Knapp, Ryan Hart and Aaron Woodruff hope to contribute.

Tim Kuntz should also score well in the pole vault.

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