By: Tim Birney | | October 19, 2021 | Photo courtesy Chela Bubniak


WAVERLY — Athens freshman Sara Bronson ran away from the field, finishing 42 seconds ahead of runner-up, Waverly freshman Harper Minaker, here Tuesday afternoon in the varsity girls portion of the annual Tom Koons Valley Cross Country Invitational.

The Lady Wildcats won the team title by virtue of having the only complete team.

Bronson clocked in at 20:23, and Minaker finished in 21:05, while Waverly sophomore Elizabeth Vaughn was third in 22:40, Waverly senior Olivia Nittinger was fourth in 23:17, and Athens sophomore Thea Bentley finished fifth in 24:09.

Sayre junior Corey Ault was sixth in 26:50, edging out Athens sophomore Emily Henderson was seventh in 26:52, Athens sophomore Cailyn Conklin was eighth in 27:23, Sayre’s Rose Shikanga was ninth in 27:27, and Waverly sophomore Ally Barrett was 10th in 27:28.

Athens senior Ruby Kinsman finished 11th in 30:48, and Sayre Deborah Shikanga was 12th in 31:23.


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Tim Birney

Tim Birney is the founder / owner of River Road Media Group. He was born and raised in the Valley, graduating from Waverly High School in 1984.

Birney earned an Associate's Degree in Journalism from SUNY Morrisville in 1986 and a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism / Public Relations from Utica College of Syracuse University in 1988. He began his newspaper career at The Daily Review in Towanda in 1989, before moving on to The Evening Times in 1995. He spent more than 10 years at the Times, the last four as Managing Editor.

River Road Media Group includes five sites in "The Sports Reports" family that cover 24 school districts in five counties: Valley Sports Report (launched Aug. 10, 2009), Tioga County (NY) Sports Report (Aug. 13, 2018), and Northern Tier Sports Report (Aug. 31, 2020); Northern Tier West Sports Report (March 15, 2021) Southern Tier Sports Report (Aug. 16, 2021).