BRONSONS RECORD TOP 20 FINISHES IN SMALL SCHOOL RACE AT McQUIAD INVITATIONAL

By: Tim Birney | AthensWildcats.com | October 2, 2021 | Photo courtesy Liza Henderson

 
BRONSONS RECORD TOP 20 FINISHES IN SMALL SCHOOL RACE AT McQUIAD INVITATIONAL
 

ROCHESTER — The Athens duo of freshman Sara Bronson and junior Emma Bronson, and Waverly freshman Harper Minaker all finished in the top 20 in the Small Schools race at the prestigious McQuaid Invitational here Saturday at the Genesee Valley Park.

Athens finished 18th in the team standings in a race that featured 30 complete teams, and a field of 260 runners.

“McQuaid is always a great experience for the kids,” said Athens coach Scott Riley. “It’s the largest field size they compete in all season.

“This gives all the kids other runners to race with throughout their race,” he noted. “Saturday was no different, and we saw strong efforts from all the kids as we head into the last few weeks of the regular season.

“These were very competitive races with schools from all around the region,” added Riley.

Sara Bronson finished 12th in 20:01.5, and  junior Emma Bronson was 16th in 20:13.4 to lead the Lady Wildcats, while sophomore Thea Bentley was 147th in 24:12.0, sophomore Emily Henderson was 215th in 26:17.3, and sophomore Cailyn Conklin was 217th in 26:24.0.

Minaker led the Lady Wolverines with a 23rd-place finish in 20:28.9, while sophomore Elizabeth Vaughn was 62nd in 22:02.6, senior Olivia Nittinger was 126th in 23:40.3, and sophomore Ally Barrett was 210th in 26:02.1.

JUNIOR HIGH RACE
Athens finished 17th out of 21 complete teams, while Waverly was incomplete. There were 181 runners in the field.

Waverly 7th-grader Lauren Gorsline finished 15th in a time of 10:57.4, while 7th-grader Taylor Sinsabaugh was 82nd in 13:11.2, and 8th-grader Sophie Williams was 134th in 14:51.0.

Eighth-grader Addison Bruns finished 16th in 10:58.6 to lead the junior ‘Cats, while 8th-grader Olivia Cheresnowsky was 67th in 12:39.9, 8th-grader Kayla Marshall was 97th in 13:34.6, 8th-grader Victoria Gao was 100th in 13:40.9, and 8th-grader Madeline Henderson was 170th in 18:22.2.

 

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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 Valley Sports Report (launched Aug. 10, 2009), Tioga County (NY) Sports Report (Aug. 13, 2018), and Northern Tier Sports Report (Aug. 31, 2020). Southern Tier Sports Report is set to launch in 2021.