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Wayne’s youthful athletes efforts recognized

Wayne track and field team is pictured with the county commissioners.

August 13, 2014

With her charges resplendent in their Wayne County Commissioners T-shirts, Kerri Miszler of Wayne County Parks & Recreation, at right in the photo above, recently presented 13 of the 20 athletes who qualified for the 2014 Hershey Track and Field program finals. They are pictured with commissioners Wendell Kay, Brian Smith and Jonathan Fritz.

Finals were held at Penn State University on June 28. Qualifiers placed first at their local meet, and either first or second at the district meet. This year the Wayne contingent included athletes from Wayne’s school districts and others including Valley View and Forest City. They competed in nine different events in their various age groups.

State College competitors recognized on July 24 included:
Girls, 9-10, Rachel Collins, Maeleigh Eldred, Rachel Korty and Nicole Miszler. Riley Cunningham also qualified but did not compete.

Julia Eisele competed among girls, 11-12. Sinaea Buford qualified, but did not compete.

Girls, 13-14 competing included Samantha Atcavage, Paige Barillo, Trina Barcarola,

Gianna Debastiani and Elizabeth Pulice. Gracie Guarino qualified but did not compete

Boys, 11-12, included Jared Bochnovich and Matthew Korty.

Among boys, 13-14, competitors included Johnny Barcarola Justin Bayly, Dyllon Fillebrown and Scott Smith. Nicholas Bochnovich qualified, but did not compete.

Fritz recalled his own participation in youth sports, “the hard work, sweat and tears will pay dividends for the rest of your lives.”

The commissioners also recognized the dedication and support of family and friends who allow these young people to be able to participate in this program. “Don’t forget those who supported you. Remember to say thanks to Mom and Dad,” Kay advised.

The commissioners annually support and locally sponsor Hershey Track and Field for its benefit to the youth of Wayne County. The number of competitors “re-establishes my faith in the future,” Smith said.