Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Scholarship Dash for Cash a Success at Tioga Downs

Sunday afternoon saw a few firsts for Tioga Downs in Nichols, New York.

It had its first sub-1:49 mile in history and also held its first High School Scholarship race for five seniors from area high schools.

The students worked on three separate occasions with trainers from the Tioga Downs backstretch and then teamed up with drivers Sunday afternoon between races two and three for their dash for cash.

Teamed up in double seated jog carts, the students raced one time around the 5/8-mile track.

It was a photo finish at the wire as all five students were within a length-and-a-half of each other.

Hannah Allford (Athens Are High School) was teamed up with Phil Fluet and came in first place, receiving a $3,000 scholarship.

Katherine Cybulak (Sayre High School) with Mike Deters came in second while earning a $2,000 scholarship to further her education.

Martha “Mattie” Van De Wall (Waverly High School) with Tyler Freese earned a $1,200 scholarship for finishing third.

Mary Goodspeed (Tioga Central High School) and Corey Braden finished fourth and earned an $800 scholarship, while Kaylee Goodrich (Owego Free Academy) and Edgar Clarke finished fifth and will receive a $500 scholarship.

Tioga Downs would like to thank each participating high school, the horsemen at Tioga Downs who helped with the event, the Harness Horse Breeders of NYS and the STHHA (Southern Tier Harness Horsemen’s Association.