Induction Class of 2006, WCS Class of 1968
Participated in soccer, basketball and baseball
Tom had an outstanding career in basketball. As a junior, he was a key member of the undefeated 17-0 County Championships Team that reached the Section V Championship game before suffering their first loss of the season. He returned to his senior year to lead the team, averaging 21 points per game on the way to a 15-1 record to repeat as county champions.
Tom is still recognized by many as one of the finest basketball players to graduate from Wayland. Following graduation, Tom went to St. Bonaventure University, where he played with NBA Hall of Famer Bob Lanier and made the NCAA men's basketball tournament final four in 1970.
Bernard "Bernie" Belanger,
Induction Class of 2011, WCS Class of 1957
Participated in soccer and basketball
Bernie was the first Wayland athlete to start on the varsity soccer and basketball teams as a freshman. He lettered in both sports all four years of his high school career, earning eight varsity letters in the two sports.
Bernie was a member of the First Team League and County All Star Teams in soccer during his junior and senior years. He was also a member of the First Team League and County All Star Team in basketball during his sophomore, junior and senior years. During the 1955-56 season, he was the county scoring leader with an average of 18.9 points per game. In the season 1956-57, he led the county in scoring with an average of 21.2 points per game and also average 16 rounds per game.
Bernie served two years in the Army after graduation. He had five children in the Wayland Central District and has retired to Florida.
Induction Class of 2007, WCCS Class of 1995
Participated in soccer, basketball and softball
Kristie had an outstanding career in soccer, basketball and softball. In soccer, she was selected to the Livingston County All Star Team during her junior and senior year. As a senior, Kristie was also selected to the Livingston County Exceptional Senior Team.
In basketball, she was selected to the Livingston County All Star Team during her junior and senior years. As a senior, Kristie was selected All Greater Rochester All Star Team and played in the Ronald McDonald All Star Game. Kristie broke the single points, single season and career scoring records and the career rebounding record for the basketball program.
In softball, she was a member of the 1995 Section V Class CCC Championship Team and was named the Section V Class CCC Most Valuable Player. She was selected to the Livingston County All Star Team during her junior and senior years. As a senior, Kristie was also selected to the Livingston County Exceptional Senior Team.
Following graduation, Kristie went on to have a successful basketball career at Niagara University.
Induction Class of 2013; WCCS Class of 1999
Participated in volleyball, swimming and softball
Volleyball - Varsity 10th through 12th grades
- Named to LCAA Division 1 All Star Team 10th, 11th, 12th grade;
- Team captain 11th, 12th grade
- Wegman's October Athlete of the Month
- Names LCAA Exceptional Senior Team
- Team MVP 11th grade; Co-MVP 12th grade
- 604 kills, 801/877 serves made (91%), 162 service aces
Softball - Varsity 10th through 12th grades
- 176 career at bats, 62 career hits, career average: .307,
- Three-year starter in varsity softball
- Livingston County Division 1 Champion - 1997
- Class B Sectional Finalist - 1998
Swimming - Varsity 9th - 12th grades
- Upon graduation, Stacey held the school records in 200 medly relay, 200 freestyle, 200 individual medley, 50 freestyle, 100 butterfly, 100 freestyle, 500 freestyle, 200 freestyle relay, 100 backstroke, 400 freestyle relay; As of 2013, Stacey still holds school records in the 200 freestyle relay, 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke;
- LCAA All-Star all four years of high school
- LCAA Female Swimmer of the Year - 12the grade;
- Team MVP (on boys' teams) 12th grade
- As of 2013, Stacey remains the highest career point scoring female in Wayland-Cohocton's female swimming program's history;
Stacey attended Babson College where she continued her athletic career in swimming . Her college coach was quoted as saying, "Stacey showed a tremendous work ethic, incredible intensity and an unmatched competitive fire that set the standards for our team."
Jim Brewer, Induction Class of 2007,
WCS Class of 1966
Participated in soccer, basketball, swimming and baseball
Jim had an outstanding career in soccer and swimming. In soccer, he was a member of back-to-back undefeated county championship teams during his sophomore and junior years. During his senior year, Jim led the team in scoring with 23 goals while leading the team to their third straight County Championship.
In swimming, as a junior, Jim was an individual County Champion as helped lead the team to the Team County Championship. In his senior year, he helped lead the team to an undefeated league record and another county championship.
Following graduation, Jim went on to have a successful soccer career at Bowling Green University. While at Bowling Green, Jim set the school scoring records while earning All-Midwest and All-Ohio status. Jim then returned to his Alma Mater where he roached the boys' soccer team to consecutive Livingston County Championships.
Donald W. Brooks,
Induction Class of 2008, WCS Class of 1965,
Participated in soccer, basketball and baseball
Don's high school athletic career earned him the Charles Capron Athletic Award and the Frank Jones Memorial Award. Don was president of his sophomore, junior and senior classes.
Following graduation, Don went to Cortland and played soccer for four years under coach T. Fred Holloway. He graduated with a degree in physical education. He was then drafted into the Army and was placed in the pharmacy department. Upon completion of his military service, he received a pharmacy degree in 1975 from the University at Buffalo.
Don supported youth athletics throughout his life as a coach, parent and community member. He was active in Wayland Little League, summer soccer and Vince Lombardi football. He also served for fire years on the WCS Board of Education.
This award is given posthumously as Don lost a courageous battle in 1996. There are three scholarships given in his memory at WCCS - one to a student entering into pharmacy and two sports scholarships given to a male and female student who have participated in sports over their high school years and have maintained the highest grade point average.
Heidi Brooks Grimins,
Induction Class of 2012, WCCS Class of 2002
Participated in softball, volleyball and basketball
Heidi is still recognized by many as one of the outstanding softball pitchers in Section V. While in high school, she was a four-time LCAA All Star in softball, two-time in basketball and participated in the exceptional senior games for volleyball, basketball and softball.
Highlights of Heidi's stellar career at Wayland-Cohocton included: led the league in basketball her senior year with an average of 18.7 ppg; led her team to to the 2002 Class B NYS FInal Four in softball; selected at the Section V Class B MVP in softball in 2002; pitched two perfect games, had 860 career strikeouts, pitched 10 no-hitters, while batting .400. During her remarkable high school career she was also presented the NYS Scholar Athlete Award in each season she participated in.
Following graduation, she attended Corning Community College where she played softball and basketball and graduated with honors earning an Associates Degree in Liberal Arts Math and Science. In 2004, she earned the Betty Garber National Femal Athlete of the Year Award. She was also inducted into the inaugural class of the CCC Hall of Fame. Following her career at CCC, she attended Alfred University and graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting, while playing softball.
She currently lives in Savona, NY with her husband and works as a tax professional.
Induction Class of 2006, CCS Class of 1959
Participated in baseball, basketball, tennis and volleyball
Recognized by many as one of the best athletes to graduate from Cohocton. Jim has had an impressive coaching career at Prattsburgh High School. During his tenure, his boys basketball teams won over 450 games, 12 league championships, six Section V championships, and one state championship. His girls basketball teams won six league championships and four Section V championships. His baseball teams won over 350 games while earning 10 league championships and four Section V Championships. As a softball coach, hs teams won three league championships and one Section V championship.
Jim was named the Section V Basketball Coach of the Year in 1985, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1992 and 1994; He was named the New York State Basketball Coach of the Year in 1991 and 1994. In 2005, Jim was inducted into the Basketball Coaches Association of New York Hall of Fame.
Induction Class of 2011, WCS Class of 1992
Participated in baseball, basketball, soccer and golf
During his high school career, Sean played four years of varsity baseball, three years of varsity basketball, three years of varsity soccer and one year of varsity golf. Sean was a two-time Division 1, first team all-star in baseball, basketball and soccer. He was also an exceptional senior in all three sports. In 1991, he participated in the Section V Class CC All-Tournament Team in basketball. Sean was the first Wayland basketball player to participate in the Ronald McDonald All-Star Basketball game.
As a senior, Sean had 18.2 points per game in basketball. He had 72 career hits in baseball and a .434 average with 25 RBI in his senior year. He holds the school record for 72 consecutive at-bats without a strike-out.
Sean anchored down the soccer teams' defense for three consecutive years from stopper position, scoring seven goals as a senior. He continued a successful four-year career as a soccer player at Ohio Northern University. At Ohio, he received Honorable Mention and a second team All-Conference in the Ohio Athletic Conference.
Dr. Burroughs earned his Doctorate of Pharmacy Degree at Ohio Northern University. He is the clinical pharmacy coordinator at Watuga Medical Center in Boone, NC.
Induction Class of 2008, WCS Class of 1984
Participated in cross country, basketball and baseball
George was named MVP for cross country his sophomore and junior seasons; and MVP for baseball his senior year. George helped lead his cross country team to two straight league titles in 1982 and 1983 and to the Section V Class B Championship in 1982. He led his baseball team to the LCAA Division 1 title in 1983. He was also the leading pitcher, held the highest batting average and had the most home runs during his senior year.
as a senior, George led the basketball league in assists and averaged 12 points per game. He was the co-recipient of the Roy Baldwin Award for Excellence in Basketball in 1983-84.
Induction Class of 2020, WCCS Class of 2010
Participated in soccer, basketball and track
Soccer: JV (one year), Varsity (three years)
- 2007, 2008 States: 165 saves, 9 shutouts
- LCAA Division 1 All Star Team 2008
- NYS All State 4th Team 2008
Basketball: Varsity (five years)
- NYS All State: 2008 7th team; 2008 3rd team; 2010 2nd team
- 2010 Ronald McDonald All Star Game MVP
- 2007 Section V Class B All-Tournament Team and MVP in 2008, 2009, 2010
- 2010 Section V Birds Eye Foods Player of the Year for Livingston County Division 1
- 2009 Livingston County News Athlete of the Year
- LCAA Division 1 All Star Team: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
- Livingston County News Super 18 Team: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
- All Greater Rochester 2009 and 2010 1st Team, 2008 2nd Team.
- 2009 NYS Scholar Athlete State Champion
- WC Basketball Records: All-time leader in: steals (332), assists (480); second in scoring (1,482 career), third overall in career three-pointers (75), fourth overall in career rebounds (546)
Track: Varsity (five years)
- 2008, 2009, 2010 Section V Shot Put Champion
- 2009 Section V Discus Champion
- 2008 and 2010 LCAA Shot Put Champion
- 2009 & 2010 LCAA Discus Champion
- State Discus Medalist: 2009 Fourth Place, 2010 Sixth Place,
- 2010 State Shot Put Medalist Fifth Place
- WC School Record Holder: Discus 117’9”; Shot Put 38’7”
- University of Hartford - Division 1 Basketball (four years)
- 2011NCAA Tournament
- 2011 America East Tournament Champion
- 10th on the All-Time Assist Leader List
- All State Good Works Team 2014 at the Women’s Final Four in Nashville, Tennessee
WC Academic Achievement/Awards
- WC class rank: 4/127; Honors Club, Four-Year Award with Distinction, Four-Year Class VP;
WC Athletic Awards
- 2010 Kyle Costello Award for Outstanding Junior Athlete
- 4-year Contribution Award
- Scholar Athlete in basketball and track: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010; Soccer 2006, 2007, 2008
Induction Class of 2006, WCCS Class of 1995
Participated in cross country, basketball and track
Joe had an outstanding career in basketball and track. In basketball, he was a member of the 1995 Section V Class CC Championship Team. He was selected to the Livingston County All Star Team and the Great Eight Team during his junior and senior years. As a senior, Joe was selected to the All Greater Rochester All Star Team, Section V Class CC All Tournament Team, New York State Class C All Star Team and was the Ronald McDonald All Star Game's Most Valuable Player.
In track he was a member 1994 Section V Class B Championship Team and went on to a sixth place finish in the discus at the New York State Track and Field Championship Meet. He was the Livingston County and Section V Class B Discus Champion during his sophomore, junior and senior years. He was the Livingston County Shot Put Champion his senior year and the Section V Class B Champion during his junior and senior year. Joe still holds the current discus and shot put records for the track program.
Following graduation, Joe went on to have a successful career at Rochester Institute of Technology.
Elissa M. Gielen,
Induction Class of 2014, WCS Class of Class 1981
Participated in soccer, volleyball, basketball and softball
- 1977-1981: Four-sport athlete for all four years
- Earned varsity letter as a freshman
- Recipient of the 800 point award
- Recipient of the senor award for a female who contributed the most to athletics during her four-years of participation
- Selection to the Section v Class B Volleyball All-Tournament Team in 1981
- MVP in soccer in 1980, volleyball in 1981, softball in 1981
- Four-year member of Girls' Leaders Club (Women's Athletic Club)
- Member of 10 sectional qualifying teams
- Team captain for soccer and volleyball in 1980, basketball and softball in 1981
- Soccer : 1977-1980 Goalkeeper; 151 saves in 1978
- Volleyball: 1978-1981: setter
- Basketball: 1978-1981: guard
- Softball: 1978-1981 (four seasons of varsity catcher and third base
- Four-year member of varsity club
"Elissa was an exceptional athlete who excelled in all four sports. She was a hard worker and always committed to doing her best. She was a quiet leader and an inspiration to her teammates just as she continues to motivate the teams she now coaches. Elizza was the setter in volleyball and goalie in soccer and her contributions were central to the success of her teams It was my pleasure to have had the opportunity to coach such a fine person and an outstanding athlete," said Coach Ellen Bowers
Induction Class of 2010, WCS Class of 1979
Participated in volleyball, basketball and track
In 1975, Grace played four varsity sports as a Wayland High School Freshman, soccer, volleyball, basketball and track and field. She helped create the first girls track team as one of six girls that tried out for the boys team and Title IX game them the opportunity to compete, since spring sports for girls did not exist. In 1976, Grace made the Livingston County Soccer All Star Team and was on the volleyball team which won the Livingston Conference Championship and Section V Class B Championship. She continued to play soccer, volleyball and basketball and was a catcher on the varsity softball team, during their first year of competition. In her junior year of high SCHOOL, her soccer team made it to the semi-finals in Section V and she was chosen for the Livingston County All Star Team. The volleyball team became the Livingston County champs and went to the Section V finals. Grace was also chosen for the the volleyball all star team and received the MVP in softball and volleyball. During her junior and senior years of high school, she was co-captain of the following varsity teams: soccer, volleyball, basketball and softball. In her senior year, Grace went on to be the leading SCORER in soccer; the team went to the semi-finals in Section V and Grace was chosen for the soccer and volleyball all star teams. Her volleyball team was third in Section V and the softball team qualified for the Section V tournament for the FIRST time. Grace was honored with the MVP in soccer, volleyball and softball. She received the 800 Point Award and the Senior Award which was the highest award given to a senior that contributed the most to athletics in four years. Grace was also a three-year member of the varsity club.
Grace went on to play volleyball for SUNY Brockport. She received a teaching degree in physical education. She has been a physical education teacher in the Rochester City School District for the past twenty-five years. Grace Hargrave led the way for women athletes at Wayland Central School. She was a great role model and contributor to the athletic program.
Induction Class of 2014, CCS Class of 1961
Participated in basketball, baseball and volleyball
- County Championships in basketball: 1960 and 1961
- County Championships in baseball: 1959, 1960, 1961
- County Championships in volleyball: 1959, 1960, 1961
- Sectional Champs in volleyball: 1959
- Captain of basketball, baseball and volleyball teams in 1960 and 1961
- Basketball and baseball MVP - 1960, 1961
- County All Star First Team in basketball and baseball: 1960, 1961
- Grade 9: 21 for 29 = .427; 14 runs and 12 RBIs
- Grade 10: 11 for 31 = .354; 9 runs and 15 RBIs
- Grade 11: 25 for 57 = .439; 28 runs and 21 RBIs, 7-0 with 67 K's in 50 innings
- Grade 12: 30 for 65 = .461; 4 runs and 26 RBIs; 8-1 with 86 K's in 60 innings pitched
- Grade Nine: 203 points
- Grade Ten: 173 points
- Grade Eleven: 278 points - Avg. 17 APG
- Grade Twelve: 452 points: Avg. 22.6 APG
Chuck was a "gamer" - the bigger the game the better he played. He started on varsity basketball and baseball as a freshman. Chuck lettered in both sports all four years of his high school career. He broke the career scoring record in basketball his junior year then became the first Cohocton player to score 1,000 points in his basketball career. Cohocton Central school started soccer during Chuck's senior year and he was the leading scorer.
Induction Class of 2014, WCCS Class of 1999
Participated in soccer, basketball and baseball
Scott was captain of all three varsity sports soccer he competed on.
- Scholar Athlete Team member (soccer, basketball and baseball in grades 10, 11, 12
- Livingston County All Star for Section V Baseball in grades 10-12
- Recipient of the Kyle Costello Athletic Junior Award
- Livingston County Division 1 Champions in baseball, 1996,1997, 1998
- Baseball 1999 Class B Tournament MVP
- Section V Baseball Champion 1999
- Senior Male Athlete of the Year - 1999
- Senior Make Four-Year Contribution Award - 1999
- Livingston County Exceptional Senior in soccer and baseball, LC Athlete of the Week for Baseball
- WC Career Baseball records
- Batting Average: .434
- Hits: 115
- RBI: 85
- Runs: 115
- Pitching Victories: 22
- Pitching Strike-Outs: 265 (184.2 IP)
- Strike Outs in "1" season: 102
"Scott Mastin was what every coach dreams about! It is a rare honor to be able to coach an athlete who can combine fierce intensity with extraordinary talent. When a quality baseball team like HFL refers to someone as the Cougar Killer, you know that you have s special player. The funny thing is that he was also the Mustang, Ram, Red Raider and most importantly in the Section V Championship game, a Bulldog killer," said Coach Terry Brown.
Richard "Walt" Duane Matthews,
Induction Class of 2013, CCS Class of 1950
Participated in basketball and baseball
Walt played varsity basketball and baseball 1947-1950. In 1949 and 1950 he was selected All County in both basketball and baseball.
Walt led the basketball team in scoring during his junior and senior years averaging a combined 15.3 points per game. Most teams were averaging around 35 points per game. at the time of Walt's graduation, he was the school's career scoring leader; which he held until 1962.
In baseball, Walt led the team in hitting during his junior and senior years and committed a combined total of two errors during those seasons. After high school, Walt was a manager of the Cohocton Semi-Pro baseball teams of the late 50's and early 60's in the former Evening Tribune Semi-Pro Baseball League. In addition, in 1951 he signed a professional baseball contract with the Philadelphia Phillies organization minor league team in Laurenbuerg, NC. Walt enjoys and has been an avid bowler from 1952 to the present and has bowled two 300 games. In addition, he has played golf for the past 45 years with the handicap of "4" at the Twin Hickory Golf Course in Hornell. Walt arguable might be the best all-around athlete that ever played at Cohocton Central School.
Induction Class of 2008, WCS Class of 1984
Participated in cross country, basketball and track
Kermit was named MVP in each sport his senior year. He was on numerous championship teams. He was given the Four-Year Athletic Award his senior year. Kermit was Athlete of the Year in 1982 and 1983. He was the co-recipient of the Roy Baldwin Award for Excellence in Basketball in 1983-84.
In 2002-2003, Kermit was the Section V Coach of the Year. He is now Director of Athletics, Health and Physical Education at the Chenango Valley School System.
Sherri A. Nowatzki,
Induction Class of 2006, WCS Class of 1985
Participated in soccer, basketball, volleyball and softball
Sherri is still recognized by many as one of the best female athletes to graduate from Wayland. She was a member of the 1983 and 1984 Livingston County Championship volleyball teams and a member of the 1983 Livingston County Championship softball team. She was selected to the Livingston County All Star Team for volleyball, basketball and softball, while receiving Livingston County All Star Honorable Mention in soccer.
Following graduation, Sherri went on to Fredonia State University, where she continued to experience success on the basketball court. After college, Sherri has pursued her love of basketball and has had a successful career as a Division 1 women's basketball coach.
Induction Class of 2006, WCS Class of 1972
Participated in cross country, basketball and track
Rich had an outstanding career in cross country and track. During his junior year in cross country, he finished first at the prestigious McQuaid Invitational and was the Livingston County and Section V Champion. At the New York State Championship Meet, he finished third place. During his senior year, he was the Section V Champion and a key member of the Livingston County and Section V Championship team. At the New York State Meet, Rich finished in thenth place to lead the team to a fifth place finish. In track, he was the Section V Two-Mile Champion his sophomore year and a member of the Livingston County Championship teams during his sophomore, junior and senior years. As a junior and senior he helped lead the team to back-to-back Section V Championships. Rich qualified for the New York State Track and Field Championship Meet his sophomore and senior years, finishing sixth in the two-mile his sophomore year.
Following graduation, Rich went on to have a successful career at SUNY at Brockport. In 1976, Rich was inducted into the SUNYAC Cross Country Hall of Fame. Rich is currently back at his Alma Mater where he helped coach the girls track team to three consecutive Section V Championships.
Induction Class of 2010, WCS Class of 1992
Participated in soccer, basketball and baseball
Brian Schubmehl was the first Wayland athlete to turn professional. During his high school career, he played one year of soccer and four years of basketball and baseball. As a pitcher, he never lost a decision. He posted a 15-0 pitching record during his junior and senior years of high school. In 1992, Brian graduated from Wayland and went to Finger Lakes Community College where helped lead the baseball team to the National Junior College Athletic Association Division III World Series. From there Brian earned a baseball scholarship to Ohio Universe and graduated with a BA in business In the summer of 1995, he played with the Cohocton Red Wings of the Northeast Collegiate Baseball Laeague. During his senior year at Division 1 Ohio University, he concluded his collegiate career with a perfect 10-0 with a 3.61 ERA. His efforts helped the Ohio Bobcats to a school record of 43-18 overall, a Mid-American Converence championship and a NCAS Regional Appearance, as well as a spot on the All-MAC first team. He was only the sixth pitcher in Ohio University's history to have an undefeated season. He also held the all-time career winning percentage .940 at Ohio. In 1997 Brian signed a free-agent contract to pitch for Ogden (Utah) Raptors, the Milwaukee Brewers of the Pioneer Leauue. In 1998 he moved up to the A-Level with the Beloit Snappers of the Midwest League. In 1999, he moved up to the High A Level with the Stockton Ports of the California League. Brian was noted for his strong work ethic, the intensity he brought to the game and always going the extra mile for the team.
Jim (Uhl) Karcanes,
Induction Class of 2012, WCS Class of 1989
Participated in cross country, wrestling and track
Jim participated in cross country, wrestling and track and was a team captain of all three sports during his senior year. As a senior in cross country, he won every regular season meet and let his team to the team Class B Section V Championship by winning the individual Class B Championship. He went on to win the Class B New York State Cross Country Championship. He was selected as second team ALL NYS that fal and placed in the top 20 at the Northeast National Cross Country Qualifier.
Jim wrestled all four years of high school and was runner-up at the LCAA Wrestling Championships in 1989 and won two tournaments.
In track he was the Section V Class B winner of the 1200 m and the 3200 m in 1988; and the 1600 m and 3200m in 1989. He won super-sectionals, setting the school record of 4:16 in the 1600m. It was the 8th fastest time in Section V history. He later placed 7th at the NYS Track Championships and earned a scholarship to the University of South Carolina.
As a USC college freshmen, he set a record in the 5000m in 1990, he was All Conference in cross country in 1990; second place tea honors in Metro Conference 1991; President's and Dean's list for academic excellence and was selected to two National Honor Societies. At Houghton College, he was NAIA Conference Champion 1500m, 5000m, 3200m relay in 1994.
Jim has served in the United States Army since January 1995. In the Army he has won many High Physical Fitness Awards at Officer Candidate School, Field Artillery Basic Officer Course, Field Artillery Advanced Officer Course, US Army Airborne School and the Naval War College. He was a meber (and captain) of Fort Drum's 10 miler team.
Jim went on to coach Women's Cross Country at Husson University in BAngor Maine. He was twice named North Atlantic Conference Coach of the Year, coached the 2010 Conference Champions, four All Conference runners and the team to its first Conference Championship in 2011. Jim was also a Boston Marathon qualifier, and a Board member of an elite Sub-5 Running Club.
Jim has two combat tours to Iraq, where he earned two Bronze stars. He also participated in a NATA Peacekeeping Operation to Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1999. He is currently a Battalion Executive Officer for Basic Combat Training Battalion at Fort Jackson, South Carolina.
Induction Class of 2013, WCS Class of 1993
Participated in cross country and track
Tara Woodard was one of the finest female distance runners in Wayland's school history. Tara participated in cross country and track and field at a high level for five years. In cross country she won the LCAA Championship, Section V Championship and consistently made Cross Country LCAA All Star teams, as well as the Section V and NYS All Star teams. She participated in the NYS Cross Country Championships many times; placing some top finishes of 11th and 15th places.
In track and field, Tara was equally unstoppable. She won multiple LCAA and Section V Championships in the 1500, 800 and 3200 relays. She was consistently a LCAA and Section V All Star, as well as participarting in four consecutive NYS Track and Field Championships receiving a sixth place finish in 1992. She was a Section V State Qualifier and multiple top finishes in the 1500 throughout her career. Tara was a school record holder in both the 1500 m and the 3000 m runs and a Livingston Conference record holder in the 1500 m.
She was a fine captain in both cross country and track and field. Tara Woodard was not only gifted, but was a gracious champion and an exceptional female athlete who represented Wayland with honor. Tara received a Division 1 scholarship and attended Wichita State University for one year. She than transferred to Cortland State College and helped them win a national championship in cross country.