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Tusky Valley’s Hannah Wyler passes coach’s daughter in record books

| May 6, 2022

ZOARVILLE (WJER) (May 6, 2022) – Tusky Valley High School senior Hannah Wyler has taken over the top spot for all the solo distance races in the Tusky Valley girls track and field program’s history.

At the Thrilla in Zoarvilla a week ago, Wyler set four records in two races – the meet records and school records in both the mile and two-mile races. That two-mile record was once held by the team’s distance coach, Sandy DeBos until her daughter Madison broke it in 2016.

“Hannah wanted to break Madi’s record at the Thrilla because that’s where Madi broke my record,” DeBos said. “It just had some meaning. It ended up being just a tremendous two-mile race.”

The crowd got into it as Wyler battled for the lead with Rittman’s Pyper Gibson.

“The two-mile is usually kind of the boring race that nobody wants to watch,” DeBos said. “Everybody was watching and running across the field and going back and forth. It was the same exact scenario when my daughter broke my record. Everybody knew she was trying to do that. It was just a high energy, exciting two-mile race.”

After Wyler’s record-setting wins in the 1,600 and 3,200 at the Thrilla, she set the Tuscarawas County Classic meet record in the 800 record three days later.

She already held the school record in that event, to go with her school records in the 1,600, 3,200, the four-by-800 relay, and the sprint medley relay.

That leaves a big question for Wyler. What will she run in the postseason? She can’t do them all.

“She’s going to have to pick, and that’s a hard pick when you’ve run 2:13, a 5:01 and a 10:49,” DeBos said. “Those will place you in the state every year but running all three is not an option. They’re all too close together. She’s going to have to pick probably two she wants to do.”

DeBos says Wyler has worked hard to get in the record books.

“She has a great work ethic; does whatever it takes,” DeBos said. “Her attitude is never settle. Don’t quit.”

Wyler plans to run track and cross country at Marshall University next year.

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