Category: Cross country

Three Section 2 cross country teams claim titles at NYSPHSAA meet

KINGS PARK – It was a good day for Section 2 at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Cross Country Championships Saturday, Nov. 10, at Sunken Meadow State Park.

Saratoga Springs ended Fayetteville-Manlius’ 12-year reign as the girls Class A team champion by edging the Section 3 powerhouse 46-47, and in the process won its first state title since 2005. Kelsey Chmiel led the Blue Streaks with a second-place finish in a time of 17:20.6, 18.5 seconds behind individual champion Katelyn Touhy (North Rockland). Ella Kurto (sixth place, 18:35.3) and Emily Bush (21st, 19:26.1) also landed in the top 25 for Saratoga Springs. Continue reading “Three Section 2 cross country teams claim titles at NYSPHSAA meet”

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Cross country state championships preview: Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake boys, Saratoga Springs and Greenwich girls among teams favored to win

By ROB JONAS

Three Section 2 teams are among the favorites to claim titles at Saturday’s New York State Public High School Athletic Association Cross Country Championships at Sunken Meadow State Park on Long Island.

The Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake boys team has its sights set on the Class B title after completing an impressive regular season, capped by a dominating performance at the Section 2 Championships Nov. 2. The Spartans claimed five of the top six places and had seven runners finish in the top 10 to breeze to the Sectional title by a margin of 65 points. Continue reading “Cross country state championships preview: Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake boys, Saratoga Springs and Greenwich girls among teams favored to win”

A look back at the Section 2 Cross Country Championships

By ROB JONAS

SARATOGA SPRINGS – One race lived up to its pre-event billing, while another showdown never materialized at Friday’s Section 2 Cross Country Championships at a soggy Saratoga Spa State Park.

The Class A boys race turned into a battle royale between Shenendehowa and Saratoga Springs, with the Plainsmen pulling out a three-point victory over the Blue Streaks, 60-63. Saratoga had two of the top four runners in the race, but Shen’s pack mentality proved to be the deciding factor.

“Our sixth and seventh runners beat Saratoga’s fifth runner. That was the game right there,” said Shen boys head coach Lance Jordan. Continue reading “A look back at the Section 2 Cross Country Championships”

Scenes from the Section 2 Cross Country Championships

SARATOGA SPRINGS – The Section 2 Cross Country Championships took place Friday, Nov. 2, at Saratoga Spa State Park. The winning teams in Class A, B, D and the merged C-CC standings earned automatic berths into next Saturday’s New York State Public High School Athletic Association Championships at Sunken Meadow State Park on Long Island, as did the top five runners not affiliated with any of the championship teams. Continue reading “Scenes from the Section 2 Cross Country Championships”

Duanesburg, Fonda-Fultonville prevail at Western Athletic Conference Cross Country Championships

FORT PLAIN – Duanesburg claimed the girls team title, and Fonda-Fultonville earned the boys team title at the Western Athletic Conference Cross Country Championships Wednesday, Oct. 24, at the Fort Plain Sports Complex.

Duanesburg placed four runners in the top 10 to win the girls team championship with 24 points. Berne-Knox-Westerlo was second with 58 points, followed by Galway in third place with 68 points and Fonda-Fultonville in fourth place with 71 points. Mayfield’s Madison Relyea claimed the individual title with a time of 18:05.90.

Likewise, Fonda-Fultonville placed four runners in the top 10 to claim the boys team championship with 35 points. Duanesburg took second place with 60 points, and Fort Plain-Canajoharie was third with 69 points. Duanesburg’s Andrew Drescher was the individual champion with a time of 16:33.31. Continue reading “Duanesburg, Fonda-Fultonville prevail at Western Athletic Conference Cross Country Championships”

Schuylerville girls, Scotia-Glenville boys win team titles at Foothills Council Cross Country Championships

SARATOGA SPRINGS – Schuylerville finished on top of a competitive field in the girls race, and Scotia-Glenville won the boys team title at Monday’s Foothills Council Cross Country Championships at Saratoga Spa State Park.

In a race where the top five girls teams were separated by 23 points, Schuylerville prevailed by placing three runners in the top 15 to finish with 76 points. Sunni LaBounty claimed the individual title for the Black Horses by finishing in a time of 19:10.73, while teammates Anya Vautrin (seventh place, 20:23.98) and Megan Vianese (11th, 20:45.51) were among 14 runners who posted sub 21-minute times. Continue reading “Schuylerville girls, Scotia-Glenville boys win team titles at Foothills Council Cross Country Championships”

Cross country: Broadalbin-Perth teams perform well at Burnt Hills Invitational

Despite being shorthanded, the Broadalbin-Perth boys and girls cross country teams performed well at the Burnt Hills Invitational Saturday, Oct. 13, at Saratoga Spa State Park.

Broadalbin-Perth placed ninth in the Division II girls team standings with 261 points. Gabby Larsen led the Patriots with a 13th-place finish in a time of 20:12.4. Samantha Murphy (35th place, 21:00.3), Emma Frasier (43rd, 21:17.3) and Lauren Phillips (48th, 21:33.0) also cracked the top 50.

Similarly, the Broadalbin-Perth boys finished ninth in the Varsity II team standings with 285 points. Danny Dylong (39th place, 17:46.1) and Preston Hadley (41st, 17:47.3) finished in the top 50, while Wyatt Couperus (52nd, 17:57.4) barely missed placing in the top 50.

“Today was a test for us, as we ran shorthanded on both sides,” said Broadalbin-Perth head coach Jeff Richards. “Unlike the Killian Invitational [two weeks earlier], this time our team rose to the challenge and passed with flying colors. Others filled the shoes of their missing teammates and kept our packs strong.”

Foothills Council cross country: Amsterdam and Broadalbin-Perth split duel meet

Amsterdam and Broadalbin-Perth each took a team victory at their Foothills Council duel meet Tuesday, Oct. 9.

Amsterdam edged Broadalbin-Perth 27-28 in the girls race, while the Broadalbin-Perth boys defeated Amsterdam 20-43. Continue reading “Foothills Council cross country: Amsterdam and Broadalbin-Perth split duel meet”

Shaker cross country sweeps team titles at Grout Run

SCHENECTADY – How “sweep” it was for the Shaker boys and girls cross country teams at this year’s Grout Run Saturday, Oct. 6, at Schenectady’s Central Park.

The Shaker girls fended off Bethlehem 34-42 for the Varsity Division I championship, while the Shaker boys eased past Schenectady 26-54 in the Varsity Division II race.

“I’m really proud of them. They did really well,” said Shaker girls cross country coach Marbry Gansle. Continue reading “Shaker cross country sweeps team titles at Grout Run”

Scenes from Section 2 cross country: Grout Run 2018 highlights

SCHENECTADY – The annual Grout Run took place Saturday, Oct. 6, at Schenectady’s Central Park. More than 20 teams from around New York State ran on the 2.75-mile road course in and around the park.

Washingtonville (Section 9), Shaker and Broadalbin-Perth won their respective boys varsity division team titles; while Shaker, Greenwich and Duanesburg took the girls varsity division team titles. Continue reading “Scenes from Section 2 cross country: Grout Run 2018 highlights”