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AHS cross country sweeps opening meet

September 20, 2012
By The Leader-Herald ( , The Leader Herald

SCHENECTADY - The Amsterdam boys and girls cross country teams opened their Big 10 dual-meet schedule with wins over Catholic Central and Schenectady at Central Park.

In the boys meet, Amsterdam topped Schenectady 24-35 and posted a 31-38 win over Catholic Central.

Nick Raponi won the 2.7-mile boys race for the Rams, covering the course in 15:34.5. Amsterdam's Matt Raponi was edged at the line by his brother, placing second in a time of 15:34.6.

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Amsterdam's Megan Ottati won the 2.7-mile girls race Wednesday. (Photo submitted)

"The boys really made great strides since the race last weekend," Amsterdam coach Kevin Wilary said. "Especially exciting was the 1-2 finish of the Raponi twins who ran together the entire race."

Schenectady's Julian Canavan (16:02) was third, Schenectady's Austin Liebers (16:08) was fourth and Catholic Central's Steve Carry (16:16) was fifth.

Brett Flint (eighth, 16:38), Ian Alejandro (ninth, 16:47) and Josh Turo (10th, 16:54) also posted top-10 finishes for the Rams.

Other Amsterdam finishers included Pat Purtell (12th, 17:15),), Teddy Piccoicca (13th, 17:19), Jose Perez (14th, 17:49), Jon Knack (15th, 17:51), Pablo Almodover (18th, 18:26), David Graveley (19th, 18:27), Gabe Fernandez (20th, 18:46), Alex Stewart (21st, 18:58), William Weinheimer (26th, 19:04), Reyers Brusoe (30th, 21:27), Edner Torres (32nd, 22:20) and Kyle Neuls (35th, 25:06).

In the girls meet, the Lady Rams upended Schenectady 15-44 and earned a 15-42 win over Catholic Central.

Amsterdam swept the top-five spots with Megan Ottati leading the way with a time of 18:27 on the 2.7-mile course.

Kelly Paris (18:45) was second, Illenis Quinones (18:56) was third, Deborah Johnson (19:06) was fourth and Chantel Dopp (19:14) was fifth for the Lady Rams.

"This was a great way to start the Big 10 season," said Amsterdam girls coach Stu Palczak said. "Scoring the first five runners, led by Megan Ottati, within 47 seconds is a tight pack that bodes well for future success."

Caitlyn Adamchick also posted a top-10 showing for the Lady Rams placing 10th with a time of 20:42.

Schenectady was led by Megan Dufort's sixth-place finish in a time of 19:34, while Catholic Central was paced by Regan McFerran's ninth-place effort in a time of 20:24.

Other Amsterdam finishers included Danielle Fazio (17th, 22:26), Sarah Thane (18th, 22:54), Amber Natole (22nd, 24:41) and Kelsey Thompson (25th, 25:46).



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