UTICA - The Broadalbin-Perth girls cross-country team brought home top honors in the 31-team Dave D'Alessandro girls varsity division of the 71st E.J. Herrmann Cross-Country Invitational Saturday at Proctor Park.
The Lady Patriots won the division with 59 points, 22 points ahead of runner-up Beaver River with 81.
The combined times of the Broadalbin-Perth (Class C) scoring runners Coreena Monroe, Victoria Opalka, Mackenzie Dezolt, Sarah Naple and Jordyn Deneuville also placed them fourth in the 37-team overall standings. Nanuet (Class B) won the overall title followed by Bethlehem (Clas A) and Cicero-North Syracuse (Class A).
Monroe toured the 3.1 mile course in 20:52.3 and finished fourth in the division race. Opalka placed seventh in 21:13.7, Dezolt was 13th in 21:53.7, Naple was 17th in 22:06.6 and Deneuville was 18th in 22:21.4. Also running but not scoring for the Lady Patriots were Alex Opalka (32/23:15.3) and Cadey Nolan (52/24:22.6).
"Today was a very big day for us," Broadalbin-Perth coach Jeff Richards said. "Up until today we have competed in three invitationals and have been very successful with runner-up and third-place team showings on the girls side. However, victory eluded us. As cross country is such a mental sport I knew a victory today was crucial for us. The girls realized this as well and showed the desire to win right from the start as they attacked the race with team goals in front of individual goals. As a result of today's victory, their confidence is soaring and I believe the second half of our season will be even more successful."
The Fort Plain-Canajoharie girls squad placed 13th in the division with 357 points and 27th in the overall standings.
Scoring for CFP were Cheyenne Munson (29/23:08.7), Gabby Bridgewater (47/24:00.1), Alexis Kane (86/26:33.3), Breanna Hazzard (87/26:35.4) and Carolyn Adams (108/28:05.9).
Fonda-Fultonville also ran in the D'Alessandro division with Kimberly Geniti placing 12th in 21:23.8 and Kacie Hunter placing 13th in 21:24.7. The Lady Braves ran as an incomplete team.
In the 19 team John Convertino girls varsity race the Amsterdam Lady Rams placed seventh with a scoring total of 208 points, while Gloversville placed 11th with 350 and Johnstown participated with incomplete scoring.
The Lady Rams placed 14th in the overall scoring and Gloversville was 22nd overall.
Ilenis Quinones led the Amsterdam scorers with her 20th place finish in 21:49.5 followed by Olivia Lazarou (31/22:29.6), Chantel Dopp (35/22:40.1), Caitlyn Adamchick (53/23:55.4) and Kennedy Nordby (69/25:18.9). Alyssa Turo also ran for Amsterdam and placed 89th in 26:38.0.
Gloversville's scorers were paced by Cassandra Ryan (34/22:38.2), Tierney Vandeusen (65/24:57.2), haley Schuyler (74/25:29.1), Katie Senzio (80/25:56.3) and Veronica Peck (97/28:25.6). Kayla Murphy also ran and finished 105th in 32:26.7.
Skyler Swatt (71/24:39.8), Lyndsey Fiore (122/29:46.1), Tatyana Rosario (126/32:04.7) and Bridget Spagnola (128/32:43.0) ran for Johnstown.
On the boys side, the Amsterdam Rams placed 15th in the 19-team Santo Paniccia boys varsity race with 390 points, while Gloversville was 15th with 419 and Johnstown competed with an incomplete team. The Rams finished 28th and Gloversville 35th in the 44-team overall standings.
Jon Knack led Amsterdam with his 54th place finish in 19:07.6 over the 3.1 mile course. He was joined in the scoring by Brett Flint (67/19:29.3), Gabe Fernandez (70/19:32.4), David Graveley (99/21:06.1) and Teddy Paccioccia (100/21:09.5). Also running for the Rams were Alex Stewart (107/22:04.2) and Pablo Almodovar (110/22:34.5).
Jack Hayes paced Gloversville with his 41st place finish in18:38.7, while Phil Meher placed 52nd in 19:06.3. They are joined in the scoring by Christopher Hernandez (103/21:27.8), Anthony Hayes (109/22:15.2) and Tyler Unislawski (114/23:46.4). Alex Buck also ran and placed 117th in 24:18.8.
Running for Johnstown were Aaron Alvarez (66/19:23.7), Daeshan Buseck (75/19:39.9), Cameron Roten (82/19:47.2) and Samuel Brunetto (115/21:14.9).
In the 35-team Bill DeLude boys varsity race Fonda-Fultonville placed 10th with 268 points followed by Fort Plain-Canajoharie in 16th with 419 and Broadalbin-Perth 17th with 441 points. The Braves placed 20th in the overall standings, while Fort Plain/Canajoharie was 29th and Broadalbin-Perth 30th.
Cameron Gilligan led the Fonda-Fultonville scorers with his 20th place finish in 18:16.2 followed by Dylan Desorbo (21/18:17.6), Dalton Hunter (47/19:12.4), Damion Freeman (83/20:05.4) and Danny Westman (97/20:33.9). Also running for the Braves were Clane Newcomer (98/20:37.2) and Cole Wozniak (162/24:31.9).
Jordan Ahrens led CFP with his 13th place finish in 17:50.8 followed by Jon Payack (66/19:40.3), Ruben McFarlane (70/19:44.3), Evan Searles (132/21:48.4 and Andrew Hanifin (138/22:34.4). Ravis Herringshaw (147/22:58.7) and Zephran Vosburgh (161/24:12.6) also ran for CFP.
Broadalbin-Perth's Greg Bogdan was the top local finisher in the division with his eighth-place finish in the 218 runner field.
He covered the course in 17:31.5 and was joined in the Patriots scoring by Alex Hitrick (33/18:55.5), Nicolai Mosher (102/20:40.9), Jacob Mosher (127/21:29.0) and Tim Zukas (171/30:46.2).