SARATOGA SPRINGS - A tiebreaker was all that separated the Broadalbin-Perth girls cross-country team from winning the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Invitational on Saturday at Saratoga Spa State Park.
The Lady Patriots tied Skaneateles in the Division II team standings with a total of 35 points, but lost the team title by one spot.
"Although we did not get the victory we were hoping for, it was a great day for our girls as we established ourselves as one of the best teams in New York State," Broadalbin-Perth coach Jeff Richards said. "Prior to today's meet, we were ranked fifth in New York State for Class C girls, and today's eventual meet winners, Skaneateles came into the meet ranked No. 2 in Class C. Thus, we knew we would have our work cut out for us."
Peru finished third with 82 points, Saranac was fourth with 87 points and Albany Academy was fifth with 145 points. Canajoharie-Fort Plain was ninth with a total of 217 points, while Fonda-Fultonville and Johnstown both fielded incomplete teams.
Skaneateles swept the top two spots in the 3.1-mile Division II girls race, as Kaitlyn Neal (18:29.00) was first and Madeline Adams (18:29.17) was second.
Jordyn DeNeuville was B-P's top finisher, placing sixth with a time of 19:48.38.
Victoria Opalka (20:13.66), Sarah Naple (20:15.88) and Coreena Monroe (20:20.68) posted top-10 finishes for the Lady Patriots, placing eighth, ninth and 10th, respectively.
Mackenzie DeZolt (20:21.03) was 11th for B-P, Alex Opalka (21:33.80) was 31st and Joanna Tavolaro (25:52.51) was 80th.
"In the past, we would have settled for second, but as we have done all season, our girls accepted the challenge and rose to it," Richards said. "In the end, we finished with a 35-35 tie and unfortunately came up on the short end of a tie-break. However, I am proud of this result and hope the girls our as well. They are getting better each meet and, more importantly, they are starting to realize it. Hopefully we will be able to use today's loss as motivation and hopefully we will get a second chance at Skaneateles on Nov. 9 [at the state meet]."
Kacie Hunter was Fonda-Fultonville's top finisher, placing 12th with a time of 20:29.33. Kimberly Geniti (20:59.27) was 20th for the Lady Braves, Jamie Kasza (22:43.20) was 47th and Carly Littlejohn (23:21.49) was 59th.
Cheyenne Munson (21:59.69) was 38th to lead Canajoharie-Fort Plain, while Gabby Bridgewater (22:33.45) was 46th. Breanna Hazzard (23:33.87) was 63rd for C-FP, Abby Boyer (23:49.36) was 67th, Alexis Kane (25:14.54) was 77th and Carolyn Adams (27:18.00) was 84th.
Skylar Swatt led Johnstown, placing 69th with a time of 24:06.15. Lyndsey Fiore (26:51.00) was 83rd for the Lady Bills, Bridget Spagnuola (29:04.00) was 86th and Tatyana Rosario (29:29.00) was 88th.
In the Division II boys race, Franklin Academy won the team title with a total of 78 points. Holland Patent (121 points) was second, Corinth (156) was third, Saranac (167) was fourth and Fonda-Fultonville (168) was fifth. Canajoharie-Fort Plain (297) was 12th, Broadalbin-Perth (371) was 14th and Johnstown fielded an incomplete team.
Corinth's Tanner Flint won the 3.1-mile Division II boys race with a time of 15:54.01.
Canajoharie-Fort Plain's Jordan Ahrens was the top area finisher, placing fourth with a time of 16:17.63.
Cameron Gilligan paced Fonda-Fultonville, placing 11th with a time of 16:55.59.
Dylan DeSorbo (17:29.12) was 24th for the Braves, Dalton Hunter (17:35.01) was 26th and Damion Freeman (18:06.86) was 48th.
Other FFCS finishers included Danny Westman (69th, 18:57.68), Clane Newcomer (80th, 19:15.27), Jason Klotz (110th, 20:58.17),
Ruben McFarlane (17:52.23) was 42nd for Canajoharie-Fort Plain, while Jon Payack (18:00.04) was 44th. Other C-FP finishers included Andrew Hanifin (112th, 21:00.99), Tim Hazzard (117th, 21:27.45), Zephran Vosburgh (120th, 21:49.96) and Travis Herringshaw (123rd, 22:33.11)
Greg Bogdan led Broadalbin-Perth, finishing 12th with a time of 16:57.21. Alex Hitrick was 36th for the Patriots with a time of 17:48.97, while Jacob Mosher was 97th with a time of 19:52.30. Other B-P finishers included Connor Mauche (126th, 23:20.50), Brandon Frye (128th, 24:58.00) and Tum Zukas (131st, 28:19.00).
"On the boys side, we had some good individual efforts, but did not fully run up to our potential," Richards said. "They are better than their times and I am certain that when we run at SPAC for our Foothills Championship, they will show this."
Daeshan Buseck led Johnstown, placing 35th with a time of 17:48.49. Aaron Alvarez (18:03.86) was 46th for the Sir Bills, Sam Brunetto (19:12.86) was 78th and Cameron Roten (19:18.53) was 84th.
In the Division I girls race, host Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake won the team title with 36 points. North Shore was second with 62 points and Arlington was third with 130 points. Amsterdam was ninth with 245 points and Gloversville was 15th with 392 points.
Arlington's Bella Burda won the 3.1-mile Division I girls race with a time of 17:25.83.
Olivia Lazarou led Amsterdam, placing 22nd with a time of 19:58.69. Chantel Dopp (20:10.19) was 28th for the Lady Rams, while Ilenis Quinones (20:30.22) was 37th.
Other Amsterdam finishers included Kennedy Nordby (78th, 22:49.45), Caitlyn Adamchick (80th, 22:58.35), Alyssa Turo (96th, 24:31.58) and Shawntel Rivera (98th, 24:49.66).
Cassandra Ryan paced Gloversville, finishing 58th with a time of 21:27.54.
Sarah Ambrosino (22:18.63) was 71st for the Huskies, while Tierney VanDeusen (22:54.05) was 79th. Other Gloversville finishers included Emily Ambrosino (81st, 22:59.09) and Veronica Peck (103rd, 25:46.68).
Host Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake won the Division III boys team title with 66 points. Arlington (78 points) was second and Shenendehowa (116) was third.
Gloversville was 16th with 431 points and Amsterdam was 17th with 453 points.
Middletown's Alex Shodai won the 3.1-mile Division III boys race with a time of 15:35.43.
Jack Hayes was Gloversville's top finisher, placing 63rd with a time of 17:39.38.
Hunter Marshall (17:50.14) was 68th for the Huskies, while Phil Meher (18:12.75) was 79th. Other Gloversville finishers included Anthony Hayes (111th, 19:44.85), Justin Unislawski (115th, 20:04.02) and Christopher Hernandez (121st, 21:19.15).
Brett Flint led Amsterdam, finishing 65th with a time of 17:45.08.
Gabe Fernandez (18:09.93) was 78th for the Rams, while Teddy Piccioccia (19:14.12) was 104th. Other Amsterdam finishers included David Graveley (105th, 19:19.17), Jon Knack (106th, 19:22.25) and Alex Stewart (110th, 19:41.24),
Mayfield finished 10th in the Division I boys race with a team total of 248 points.
Mt. Greylock (Mass.) won the team title with 63 points, while Greenwich was second with 65 points. East Rochester (71 points) was third, Ticonderoga (136) was fourth and Berlin (146) completed the top five.
Argyle's Daryn Hutchings won the 3.1-mile Division I boys race with a time of 15:59.61.
Josh Gallup was Mayfield's top finisher, placing 21st overall with a time of 17:43.72.
Connor Akowicz (19:20.55) was 48th overall for the Panthers, Mitch Akowicz (19:43.80) was 55th and Austin Davis (20;48.49) was 70th. Other Mayfield finishers included Ian Chamberlain (76th, 21:19.65), Brent Gray (87th, 22:04.75) and Luke Cole (91st, 22:32.97).
In the Division I girls race, Greenwich won the team title with 35 points, while Seton Catholic was second with 45 points. Mt. Greylock was third with 78 points, Berne-Knox-Westerlo (113) was fourth and Voorheesville (114) was fifth.
Mayfield fielded an incomplete team.
Mt. Greylock's Emily Kaegi won the 3.1-mile Division I girls race with a time of 18:20.98.
Emily Cromie was Mayfield's top finisher, placing 46th with a time of 24:01.24.
Kelsey Wasson (25:23.73) was 55th for the Lady Panthers, and Emily Barker (25:52.18) was 66th.