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Broadalbin-Perth girls win Class C title

B-P’s Bogdan, C-FP’s Ahrens also earn state meet spots

November 2, 2013
By PAUL WAGER (sports@leaderherald.com) , The Leader Herald

QUEENSBURY - In 2005, the Broadalbin-Perth girls cross-country team earned its first trip to the state meet.

That state meet took place in Queensbury.

While sporting the uniforms of the 2005 team, the Lady Patriots earned another trip to states Friday, winning the Class C girls race at the Section II Championships at Queensbury.

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The Broadalbin-Perth girls cross-country team poses with its plaque after winning the Class C team title at the Section II Championships at Queensbury High School on Friday. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)

"I'm very happy to be going back to the state meet," Broadalbin-Perth coach Jeff Richards said. "The first time we made it was in 2005, and the state meet was here in Queensbury. The girls wore the 2005 uniforms today, as part of trying to get back to where we were."

The B-P girls won with a team total of 42 points, finishing 53 points clear of runner-up Schalmont's total of 95. Schuylerville (99 points) was third, Catskill (166) was fourth and Voorheesville (193) was fifth. Canajoharie-Fort Plain was 15th with 353 points and Fonda-Fultonville fielded an incomplete team.

Schalmont's Julia Flower won the girls Class C race, finishing with a time of 19:30.40.

Schuylerville's Ashley Watson (19:37.77) was second, Broadalbin-Perth's Jordyn DeNeuville (19:51.63) was third, Chatham's Erin Clark (19:56.25) was fourth and Hudson's Alexandra Bartolotta (20:04.68) was fifth.

Sarah Naple (20:37.49) was seventh for the Lady Patriots, while Mackenzie DeZolt (ninth, 20:48.78) and Corenna Monroe (10th, 20:50.91) also posted top-10 finishes for B-P.

"Our grouping was good, we put five girls in the top 29 today," Richards said.

Other B-P finishers included Victoria Opalka (17th, 21:25.37), Cadey Nolan (29th, 22:06.04), Alex Opalka (53rd, 23:04.56), Renee Bellinger (81st, 23;52.10), Victoria Laurange (106th, 24:42.09) and Joanna Tavolaro (24:44.37).

"We've had a good season," Richards said. "We're getting back to where we want to be."

Kacie Hunter led Fonda-Fultonville, just missing a spot at next Saturday's state meet at Queensbury, placing eighth with a time of 20:44.59. Kimberly Geniti (21:21.10) was 16th for the Lady Braves, while Carly Littlejohn (24:29.58) was 99th.

Cheyenne Munson was Canajoharie-Fort Plain's top finisher, placing 31st with a time of 22:16.58. Bre Hazzard (22:56.73) was 48th for C-FP, while Abby Boyer (24;33.53) was 102nd. Other C-FP finishers included Alexis Kane (107th, 24:42.70), and Carolyn Adams (138th, 27:00.94).

Class C Boys

With his second-place finish in the boys Class C race, Canajoharie-Fort Plain's Jordan Ahrens became the first C-FP boys to qualify for the state meet since Mike Hume in 2005.

"He had a big race today, and ran well," Canajoharie-Fort Plain coach Charlie Karker said of Ahrens. "He's come a long way."

Coincidentally, Hume's trip to states coincided with the last time the state meet was held in Queensbury prior to next weekend's return.

"It feels really good. I've been working hard after not quite making it last year," Ahrens said. "This year, I definitely worked hard throughout the offseason, and I was really excited for this year."

Ahrens finished second with time of 16:26.43 on the 3.1-mile course, which was full of water and mud after a soaking early-morning rain.

"I tried to avoid as much of the water and mud as I could," Ahrens said. "I love running in the rain and cool weather."

Earlier this season, Ahrens finished eighth in the Division I boys race at the Queensbury Invitational on the same course with a time of 17:24.98.

"The Queensbury Invitational was honestly my worst race of the season, so I was a little nervous coming into this race," Ahrens said.

Corinth's Tanner Flint won the individual title, finishing with a time of 16:23.87. Greenville's Sean McAheny (16;26.94) was third, Broadalbin-Perth's Greg Bogdan (16:48.82) was fourth and Albany Academy's Griffin Keegan (17:04.43) was fifth.

By virtue of his fourth-place finish, Bogdan earned his third trip to the state meet for the Patriots.

"Greg's [Bogdan] goal was to get back to the state meet for the third time," Richards said. "It's a testament to how hard he's worked for himself and our program that he was able to do it. It's a great accomplishment."

Corinth won the team title with 77 points, ending Fonda-Fultonville's four-year reign atop Class C.

"We were hoping to do better on the boys side," Therrien said. "Head-to-head, Corinth had beaten us all year, so we knew it was going to be tough. We ran well, and in order to beat us some one else had to run well too."

Ichabod Crane was second with 119 points, while FFCS was third with 123 points.

"We've won the last four straight, after awhile, you've got to share," Therrien said.

Canajoharie-Fort Plain was eighth with 284 points and Broadalbin-Perth was 15th with 423 points.

Cameron Gilligan led Fonda-Fultonville, placing 11th with a time of 17:44.81. Dylan DeSorbo was 21st for the Braves with a time of 18:07.99, while Damion Freeman (18:12.32) was 25th. Other FFCS finishers included Dalton Hunter (32nd, 18:21.37), Danny Westman (34th, 18:22.97), Clane Newcomer (58th, 19;22.48), Jason Klotz (78th, 20;08.73) and Cole Wozniak (159th, 23:11.85).

Ruben McFarlane (18:24.36) was 35th for Canajoharie-Fort Plain, while Jon Payack (18:51.27) was 40th. Other C-FP finishers included Evan Searles (118th, 21:20.90), Andrew Hanifin (121st, 21:32.01), Zach Florian (124th, 21:42.48), Zeph Vosburgh (140th, 22:06.25), Travis Herringshaw (149th, 22:32.59) and Tim Hazzard (153rd, 22:54.92).

Alex Hitrick (18:30.04) was 37th for Broadalbin-Perth, while Jacob Mosher (20:47.04) was 106th.

Other B-P finishers included Connor Mauche (150th, 22:38.06), Brandon Frye (187th, 25;42.05) and Tim Zukas (193rd, 27:26.71)

Class B Boys

Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake claimed the team title in the Class B boys race, winning with a total of 32 points. Christian Brothers Academy was second with 45 points, Scotia-Glenville was third with 94 points, Queensbury was fourth with 134 points and Lansingburgh was fifth with 152 points. Gloversville (265 points) was ninth, Amsterdam (310 points) was 12th and Johnstown fielded an incomplete team.

CBA's Justin van Epps won the 3.1-mile boys race with a time of 16:12.94. Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake's John Rabideau (16:17.85), Jared Short (16:33.47) and Patrick McGuinness (16:39.99) were second, third and fifth, respectively.

Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons' Jonah Allard (16:36.22) was fourth.

Gloversville's Jack hayes was the top area finisher, placing 25th with a time of 17:47.40.

Hunter Marshall (18:18.73) was 44th for the Huskies, while Phil Meher (18:46.13) was 61st. Other Gloversville finishers included Justin Unislawski (78th, 19:13.60), Jacob Perez (105th, 20:28.40), Anthony Hayes (110th, 20:43.08), Christopher Hernandez (112th, 20:50.12), Tyler Unislawski (117th, 21:21.90), Tyler Rulison (123rd, 21:59.99) and Alex Buck (130th, 22:47.87).

Brett Flint paced Amsterdam with a 53rd-place finish, posting a time of 18:30.61.

Jon Knack (18:41.01) was 60th for the Rams, while Gabe Fernandez (19:04.05) was 73rd. Other Amsterdam finishers included David Graveley (90th, 19:40.59), Teddy Piccioccia (93rd, 19:49.18), Alex Stewart (103rd, 20:24.98) and William Weinheimer (118th, 21:26.79).

Daeshan Buseck led Johnstown, placing 51st with a time of 18:28.91. Sam Brunetto (18:57.11) was 66th for the Sir Bills, Aaron Alvarez (19:03.15) was 72nd and Cameron Roten (20:23.04) was 102nd.

Class B Girls

Running on its home course, Queensbury edged Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, 42-50, for the Class B girls team title. Holy Names (68 points) was third, South Glens Falls (161) was fourth and Amsterdam (169) was fifth. Gloversville was ninth with 244 points and Johnstown fielded an incomplete team.

Queensbury's Emily Guinther won the individual title, finishing the 3.1-mile race with a time of 18:53.48. Holy Names' Lydia Williams (19:00.34) was second, Holy Name's Kaylee Scott (19:00.58) was third, Queensbury's Megan Kellogg (19:07.72) was fourth and Emma Willard's Courtney Breiner (19:22.37) was fifth.

Amsterdam's Emma Lazarou was the top area finisher, placing 14th with a time of 19:55.78.

Illenis Quinones (20:22.60) was 20th for the Lady Rams, while Chantel Dopp was 38th with a time of 21:34.94. Other Amsterdam finishers included Caitlyn Adamchick (61st, 23:11.34), Kennedy Nordby (68th, 23:29.96) and Alyssa Turo (100th, 24:47.33).

Cassandra Ryan led Gloversville, placing 37th with a time of 21:32.90. Katie Senzio (23:06.52) was 58th for the Huskies, while Tierney VanDeusen ((23:08.92) was 60th.

Other Gloversville finishers included Sarah Ambrosino (62nd, 23:12.47), Emily Ambrosino (77th, 23:57.32), Haley Schuyler (80th, 24:12.36) and Veronica Peck (119th, 26:29.42).

Skylar Swatt led Johnstown, placing 105th with a time of 24:58.79. Bridget Spagnuola (30:22.73) was 129th for the Lady Bills, while Tatyana Rosario (31:47.13) was 130th.

Class D Boys

Greenwich cruised to the Class D boys team title with a total of 31 points, placing five runners in the top nine.

Duanesburg finished second with 65 points, while Maple Hill was third with 97 points. Mayfield placed 11th with a total of 249 points.

Greenwich's Jeremy Spezio won the individual title, finishing the 3.1-mile course in a time of 16:15.06. Argyle's Daryn Hutching (16:18.26) was second, Maple Hill's Jordan Healy (16:37.84) was third, Duanesburg's Pat Murphy (16:50.20) was fourth and Duanesburg's Xavier McKinley (17:09.83) was fifth.

Josh Gallup paced Mayfield, placing 19th with a time of 18:33.79. Connor Akowicz (20:06.13) was 47th, while Ian Chamberlain (20:55.26) was 62nd. Other Mayfield finishers included Mitch Akowicz (64th, 21:09.45), Austin Davis (74th, 21:39.75), Luke Cole (88th, 22:41.22), Cody Horowitz (110th, 25:18.81) and Jackson Dunn (114th, 26:09.01).

Class D Girls

Greenwich placed four runners in the top six on its way to the team title. The Witches finished with 25 points to easily outdistance runner-up Berne-Knox-Westerlo's total of 65 points. Maple Hill finished third, edging Saratoga Central Catholic in a tiebreaker after both finished with 95 points. Mayfield fielded an incomplete team.

Greenwich's Tori Spezio won the 3.1-mile race with a time of 19:41.37, while Greenwich's Sarah Lapham (20:10.82) was second. Maple Hill's Monica Strain (21:02.35) was third, Berne-Knox-Westerlo's Allie Tedeschi (21:21.02) was fourth and Greenwich's Bryanna Booth (21:22.53) was fifth.

Emily Cromie led Mayfield, placing 34th with a time of 24:51.47. Juleh Nikollaj (26:06.85) was 48th for the Lady Panthers, Emily Barker (26:24.07) was 49th and Kelsey Wasson (28:41.88) was 66th.

Class A Boys

Saratoga Springs won the boys Class A team title with a total of 52 points. Shenendehowa was second with 84 points and Colonie was third with 90.

Saratoga Springs' Aidan Tooker won the 3.1-mile boys race with a time of 15:43.13. Bethlehem's Stephen Booker (15:55.06) was second, Columbia's Kyle Gronostaj (16:01.12) was third, Colonie's Jake Johnson (16:09.74) was fourth and Colonie's Jordan Johnson (16:11.52) was fifth.

Class A Girls

Saratoga Springs claimed the Class A girls team title with a total of 50 points, while Guilderland was second with 64 points. Colonie (72 points) was third, Shenendehowa (94) was fourth and Shaker (125) was fifth.

Shaker's Maryanna Lansing won the individual title, covering the 3.1-mile course in a time of 18:43.82. Saratoga Springs' Samantha Vetter (19:00.46) was second, Shenendehowa's Danielle Jordan (19:05.91) was third, Colonie's Bellane Bower (19:07.35) was fourth and Guilderland's Emily Burns (19:09.93) was fifth.

 
 

 

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