Cross Country Roundup: Area teams compete at Blackbird Invitational

VOORHEESVILLE — Sebastian Mills turned in a third-place finish in the Varsity Boys-Division 2 race to lead Johnstown to a seventh-place finish in the team standings Saturday at the annual Blackbird Invitational at Wallace Park.

Mills covered the 3.1-mile course in 17:43 to finish third behind Voorheesville’s Evan Ensslin (16:58) and Rensselaer’s Henry Goca (17:18).

Also turning in a top-10 finish in the race was Fonda-Fultonville’s Shane Viscosi who finished seventh with his time of 18:29. The Braves finished sixth in the team standings with Trevor Cline scoring 20th with his time of 19:53; Myles Anderson scoring 21st with a 19:57, Christian Pearce 41st in 20:50 and Charlie Susi scored 46th in 21:08. Also competing for Fonda-Fultonville were Liam Viscosi (49th/21:11) and Ryan Shopmier (62nd/22:37).

For the Sir Bills, Mark Cwiakala scored 31st with his time of 20:10, while Nolan Hayes was 36th in 20″25 Jake Wesley was 50th in 21:14 Alex Cwiakala was 52nd in 21:29. Also competing for Johnstown were Nathan Cotton (53rd/21:30) and Justin Ferrara (60th/22:04).

Canajoharie/Fort Plain placed 12th in the Division-2 race with Tye Perue leading the way scoring 28th with his time of 20:06. Seth Wintermute scored 589th in 21:51, while Eric Elliott was 61st in 22:31, Trevor Howard scored 66th in 22:53, Andrew Martin was 68th in 23:07 and Michael Barlow scored 70th in 23:36.

In the Division 1 Boys Varsity race, Skyler Reed paced Gloversville to a ninth place finish in the team standings.

Reed covered the 3.1-mile course in 18:02 and was joined by Devon Pinckney (47th/21:11), Zachary Rocas (52nd/21:50), Dylan Phillips (54th/22:34) and Arron Sowle (58th/23:58) in the Huskies scoring.

Ballston Spa won their Division-1 title over Scotia-Glenville 48-56, while Oriskany topped Catholic Central 80-102 to win the Division-2 title.

On the girls side, Fonda-Fultonville placed ninth in the Division-2 varsity team standings, while Johnstown was 10th and Canajoharie/Fort Plain was 11th.

Johnstown sophomore Sara Smith was the top local finisher with her ninth-place run over the 3.1-mile course in 22:40.

She was joined in the scoring by Katie Romano (35th/24:58), Brooke Grace (45th/25:32), Alexis Houser (54th/26:35), Madison King (60th/28:09) and Abby Rodecker (66th/29:27).

Haley Clear led Fonda-Fultonville, scoring 17th with her time of 23:40, while Avery Cusack scored 19th in 23:56 and Madison Nichols scored 23rd in 24:07. Delena James scored 62nd in 28:35 and Kianna Hanson scored 64th in 29:03.

For Canajoharie/Fort Plain, Sherry Huang scored 14th with her time of 23:32, while Michaela Stockwell was 25th in 24:12 and Emma Karker was 43rd in 25:28. Ella Robinson scored 55th in 26:58 and Kym Terwilliger scored 71st with a time of 33:38.

In the Division-1 girls race, Daley Jo Christman placed 13th overall and Rhea Winter was 14th, both with a time of 22:46, while Josie Christman placed 28th overall with her time of 25:34.

Gloversville did not field a complete five-runner team for the event.

Ballston Spa edged Queensbury in the girls Division-1 scoring 39-48 to capture the title, while Duanesburg won the Division-2 title over Oriskany 74-114.

Guilderland Invitational

GUILDERLAND — Samantha Murphy led the Broadalbin-Perth girls varsity to a third place finish in the Small School division of the Guilderland Invitational Saturday at Tawasentha Park.

Murphy covered the course in 20:41.55 to finish fourth overall, while Gabby Larsen finished 10th in 22:16.90, Emma Frasier was 13th in 23:00.50, Lauren Phillips was 14th in 23:13.42 and Bianca Ropeter completed the scoring with her 17th-place finish in 26:55.34. Also finishing for Broadalbin-Perth were Aubrey Jennings (19th/27:33.27) and Sarah Larsen (20th/29:03.20).

Schuylerville won the small schools title with 22 points. Ichabod Crane was second with 37 points and the Lady Patriots were third with 53.

On the boys side, the Patriots placed fourth in the small school standings.

Micah Smith was the top B-P finisher, placing seventh with his time of 17:11.61, while Preston Hadley finished 14th in 17:49.01 and Connor Couperus finished 15th in 18:06.50 followed by Danny Dylone in 16th with a time of 18:06.50 and Antonio Zevola in 20th with his time of 18:44.71.

Also competing for the Patriots were Devin Becker (21st/18:48.02) and Kyle Henry (26th/19:59.08).

“Today was a good first meet for us,” Broadalbin-Perth coach Jeff Richards said. “The boys ran in a nice pack and finished with some impressive early season times. Our fourth-place finish was disappointing. However, it didn’t really reflect how we truly did as a team. Due to a small field, teams we would have beat got the upper hand. Had this been a typical 20-plus team meet we would have finished much higher. Our pack would have ensured this as we put six runners in front of any teams fifth. On the girls side our youth showed. Despite this, they ran well and leave me optimistic about our future. As they gain experience and confidence, our results will improve.”

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