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Braves win Class C crown; will compete for state title

Relyea, Clear, Dzikowicz, Decker and Abdella qualify for state meet

Fonda-Fultonville’s Shane Viscosi, center, runs with LaSalle’s Gitch Hayes, left, and Ichabod Crane’s Trevor Cavagnaro, right, in the boys Class C race during Monday’s Section II Cross Country Championships at Saratoga Spa State Park in Saratoga Springs. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Several area runners were among those earning state meet spots Monday at the Section II Cross Country Championships at Saratoga Spa State Park.

Leading the way was the Fonda-Fultonville boys team, which won the Class C title. It is the Braves’ first sectional crown since 2012.

FFCS finished with a total of 70 points to top Greenville, which finished with 85 points.

“We’ve got a very young team and we’ve kind of been under the radar all year,” Fonda-Fultonville coach Mike Benton said. “The boys did a great job today. This was a long time coming.”

Amsterdam’s Trevor Dzikowicz, Galway’s Holden Decker, Mayfield’s Cameron Abdella all qualified in their respective classes in the boys meet, while Mayfield’s Madison Relyea and Fonda-Fultonville’s Haley Clear qualified for states in the girls meet.

Mayfield’s Madison Relyea won the girls Class D race during Monday’s Section II Cross Country Championships at Saratoga Spa State Park in Saratoga Springs. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)

“Maddy [Relyea] did awesome,” Mayfield coach Rebecca Newkirk said. “She had surgery before the season, so she kind of was behind schedule, but she’s gotten stronger as the year has gone on.”

Dzikowicz, a junior, became the first Amsterdam boys to qualify for states since Jaime Julia in 2002, finishing 11th overall in the Class A boys race with a time of 16:24.20.

Decker, a senior, earned his second straight trip to states by placing second in the Class D boys race with a time of 16:28.56, while Abdella, a freshman, earned his first trip to the state meet, placing fourth in the Class D boys race with a time of 17:06.36.

Decker placed 67th in the boys Class D race at last year’s state meet with a time of 19:29.5.

On the girls side, Relyea, a junior, won the Class D race for the second straight year and earned her fourth straight trip to the state meet. Relyea won with a time of 18:31.21.

Fonda-Fultonville’s Bennett Melita was fourth in the boys Class C race during Monday’s Section II Cross Country Championships at Saratoga Spa State Park in Saratoga Springs. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)

“It wasn’t really the kind of year that I thought it would be,” Relyea said. “It feels good to win the Class D race and go to states again though.”

Relyea finished fifth in the girls Class D race at the state meet last year as a sophomore at Sunken Meadow State Park. Relyea finished the 5K course in a time of 19:33.9 to secure her third top-10 finish in her third straight trip to the state meet. Relyea was the top Section II runner in the race. Relyea was seventh at the state meet as a freshman and sixth as an eighth-grader in 2016.

“I’m looking forward to the state meet,” Newkirk said. “It’s great to be going with two runners.”

Clear, a junior, earned her first trip to states, placing 11th in the overall Class C race with a time of 20:08.99.

The New York State Public High School Athletic Association Cross Country Championships are scheduled for Nov. 16. The meet will begin with opening ceremonies at 8:45 a.m. The Class A boys race with kick off the meet at 9 a.m., followed by the Class B boys race (9:30 a.m.), the Class C boys race (10 a.m.) and the Class D boys race (10:30 a.m.). The first girls race will be the Class A race at 11 a.m. The Class B girls race is set for 11:30 a.m., the Class C girls race is slated for noon and the Class D girls race is set for 12:30 p.m.

Galway's Emma Jordan placed eighth in the girls Class D race during Monday’s Section II Cross Country Championships at Saratoga Spa State Park in Saratoga Springs. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)

Class C Boys

Fonda-Fultonville placed four runners in the top 15 on their way to winning the team title.

Greenville (85 points) was second, LaSalle (116) was third, Schuylerville (119) was fourth and Ichabod Crane (149) was fifth. Johnstown (175) was seventh, Broadalbin-Perth (230) was eighth and Canajoharie-Fort Plain (359) was 14th.

LaSalle’s Gitch Hayes won the overall Class C boys race with a time of 15:34.20. Greenville’s Ryan Russell (16:47.36) was third and Schuylerville’s Daryl Headen (17:05.31) was fifth.

Junior Shane Viscosi led the Braves, placing second with a time of 16:23.85. Freshman Bennett Melita was fourth for FFCS with a time of 17:00.34, eighth-grader Matheu Dettenrieder (17:39.19) was 13th and senior Christian Pearce (17:49.10) was 15th.

Galway's Holden Decker finished second in the boys Class D race during Monday’s Section II Cross Country Championships at Saratoga Spa State Park in Saratoga Springs. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)

Other finishers for the Braves included Trevor Cline (39th, 18:34.48), Ty Sanges (41st, 18:36.94), Charles Susi (65th, 19:20.21), Tristan Cline (91st, 19:54.82), Ryan Schopmeier (116th, 20:38.15) and John Hall (153rd, 22:57.35).

Alex Cwiakala led Johnstown, placing 23rd with a time of 18:04.03. Tyler Downing (18:27.43) was 34th for the Sir Bills, Josh Peck (18:32.14) was 37th and Jake Wesley (18:40.46) was 44th.

Other Johnstown finishers included Nate Cotton (51st, 18:55.65), Garrett Bobowski (60th, 19:10.04), Cody Draper (69th, 19:26.70), Justin Ferrara (110th, 20:28.92), Vinnie Rizzo (126th, 20:59.91) and Max Gyldenvand (128th, 21:07.91).

Daniel Dylong was Broadalbin-Perth’s top finisher, placing 25th with a time of 18:08.44. Connor Couperus (18:09.13) was 26th for the Patriots, Micah Smith (18:44.23) was 45th and Jordan Perna (19:31.40) was 75th.

Other B-P finishers included Blaine Herrick (78th, 19:33.20), Nicholas Musillo (85th, 19:43.44), Joshua Hughes (101st, 20:08.98), Jon Simmons (114th, 20:33.16), Gabriel Leone (139th, 21:36.04) and Thomas Holland (151st, 22:29.25).

Amsterdam's Trevor Dzikowicz, third from left, runs near the front of the pack at the start of the boys Class B race during Monday''s Section II Cross Country Championships at Saratoga Spa State Park in Saratoga Springs. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)

Seth Wintermute was Canajoharie-Fort Plain’s top finisher, placing 57th with a time of 19:06.12. Trevor Howard (19:17.32) was 63rd for C-FP, Eric Elliott (19:28.90) was 72nd and Michael Harris (19:55.15) was 92nd.

Other Canajoharie-Fort Plain finishers included Martin Kretser (121st, 20:50.11), Michael Barlow (143rd, 22:00.04), Kurt Sunderland (146th, 22:14.87) and Fallon Wells (148th, 22:20.08),

FFCS also topped the Class C team standings with 38 points. Greenville (42) was second, Catholic Central (82) was third, Voorheesville (143) was fourth and Stillwater (154) was fifth. Canajoharie-Fort Plainw as seventh with 165 points.

In the Class CC team standings, Schuylerville was first with 60 points. LaSalle (64) was second, Ichabod Crane (82) was third, Johnstown (97) was fourth and Cobleskill-Richmondville (124) was fifth. Broadalbin-Perth (126) was sixth.

“Today was a disappointing finish to what was a great season. Unfortunately, we picked the wrong day to have a bad team effort. As the coach, that is on me as they were not prepared as they should have been and for that I take full responsibility. However, despite today’s outcome these kids have a lot to be proud of,” Broadalbin-Perth coach Jeff Richards said. “In my 20 years of coaching, I have not had a team as caring as this one. They became more than a team, they became family and that is what will ultimately make them successful in life. They have all the ingredients. Although, today hurt, they will get over it and grow from it. The memories however, will last a lifetime. They are truly a team I will never forget.”

Class C Girls

Greenwich’s Brynne Wright won the overall Class C individual title, finishing with a time of 17:46.91.

Greenville’s Tess Fitzmaurice (18:22.21) was second, while Greenwich claimed the third, fourth and fifth spots. Quinn Collins (18:51.56) was third, Brooke Wright (18:57.58) was fourth and Teagan Wright (19:22.73) was fifth for the Witches.

Clear was the top local finisher, placing 11th for FFCS with her time of 20:08.99.

Avery Cusack was 54th for the Lady Braves with a time of 22:02.01, while Kimberlee Snell (22:20.67) was 60th.

Other FFCS finishers included Delena James (90th, 24:56.48), Madison Thomson (92nd, 25:02.49), Emma Charboneau (100th, 26:11.45), Kianna Hanson (112th, 27:21.71), Kaitlyn Stearns (119th, 29:07.92), Kaylee Freeman (121st, 29:28.24) and Evelyn Yun (122nd, 32:18.30).

Sarah Smith was Broadalbin-Perth’s top finisher, placing 16th with a time of 20:32.15. Emma Frasier (20:32.15) was 17th for the Lady Patriots, while Haley Tomlinson (21:16.19) was 30th.

Other B-P finishers included Emma Murphy (37th, 21:33.22), Lauren Phillips (47th, 21:59.78), Caroline Iannotti (51st, 22:02.98), Erica Lin (63rd, 22:50.90), Samantha Murphy (65th, 23:00.43), Ava Tyler (80th, 24:09.12) and Grace Smith (90th, 24:42.13).

Emma Karker led Canajoharie-Fort Plain with a 59th-place finish with a time of 22:38.90. Ella Robinson (23:47.47) was 74th for C-FP, while Samantha Barlow (24:15.87) was 81st.

Other C-FP finishers included Natalie Thibodeau (105th, 25:27.97) and Natalia Downs (109th, 26:42.90).

Greenwich cruised to the overall Class C girls team title by a 20-86 margin over Ichabod Crane. Greenville (103) was third, Broadalbin-Perth (106) was fourth and Cobleskill-Richmondville (133) was fifth. Fonda-Fultonville (252) was 10th, while Canajoharie-Fort Plain (318) was 11th. Johnstown did not field a team.

In the Class C team standings, Greenwich was first with 20 points, Greenville (56) was second and Voorheesville (79) was third. Fonda-Fultonville was fifth with 128 points and Canajoharie-Fort Plain was sixth with a total of 162 points.

Ichabod Crane topped the Class CC team standings with 43 points. Broadalbin-Perth was second with 51 points and Cobleskill-Richmondville was third with 64 points.

Class D Boys

Lake George won the Class D boys team title with a total of 54 points. Chatham (75) was second, Maple Hill (77) was third, Duanesburg (91) was fourth and Berlin (113) was fifth. Mayfield was sixth with 144 points, while Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville and Galway fielded incomplete teams.

Duanesburg’s Andrew Drescher won the Class D boys race with a time of 16:05.50. Decker (16:28.56) was second, Maple Hill’s Noah Albanese (16:57.98) was third, Abdella (17:06.36) was fourth and Lake George’s Joseph Cocozza (17:08.38) was fifth.

Mayfield’s Trevor Ruberti (17:42.97) was ninth.

“Cam [Abdella] has done amazing all season,” Newkirk said. “He’s worked hard and I’m happy for him.”

Other finishers for the Panthers included Braydon Jourden (38th, 18:57.61), Shawn Allen (41st, 19:14.86), Michael Smigen (76th, 21:13.00), Dylan Merk (100th, 22:57.25) and Jackson Levine-Grace (113th, 27:55.32).

James Hilton (20:15.53) was 63rd for Galway, Thomas Villano (21:51.37) was 86th and Ben Jordan (23:43.66) was 103rd.

Trenton Stevenson (22:05.29) was 92nd to lead Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville, while Michael Green (24:56.07) was 107th.

Class D Girls

After having just one runner on its team just two years ago, Mayfield finished second in the Class D girls team standings with 67 points. Berlin won the team title with 60 points, Lake George (90 points) was third, Berne-Knox-Westerlo (114) was fourth and North Warren-Johnsburg (139) was fifth. Galway and Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville fielded incomplete teams.

Relyea won the Class D girls individual title for the second straight year, finishing with a time of 18:31.21.

Fianna Halloran (21:26.20) was 15th for the Lady Panthers, while Tatjana Bjelica (21:56.83) was 20th.

Other Mayfield finishers included Olivia Michalski (22nd, 22:22.64), Lilliana Powers (29th, 22:35.29) and Delaney LaFontaine (64th, 25:55.60).

“It’s an amazing feeling to have a full team,” Relyea said. “I was running for them today and we did well.”

Emma Jordan was eighth to lead Galway, finishing with a time of 20:05.75. Morgan Drouin (24:15.99) was 47th for the Golden Eagles and Emma Mariani (28:21.20) was 76th.

Arianna George was OESJ’s top finisher, placing 70th with a time of 27:17.71. Trinity Chromczak (31:05.16) was 83rd for the Lady Wolves and Margaret Christensen (37:49.87) was 87th.

Class B Boys

Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake’s Ryan Allison won the Class B boys race with a time of 15:15.85.

Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake’s Will Marchant (15:49.33) was second, Scotia-Glenville’s Noah Greski (15:51.94) was third, Scotia-Glenville’s Kyle Ostrander (15:53.75) was fourth and Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake’s Matthew Rounds (15:58.43) was fifth.

Dzikowicz was Amsterdam’s top finisher, placing 11th with a time of 16:24.20.

Daniel Bublak (18:52.85) was 62nd for the Rams, while Joseph Santiago (19:15.28) was 68th.

Other Amsterdam finishers included Matthew Stachnik (78th, 19:51.82),

Dylan Phillips was 44th for Gloversville with a time of 18:12.47. Justin Santiago (97th, 21:18.50), Brady Naish (100th, 22:42.03), Tyler Rodecker (102nd, 22:54.67)

Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake won the Class B boys team title with 21 points. Scotia-Glenville was second with 64 points, while Christian Brothers Academy was third with 114 points. Averill Park (128 points) was fourth and Albany Academy (138) was fifth.

Amsterdam finished 10th with 263 points, while Gloversville fielded an incomplete team.

Class B Girls

Mohonasen’s Kate Sherman won the Class B girls race with a time of 18:04.03.

Averill Park’s Logan Barsalow (18:20.11) was second, Scotia-Glenville’s Stephanie James (18:25.68) was third, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake’s Mia Paolino (18:32.50) was fourth and Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake’s Jamisen Vendetti (18:40.49) was fifth.

Kayla Sondrup was Amsterdam’s top finisher, placing 25th with a time of 21:16.52, while Brook Marshall (22:44.48) was 50th.

Other finishers for the Lady Rams included Sydney Szczepanik (61st, 23:06.18), Skylar Grybos (70th, 24:14.50), Briana Kelly (72nd, 24:18.87), Alinah Marinov (73rd, 24:40.52), Makayla Brown (75th, 25:04.86) and Josie Smith (80th, 26:11.18).

Gloversville’s Rhea Winter (22:03.88) was 40th.

Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake won the Class B team title with a total of 40 points, Mohonasen (47 points) was second, Emma Willard (94) was third, Scotia-Glenville (119) was fourth and Averill Park (122) was fifth. Amsterdam was ninth with 236 points and Gloversville fielded an incomplete team.

Class A Boys

Shenendehowa edged Guilderland by a point, 48-49, to claim the Class A boys title. Shaker was third with 83 points, Niskayuna was fourth with a total of 106 and Saratoga Springs was fifth with a total of 114.

Niskayuna’s Thomas Ragone won the Class A boys race with a time of 15:18.87. Guilderland’s Sean O’Brien (15:21.62) was second, Guilderland’s Jack Parsons (15:28.81) was third, Shenendehowa’s Ryan Shanahan (15:29.76) was fourth and Shaker’s Francisco Mendonca (15:34.29) was fifth.

Class A Girls

Saratoga Springs claimed the Class A title by a 30-78 margin over Shenendehowa. Niskayuna was third with 101 points, Bethlehem was fourth with 103 points and Shaker was fifth with 112 points.

Saratoga Springs’ Ella Kurto won the individual title with a time of 17:02.30. Ballston Spa’s Faith DeMars (17:24.54) was second, Saratoga Springs’ Sheridan Wheeler (17:24.92) was third, Shenendehowa’s Jada Dennis (17:27.09) was fourth and Shaker’s Leonni Griffin (17:31.81) rounded out the top five.

Broadalbin-Perth's Sarah Smith, left, leads Fonda-Fultonville's Haley Clear in the girls Class C race during Monday''s Section II Cross Country Championships at Saratoga Spa State Park in Saratoga Springs. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)

Mayfield's Cameron Abdella, left, finished fourth in the boys Class D race during Monday''s Section II Cross Country Championships at Saratoga Spa State Park in Saratoga Springs.(The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)

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