2017 NY Girls XC Preview: Class B

Burnt HillsSpartans

Section: 2Class: BColors: Maroon and white
Burnt Hills' Rory Graham finishes up 12th just behind Niskayuna's Amelia Kokernak in last year's Suburban Council race. Graham will be leading the Spartans in 2017 after the departure of three-time States medalist Eva Scott.
XC History
States Teams: 2003 (B-7th), 2006 (A-1st), 2007 (A-1st), 2008 (A-1st), 2010 (A-3rd), 2011 (B-2nd), 2014 (B-1st), 2015 (B-3rd) 2016 (B-4th)  NXN Nationals: 2007 (5th), 2008 (8th)

States Individuals (Top 10 finishers): Tina Reynolds (1989, A-8th), Ansku Jalohen (1988, A-4th), Leah Folmsbee (1999, B-9th) (2000, B-9th), Meaghan Gregory (2006, A-2nd) (2008, A-8th), Sam Roecker (2006, A-4th) (2007, A-2nd) (2008, A-4th), Molly Pezzulo (2008, A-5th) (2009, A-6th), Kiersten Anderson (2009, A-8th), Eva Scott (2015, B-4th) (2016, B-5th), Rory Graham (2016, B-10th)

Last Year's Summary: 4th in States B, 1st in Sectionals B

NameGradeSect. Place Top Notes States ResultsSeason TR
Rory Graham11312th in Suburban Council10118
Emily Berg8137th in McQuaid-JV56113
Monica Jerry121045th in Suburban Council8798
Kristen McAlonen121228th in McQuaid-AA7094
Marielle Scott112014th in Suburban Council-JV
Jamisen Vendetti8
(11:05 in 3000m - track)
88 (est.)
This Year's Outlook
After finishing at least in the top 3 in its last seven States appearance, Burnt Hills finished 4th last year and also lost three-time States medalist Eva Scott to graduation along with a big part of its depth. The question now is whether the Spartans can gather enough runners behind States medalist junior Rory Graham to fend off a trio of teams including Schalmont, Queensbury,and Mohonasen for the S2-B title.

Westhill-Bishop LuddenWarriors

Section: 3Class: BColors: Royal blue and white
Westhill-Bishop Ludden's Haylei Coolican sprints home 5th ahead of Camden's Morgan Lucason to help lead the Warriors to the Section 3 Class B title.
XC History
States Teams: 2001 (B-3rd), 2002 (B-3rd), 2003 (B-8th), 2004 (B-7th), 2006 (B-7th), 2007 (B-8th), 2008 (B-10th), 2011 (B-7th), 2012 (B-9th), 2013 (B-9th), 2014 (C-4th), 2016 (B-6th)

States Individuals (Top 10 finishers): Genny Corcoran (2014, C-10th)

Last Year's Summary: 6th in States B, 1st in Sectionals B

NameGradeSect. Place Top Notes States ResultsSeason TR
Liz Kessler1073rd in OHSL Liberty41107
Haylei Coolican1154th in OHSL Liberty36107
Maddie Nowicki111097th in NXN-NY5493
Kylie Nowicki9813th in OHSL Liberty7890
Alaina Kenny121111th in OHSL Liberty8388
Maura McAnaney121526th in McDaniel-Baxter-68584
Kendra McCaul121525th in OHSL Liberty8584
This Year's Outlook
Last year the young Warriors beat out Jamesville-Dewitt by 9 points for the S3-B title, but this year with the top 7 back, Westhill should be a bigger favorite for a repeat Sectional win. Coolican and Kessler are back from top-50 finishes at States, and the rest of the team shows depth and room to grow.


Section: 9Class: BColors: Green and white
Cornwall's Sydney Decker shown here running at States beside Goshen's Morgan Serkes and Wayne's Adrianna Behrendt is the top returning Dragon finisher from the meet to lead the quest for a 17th straight Sectional title.
XC History
States Teams: 1997 (B-9th), 1998 (B-4th), 2001 (B-5th), 2002 (B-5th), 2003 (B-5th), 2004 (A-2nd), 2005 (A-3rd), 2006 (A-4th), 2007 (A-4th), 2008 (A-2nd), 2009 (A-4th), 2010 (A-4th), 2011 (B-9th), 2012 (B-5th), 2013 (B-6th), 2014 (B-2nd), 2015 (B-5th), 2016 (B-5th)

States Individuals (Top 10 finishers): Suzanne Gold (1991, B-8th), Lynne Mundy (2003, B-6th) (2004, A-3rd) (2005, A-3rd), Aisling Cuffe (2008, A-2nd) (2009, A-1st) (2010, A-1st), Beatrice Boylan (2012, B-6th) (2013, B-8th), Dara Cuffe (2014, B-3rd), Victoria Caroli (2015, B-8th)

Last Year's Summary:  5th in States B, 1 st in Sectionals B

NameGradeSect. Place Top Notes States ResultsSeason TR
Sydney Decker1257th in OCIAA33108
Meredith Hickman11614th in OCIAA37107
Zoe Scileppi121227th in OCIAA8192
Julette Vallet121128thin OCIAA7690
Sophia Perez10
14th in OCIAA-JV
Gia Flores11
42nd in Manhattan-F
This Year's Outlook
Cornwall is yet another team with a reduced preseason speed rating than last year but which seems far more secure for another sectional win. Last year the Dragons survived an S9-B showdown with Goshen that was tied through the first four places and had a final 6 point margin. This year Cornwall looks very good for its 17th straight Sectionals with Decker, Hickman, Vallet and Scileppi back from top 12 places in last year's race. But three of the top 4 are seniors, so a recruiting campaign may be necessary if the Dragons want to keep flying in the future.


Section: 1Class: BColors: Green and white
Schalmont's Emily Pahl (no. 285) with teammate Kerry Flower hovering right behind were two of the three Sabres running at States along with frontrunner Mya June. Mt. Sinai's Kaitlyn Chandrika and Starpoint's Samantha Henry are at right.
XC History
States Teams: 

States Individuals (Top 10 finishers): 

Last Year's Summary: 2nd in Sectionals B

NameGradeSect. Place Top Notes States ResultsSeason TR
Emily Pahl1141st in Colonial Council59109
Mya June962nd in Colonial Council40107
Kerry Flower1254th in John Killian73104
Caitlin Buzas11317th in Blackbird-1
Brittany Riggins113326th in John Killian
Bridget Riggins104616th in Colonial Council
This Year's Outlook

Although Schalmont may have enough to challenge Burnt Hills in S2-A with its top trio of States finalists that include Mya June, Emily Pahl, and Kerry Flower, the back end of the lineup will need a boost even with the top 6 runners back from last year's varsity.


Section: 1Class: BColors: Green and white
Florence Cuomo was Brewster's frontrunner last year as a sophomore, and she placed 2nd here in the Section 1 Coaches race 2.
XC History
States Teams:  

States Individuals (Top 10 finishers):  Ariana Bottalico (2010, A-10th) (2011, A-7th)

Last Year's Summary: 4th in Sectionals B

NameGradeSect. Place Top Notes States ResultsSeason TR
Florence Cuomo11162nd in Northern Counties
Kennedy Lamoreaux9
17th in McDaniel-Baxter-8
Elsa Neubauer101711th in Byram Hills
Marissa Crowley10218th in Byram Hills
Clarissa Cuomo92814th in Northern Counties
Lili Verrastro105015th in Brewster-1
Mackenzie Luby123816th in Brewster-1
This Year's Outlook
Although Brewster was a ways back last year in the Sectionals meet, the Bears have their top 5 rated runners back, including Kennedy Lamoreaux who missed the postseason meets and had a strong 8th grade track season. Frontrunner Florence Cuomo returns as probably the 7th rated runner in S1-B, and the young Bears could be a big factor in the section this year with a little more growth and depth.

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