Heat Wave Slows XC Opening Weekend
photos Mary DiBiase Blaich
Left: Victoria Pontecorvo (Tottenville) won the girls varsity race at The Rob Breen Invitational.
Monsignor Farrell wins the boys Varsity race over Bishop Ford 43 to 55 in the season opener at Clove Lakes Park. The Tottenville girls hold off North Rockland 28 to 38.
The temperature was pushing 90 degrees in lower New York and the heat was felt across the state as times were a little slower than hoped for. At The Saranac Lake Invitational, the time wasn't that fast but the outcome was as expected as Ticonderoga senior Lee Berube won his first invitational of the season with a time of 17:47.
Meanwhile downstate, Katie Sullivan or Ursuline pulled out the win at her teams own Invitational, the Ursuline Invitational at Van Cortland Park, with a solid 15:53 over the classic 2.5 mile course.
Over in Orange County, the annual Wizard Invitational at Washingtonville went off smoothly. Suffern's Shelby Greany, a two time Footlocker finalist, won in 18:18 to lead her team to 28.40 win over Cornwall. Chelsea Hanson led Arlington to an easy win in the other girls race. The boys "A" race came down to a tiebreaker, which Arlington won over Cornwall. Arlington put four under 17:00 on this very hot day. Washingtonville edged Kellenberg 34-39 in the other race.
At the VVS Invitational, Chris Stogsdill of Marcellus had the fastest time of the day for the boys while Heather Vroman of Proctor did the same for the girls.
The Central Square Invitational saw two Syracuse area schools flip flopped in the girls and boys races. The Baldwinsville girls beat the CNS girls 41-64 while the CNS boys beat the B-Ville boys 63-68.
At the Spackenkill Invitational, the Somers boys won with 29 points in the first annual meet. More results to follow....
At the Shaker Invitational, Queensbury boys over Shenendehowa for the team title 43-46. Queensbury's Matt Flint won in 15:57.5. The Shenendehowa girls were lead by a 1-2 finish by Morgan Roche and Cara Janeczko as they easily took the title 50-97 over Niskayuna.
Friday night at the Randolph Invitational in New Jersey, the Pearl River girls won their race with 42 points and the Iona Prep boys were 4th in their race, though one of their runners, Kyle Sheppard, dropped out. The Tri-Valley girls were 3rd in their race.