2016 NY Boys XC Preview: Class C

Watkins GlenSenecas

Section: 4Class: CColors: Navy and Maroon

Watkins Glen's Patrick Hazlitt finished 11th at States to lead the Senecas to 2nd place.
XC History
States Teams: 2011 (C-4th), 2015 (C-2nd)

States Individuals (Top 10 finishers): Keith Callanan (1975, C-3rd), Matt Gill (2012, C-4th) (2013, D-2nd)

Last Year's Summary: 14th in Federation, 2nd in States C, 1st in Sectionals C


NameGradeSect. Place Top Notes States ResultsSeason TR
Patrick Hazlitt1222nd in Tully-Sm11171
Shawn Rutledge1233rd in IAC23165
Gabe Planty964th in IAC28162
Sam Hanley12918th in Marathon-Sd44154
Jacob Carocci128149th in Federation59151
Daniel Paradiso111218th in Tully-Sm70145
Aaron Planty11152nd in Tully-JV---140
Sean Holland113216th in Tully-Sm115140
This Year's Outlook
Watkins Glen finished 2nd at States to East Aurora, and now with the Blue Devils up in Class B and a full cast coming back from last  year, the Senecas look well set up in a bid for their first state championship. A senior quartet including States medalist Patrick Hazlitt, Shaun Rutledge, Sam Hanley and Jacob Carocci has freshman Gabe Planty moving up for a bigger role. With a deep squad and the veteran experience, Watkins Glen should be one of the top 2 powers in Class C this year.

Mount AcademyEagles

Section: 9Class: CColors: Blue and yellow

Mount Academy's Martin Kurtz led his team to a 3rd place finish at States.
XC History
States Teams: 2012 (D-1st), 2013 (D-1st), 2014 (C-2nd), 2015 (C-3rd)

States Individuals (Top 10 finishers): Rufus Wareham (2012, D-4th) Keith Baird (2013, D-4th) (2014, C-2nd)

Last Year's Summary: 9th in NXN-NY, 10th in Federation, 3rd in States C, 1st in Sectionals C


NameGradeSect. Place Top Notes States ResultsSeason TR
Kent Kurtz1249th in Section 1 Coaches-331163
Daryl Blough12711th in Bowdoin50162
Brendan Baird12576th in NXN-NY53160
Bernard King121023rd in OCIAA41155
Judah Ben Eliezer11--1st in OCIAA-JV--153
Justin Compy129105th in NXN-NY55152
Jamie Keiderling12
9th in OCIAA-JV
Lester Noble12
8th in OCIAA-JV
Eric Zumpe10
10th in OCIAA-JV
Adam King11
5th Section 1 Coaches-JV
This Year's Outlook
Mount Academy fell back to 3rd at States last year after two championships and then a 2nd in 2014. This year Mount again has its usual deep squad and though missing the top two from last year, it should be battling with Watkins Glen at Chenango Valley for its first Class C championship. Seniors Kent Kurtz, Daryl Blough, Brendan Baird, Bernard King, and Justin Compy return with States experience, and the addition of Judah Ben Eliezer gives the Eagles a great base from which to push the speed ratings a little higher to those likely needed to win at States.


Section: 3Class: CColors: Green, red and white

Marcellus senior Patrick McGuane led the Mustangs to 5th place as he grabbed the final States medal in 20th place.
XC History
States Teams: 1971 (B-6th), 1977 (B-3rd), 1984 (B-7th), 1985 (B-7th), 2010 (B-4th), 2011 (B-5th), 2015 C-5th)

States Individuals (Top 10 finishers): Ron Cox (1989, B-7th), Chris Stogsdill (2006, B-8th) (2007, B-2nd) (2008, B-1st), Jesse Garn (2009, B-5th) (2010, B-5th), Ryan Manahan (2010, B-3rd) (2011, B-2nd) (2012, B-1st)

Last Year's Summary: 3rd in Sectionals B


NameGradeSect. Place (B)Top Notes States Results (B)Season TR
Ethan Mosure1196th in OHSL Liberty60150
Joseph Riccardi11205th in Baldwinsville-SM69150
Michael Brown121615th in Tully-Sm65147
Mathew Strempel12178th in V-V-S-364145
Sean Raymond123017th in OHSL Liberty92142
Andrew Moran126714th in OHSL Liberty104137
This Year's Outlook
Marcellus took the title in S3-C after moving down from Class B, and the Mustangs will again have a sizeable lead as the favorite entering into the season despite the loss of frontrunner Patrick McGuane. Everyone else is back, and though Ethan Mosure had the top place among the returners at sectionals and States, Joseph Riccardi, Michael Brown, and Matthew Strempel form a pack at around the same level.


Section: 1Class: CColors: Green and white

Pleasantville senior Aidan McDermott paced himself well to pick up an 8th place medal at States last year for the 4th place Panthers.
XC History
States Teams: 1966 (C-1st), 1967 (C-2nd), 2013 (C-3rd), 2014 (C-3rd), 2015 (C-4th)

States Individuals (Top 10 finishers): Pete Freyburg (1966, C-5th), Jerry. Mimnaugh (1967, C-7th), Aidan McDermott (2015, C-8th)

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


NameGradeSect. Place Top Notes States ResultsSeason TR
JC Yahia1258th in Section 1 Coaches-326165
Declan McDermott111112th in Byram Hills56156
Dylan Bronkema122935th in Section 1 Coaches-360145
Will Blasdell124359th in Westchester County84135
Max Coleman11
55th in Brewster-1
This Year's Outlook
Pleasantville.won its third straight sectional title in 2015 but fell a little further back at States and then lost its top guys Aidan MvDermott and Drew Dorflinger to graduation. Although a solid group is back this season headed by JC Yahia and Declan McDermott, the Panthers are starting to see some depth issues and will be in a tough battle in S1-C if there are no influx of new guys to fill the line.


Section: 1Class: CColors: Blue and gray

Bronxville's Matt Rizzo out-sprinted Pawling's Kevin Whitworth for what would be the final at-large spot for States.
XC History
States Teams: 1979 (C-3rd), 1982 (C-7th), 1987 (C-7th), 1992 [BronxvilleTuckahoe] (C-11th), 2001 (D-5th), 2002 (D-3rd), 2003 (D-6th)

States Individuals (Top 10 finishers): Dan Farley (1950, B-6th), Steve Clark (1979, C-9th), Scott Burns (1997, C-8th), Colin Steele (1999, D-6th), Dayton Flannery (2010, C-9th), John Flannery (2012, C-7th) (2013, C-2nd)

Last Year's Summary: 2nd in Sectionals C


NameGradeSect. Place Top Notes States ResultsSeason TR
Matt Rizzo10639th in Manhattan-C51159
Alex Rizzo101518th in Westchester County
Henry Vollmer122036th in Manhattan-C
Tim Murray94794th in Westchester County
Evan Downs12
34th in Section 1 Coaches-4
This Year's Outlook
The Broncos ran 13 points behind Pleasantville at sectionals as they tried to win their first title since 2003, and this year they look to be pretty much dead even with the Panthers entering the season. But after losing frontrunner Sean Ryan and two other of last year's seniors, Bronxville has some work to do building up the depth behind the new lead guys, twins Matt and Alex Rizzo.

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