2017 NY Girls XC Preview: Class A

Top 2017 Returning Runners by Last Year's TR Rating
Name Team GradeSection States Place Season TR
Kelsey ChmielSaratoga1121154
Katelyn TuohyNorth Rockland1012149
Claire WaltersFayetteville-Manlius1034146
Sophie RyanFayetteville-Manlius1237141
Phoebe WhiteFayetteville-Manlius1035140
Haleigh MoralesNorth Rockland1018138
Palmer MadsenFayetteville-Manlius12311137
Hannah RealeShenendehowa12217135
Jenna SchulzLiverpool10310133
Rebecca WaltersFayetteville-Manlius12316132
Abigail SpiersNiskayuna12219130
Madeline ShellardIrondequoit12518130
Olivia LomoscoloShenendehowa12240125
Jessica PidegonMonroe-Woodbury11921125
Justus Holden-BettsBaldwinsville11332124
Kate MertusCorning12434122
Lindsey DodenhoffSachem East1111---122
Rachel RuggieroSachem East121125122
Sarah FlynnUrsuline11127121
Keelyn CummingsSaratoga12231121
Carly BensonWest Genesee123---120
Kathryn TenneyColonie112---120
Reilly SiebertSyosset12844120
Gabreille SchneiderSmithtown1111---120
Ciara KnottSaratoga11230120

Four faces at the front of the NXN-NY breakout included from left, Class B and NXN-NY champ Katherine Lee, Manhattan Eastern States winner Katelyn Tuohy, States Class A and Federation champ Kelsey Chmiel, and McQuaid AAA winner Jessica Lawson.

Section by Section Class A Overview
SectionTop Teams Notes
1North Rockland, Ursuline, Carmel, Suffern, Mamaroneck, Lakeland-Panas, ArlingtonNorth Rockland won S1-A for the second straight year in 2016 and will be favored for three in a row, but Ursuline, Carmel. and Suffern could all challenge the Red Raiders if everything falls into place for any of them.
2Saratoga,  Shenendehowa, Niskayuna, Colonie, Guilderland, Bethlehem, Shaker, Ballston SpaSaratoga hasn't lost at sectionals since 1999, but Shen went to NXN Nationals last year and lost the S2-A battle by only 3 points after getting beat on a tie-breaker two years earlier. So at some point the Blue Streaks' long streak has got to end, and with Niskayuna also returning a very strong team, this year could be the first without a Toga party during the 21st century --- or not.
3Fayetteville-Manlius, West Genesee, Liverpool, Baldwinsville, Cicero-North SyracuseFM has a lock on the sectional title, but West Genesee, Liverpool, and Baldwinsville have all moved up among the top 12 teams in Class A, so S3-A is no longer just the stomping ground of the perennial NXN champ.
4Elmira Express, Ithaca, Corning, HorseheadsWith Corning losing three of its top four including Jessica Lawson to graduation, Elmira and Ithaca seem to have edged a little ahead as the favorites for the S4-A title.
5Canandaigua, Webster Thomas, Penfield, Rush-Henrietta, Fairport, Churchville-Chili, HiltonS5-A is in a bit of turmoil after heavy graduations and the movement of some teams between classes, but last year's S5-B winner Canandaigua returns to Class A and has the most firepower. Webster Thomas has won the last four titles, and the Titans and Penfield should also be ready for the showdown in November.
6West Seneca West, Clarence, Lockport, LancasterIn another sectional group that was hard hit by graduation, West Seneca West returns most of its varsity crew and will be the favorite over Clarence and reigning champ Lockport.
7No representatives
8Manhasset, Syosset, East Meadow, Port Washington,  Oceanside, MassapequaSyosset has won five straight S8-A titles, but 2016 S8-B champ Manhasset moves up to A and may have the advantage with a full returning squad versus the Braves' depleted unit, and East Meadow could also be ready for the challenge.
9Monroe-Woodbury, Warwick Valley, Washingtonville, Pine BushMonroe-Woodbury is shooting for its fourth straight sectional title and will be favored again because of its depth in another battle with Warwick Valley.
10No representatives
11Sachem East, Ward Melville, Smithtown, Bay Shore,  Eastport-South Manor, Commack, Sachem North

The S11-A battle should again be one of the best. Reigning champ Ward Melville lost a little more to graduation than did runner-up Sachem East, and the two teams will start the year again as the favorites with Smithtown and Bay Shore right behind.

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