2018 NY Girls XC Preview: Class A

Top 2018 Returning Runners by Last Year's TR Rating
Name Team GradeSection States Place Season TR
Katelyn TuohyNorth Rockland1111169
Kelsey ChmielSaratoga1222156
Claire WaltersFayetteville-Manlius1133147
Phoebe WhiteFayetteville-Manlius1136143
Jenna SchulzLiverpool1138137
Mary HennellySuffern11117135
Madison NeunerLiverpool12310132
Dana LynchMiddletown12911131
Sarah TrainorFDR1199131
Faith DemarsBallston Spa11240128
Sydney NowickiLockport10613128
Justus Holden-BettsBaldwinsville12315127
Gianna CapocciaRome Free Academy103--126
Roshni SinghBay Shore111124125
Rachel HodgeBethlehem11219124
Grace KaercherFayetteville-Manlius10321124
Jessica PidgeonMonroe-Woodbury12914123
Haley RiordenHilton125--122
Haleigh MoralesNorth Rockland11112122
Madison KleinHorseheads12420119
Rylee DavisBethlehem82---119
Ciara KnottSaratoga122--118
Liyat KebeddeNiskayuna92---118
Catherine FarrellSmithtown1211--118

Katelyn Tuohy finished an historic undefeated XC season by breaking away from the field at NXN Nationals early and going on to win by more than 40 seconds.

Section by Section Class A Overview

SectionTop Teams Notes
1North Rockland, Ursuline, Arlington, Suffern, Mamaroneck, CarmelNorth Rockland rebounded from some early season woes to win its third straight S1-A title, and this year the Red Raiders are in the hunt for a state title while Ursuline and Arlington appear set to battle for 2nd.
2Saratoga, Shenendehowa, Niskayuna, Bethlehem, Guilderland, Colonie, Shaker, Ballston Spa, ColumbiaShenendehowa stopped Saratoga's 17-year reign atop Section 2 last year, but it was still the Blue Streaks that captured a berth at NXN. After big graduation losses for both teams, Saratoga enters the season with higher ratings, and Niskayuna looks poised to make a bid for the S2-A title as well.
3Fayetteville-Manlius, Liverpool, Baldwinsville, West Genesee, Cicero-North SyracuseFM's margin over Liverpool has shrunk to 4 or 5 TR points entering the season and the Warriors seem to have greater strength at the back. The Hornets' 13-year run at the top of Section 3 could be in jeopardy.
4Ithaca, Corning, Elmira Express, HorseheadsReigning champ Ithaca sems to have a small edge over Corning entering the season, but the unexpected seems to have a way of happening a lot in S4-A.
5Webster Thomas, Hilton, Rush-Henrietta, Canandaigua, Fairport, The S5-A battle should again be very tight, but reigning champ Canandaigua lost two of its top 5 to graduation, so Webster Thomas, Hilton, and Rush-Henrietta have moved into the top 3 spots in the preseason..
6West Seneca West, Clarence, Williamsville North, Orchard Park, HamburgA veteran WSW squad looks to repeat with everyone back from last year's S6-A champ, but Clarence has its top 5 back and a youthful look about it for a match that seems almost dead-even as the season starts.
7No representatives
8Syosset, Oceanside, Port WashingtonEvery team in S8-A was hit hard by graduation losses and 2017 runner-up Manhasset is down in Class B, so maybe reigning champ Syosset will restock the ranks and win again.
9Monroe-Woodbury, Warwick Valley, Washingtonville, Kingston, FDRMonroe-Woodbury aims for a fifth straight S9-A title, but Warwick Valley has everyone from last year's young squad back and is sitting on the Crusaders' heels.
10No representatives
11Smithtown, Sachem East, Bay Shore, Commack, Riverhead, West Babylon,Ward Melville

Sachem East's dominating S11-A champ lost four of its varsity 7 to graduation, and Smithtown may now be the favorite, with Bay Shore and Commack close behind. As always, the story here depends on who brings in the best new talent.

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