2018 NY Girls XC Preview: Class A


Section: 11Class: AColors: Red, navy and white

Smithtown's Gabrielle Schneider sprinted in 23rd as the Bulls' representative at States last year.
XC History
States Teams: 

States Individuals (Top 10 finishers): Cindy Burger (1983, A-8th)

Last Year's Summary:   2nd in Sectionals A


NameGradeSect. Place Top Notes States ResultsSeason TR
Catherine Farrell1294th in Manhattan-C
Gabrielle Schneider1275th in Section 11-Champ
Emily Ginty11615th in Manhattan-C
Kate Manalstas112234th in Manhattan-C
Catherine Eng128311th in Manhattan-JV

This Year's Outlook
Smithtown was 34 points back of Sachem East at a brutally hot Sectionals last November, but with the Flaming Arrows a bit depleted by graduation, the Bulls enter the season as the top rated team in S11-A. States finalist Gabrielle Schneider returns with fellow senior Catherine Farrell and junior Emily Ginty to give Smithtown a strong 1-2-3 of runners who finished in the top 10 of the S11-A. The issue with the Bulls is always their lack of depth, and without a few more runners beside Kate Manalastas to fill out the back line, Smithtown could find itself losing out again to a Sachem East team with more depth.

Sachem EastFlaming Arrows

Section: 11Class: AColors: Red, black and gold

Sachem East's Rachel Ruggiero and Lindsey Dodenhoff were the first Flaming Arrows across the line at States for their 7th place team last year.
XC History
States Teams: 1997 (A-2nd), 1998 (A-6th), 2014 (A-6th), 2015 (A-4th), 2017 (A-7th)

States Individuals (Top 10 finishers): Linda Detlefsen (1978, A-2nd), Karen Labbadia (1992, A-8th), 1993 (A-7th), Jackie Berman (1996, A-6th) (1997, A-6th), Jeanna Composti (1997, A-5th), Rachel Paul (2011, A-9th)

Last Year's Summary:  7th in States A, 1st in Sectionals A


NameGradeSect. Place Top Notes States ResultsSeason TR
Lindsay Dodenhoff1235th in McQuaid-AAA47116
Melissa Merone11220th in Manhattan-ES88112
Bridget Abraldes113143rd in McQuaid-AAA8787
Rachel Weber11
2nd in Manhattan-JV
Sabrinna Mena10
68th in McQuaid-AA2
Anna Murphy10
72nd in McQuaid-AA2
Emily Venturi12
16th in Manhattan-JV
This Year's Outlook
Sachem East's XC year ended a little earlier than usual in 2017 for its veteran squad after a scorcher of a State Qualifier and a bogfest at States for a 7th place finish. Now with the Flaming Arrows missing four graduated runners from last year's varsity, holding on to the S11-A title will require a big rebuilding effort. Fortunately the top two from last year's Sectionals, Melissa Merone and Lindsey Dodenhoff, are back as the building blocks for a team that always seems to pull together the deepest squad in S11-A, and that could mean three straight weeks enjoying Sunken Meadows' Snake and Cardiac hills between Divisionals,SQs, and States.

Webster ThomasTitans

Section: 5Class: AColors: Navy and gold

Webster Thomas's Heather Ashton finished 21st in the McQuaid AAA race last year in her freshman season.
XC History
States Teams: 1985 (A-3rd), 2013 (A-5 th), 2014 (A-8th), 2015 (A-6th), 2016 (A-7th)

States Individuals (Top 10 finishers): Erica Schwartz (1983, A-6th) (1985, A-5th), (1986, A-3rd), Ulrika Tornquist (1989, A-7th), Kristen Coon (2001, A-3rd), Amanda Vestri (2016, A-9th)

Last Year's Summary: 4th in Sectionals A


NameGradeSect. Place Top Notes States ResultsSeason TR
Heather Ashton10255th in McQuaid-AAA
Sadie Cunnigham12--66th in McQuaid-AAA
Katherine Peterson10913th in McQuaid-Soph
Maizie Grunwald12--56th in McQuaid-AAA
Haley Brennan123620th in Monroe County
Molly O'Brien102960th in McQuaid-AAA

This Year's Outlook
Webster Thomas lost a major part of its 2016 Sectionals champion team last year, especially with the loss of star Amanda Vestri. No team better exemplifies the crazy chaos for Section 5 last year in the double mud bowl of  SQs and States than did the Titans while trying to rebuild the team to its customary championship level. A 4th place finish at Sectionals was not what WT was hoping for in 2017, but it was better than the 6th place at Monroe County. The Titans' top two at Sectionals, Katherine Peterson and Heather Ashton, are back as sophomores this year, and with the expected return of a few runners who were (maybe happily for them) not at Sectionals, Webster Thomas will again be entering the season as one of a quartet of teams that are expected to be at the top of S5-A.

IthacaLittle Red

Section: 4Class: AColors: Cardinal and gold

Ithaca freshman Quinn Howe was the second runner in for the Little Red after senior Lizzy Rayle as she battled Sachem North's Jordyn McDonnell for 33rd place.
XC History
States Teams: 1980 (A-4th), 1986 (A-10th), 1991 (A-9th), 1992 (A-8th), 1993 (A-4th), 1999 (A-5th), 2001 (A-6th), 2002 (A-6th), 2003 (A-9th), 2006 (A-8th), 2009 (A-6th), 2010 (A-7th), 2011 (A-7th), 2017 (A-5th)

States Individuals (Top 10 finishers):  

Last Year's Summary:  10th in Federation, 5th in States A, 1st in Sectionals A


NameGradeSect. Place Top Notes States ResultsSeason TR
Quinn Howe10740th in Federation33111
Anona Pattington1010105th in Federation6896
Margo Lee11--53rd in McQuaid-AAA6589
Ingrid Comella121622nd in Manhattan-D9182
Heather Lazzaro103023rd in Marathon
Anna Gra102427th in Newark Valley
Caroline Duthie10221st in Marathon-JV
This Year's Outlook
Ithaca lost three runners from last year's 5th place States team, but fortunately five of 2017's top 10 for the Little Red were freshman. Now as sophomores, Quinn Howe and Anona Pattington return from last year's S4-A top 10, and with some progress in the back part of the lineup Ithaca may have a small edge over Corning.


Section: 5Class: AColors: Scarlet and white

Hilton's Maddy Mason got a taste of the States' fun in her sophomore season as she finished 60th.
XC History
States Teams: 2004 (AA-3rd), 2005 (AA-2nd), 2006 (AA-2nd), 2007 (AA-6th), 2009 (AA-8th)   NXN Nationals: 2005 (1st), 2006 (2nd)

States Individuals (Top 10 finishers): Sue Parkhurst (1985, B-7th), Caroline Schultz (2005, AA-7th) (2006, AA-5th), Allison Sawyer (2005, AA-8th) (2006, AA-1st)

Last Year's Summary: 2nd in Sectionals A


NameGradeSect. Place Top Notes States ResultsSeason TR
Maddy Mason1124th in Monroe County60109
Alison Reigle111024th in Burnt Hills-3
Riley Mason92022nd in Monroe County
Sabrina Antonini101241st in McQuaid-AAA
Elizabeth Wessman10645th in Monroe County-JV
Riley Johnson12639th in Monroe County-JV

This Year's Outlook
The Cadets are rated preseason among the top teams in S5-A for the first time in many years following a 2nd place finish in the mud at Sectionals. Most of last year's varsity is back including States finalist Maddy Mason and her fellow junior S5-A top-10 finisher Alison Reigle, so Hilton should be in the hunt at Sectionals with Webster Thomas, Canandaigua, and Rush-Henrietta.

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