2018 NY Boys XC Preview: Class C

Dobbs FerryEagles

Section: 1Class: CColors: Blue and white

Dobbs Ferry's Eagles are in line for a bid to their first States visit in 40 years.
XC History
States Teams: 1978 (C-12th)

States Individuals (Top 10 finishers): Steve Hunt (1966, C-8th) (1967, C-1st), John Hunt, Jr. (1968, C-10th) (1969, C-1st), Aaron Lessing (1979, C-5th), Brendan Wortner (2010, C-5th) (2011, C-6th), Grant Sheely (2014, C-8th)

Last Year's Summary: 2nd in Sectionals C


NameGradeSect. Place Top Notes States ResultsSeason TR
Jed Katzenstein12716th in Brewster-277151
Cole Ginghina121421st in Bob Pratt-A
Jakub Kubina102567th in Westchester County
Ethan Ferland122768th in Westchester County
Sam Andrews112966th in Westchester County
Sean Cadonhead104626th in Somers-3
This Year's Outlook
Dobbs Ferry has been wandering in the wilderness for 40 years since winning its only Sectionals title in 1978. After finishing 2nd to Pleasantville by 10 points in the S1-C last  year, the Eagles may finally be ready to return to States with an intact varsity lineup that features a good balance of veterans and young guys. Seniors Jed Katzenstein and Cole Ginghina form the top duo for Dobbs while a younger group keeps developing, and the Eagles will be preparing for the inevitable late-season charge by Pleasantville for the S1-C crown.

Watkins GlenSenecas

Section: 4Class: CColors: Navy and Maroon

Watkins Glen's Aaron and Gabe Planty led the Senecas with 11th and 13th places in the 2017 States C race.
XC History
States Teams: 2011 (C-4th), 2015 (C-2nd) 2016 (C-1st), 2017 (C-2nd)

States Individuals (Top 10 finishers): Keith Callanan (1975, C-3rd), Matt Gill (2012, C-4th) (2013, D-2nd), Patrick Hazlitt (2016, C-3rd), Shawn Rutledge (2016, C-6th), Gabe Planty (2016, C-8th)

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


NameGradeSect. Place Top Notes States ResultsSeason TR
Gabe Planty1115th in Marathon13167
Max Evans10524th in Marathon40151
Sam Thorsland111032nd in Marathon70144
Clint Craven122123rd in IAC
Steve Gublo11402nd in IAC-JV
This Year's Outlook
The Senecas have lost much of the depth that characterized the team two years ago when it was state champion, but it should still be the top team in S4-C. States medalist Gabe Planty returns as a junior to lead a Watkins Glen team that is in need of a big recruitment campaign.


Section: 3Class: CColors: Royal blue and white

Westhill's Brendan Rewakowski led the Warriors in the B race at States in 2017.

XC History
States Teams: 2003 (B-8th), 2005 (B-2nd), 2006 (B-6th), 2007 (B-6th), 2008 (B-8th), 2010 (A-10th), 2012 (B10th), 2017 (B-8th)

States Individuals (Top 10 finishers): Paul Roberts (1981, C-4th), Tim Hartnett (2005, B-4th), Andrew Corcoran (2005, B-7th) (2006, B-6th) (2007, B-4th)

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


NameGradeSect. Place (B)Top Notes States Results (B)Season TR
Brendan Rewakowski12521st in McQuaid-A48157
Dan Washburn122057th in Manhattan-B57142
Jacob Fricano112319th in Adirondack-291141
Mike Ferrara114039th in OHSL Liberty113124
Will Remillard114935th in Adirondack-2
Jacob Roberts115235th in Adirondack-2
This Year's Outlook
Westhill leaps back down into S3-C after winning last year's B title. Section 3 is very competitive and Hannibal will be the favorite after Westhill lost three members of last year's States team. Seniors Brendan Rewakowski and Dan Washburn and junior Jacob Fricano return to try to lead the Warriors to States again.


Section: 1Class: CColors: Green and white

Pleasantville's Aidan Lynch led the Panthers to 6th place at States in 2017.
XC History
States Teams: 1966 (C-1st), 1967 (C-2nd), 2013 (C-3rd), 2014 (C-3rd), 2015 (C-4th), 2017 (C-6th)

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

Last Year's Summary: 6th in States C, 1st in Sectionals C


NameGradeSect. Place Top Notes States ResultsSeason TR
Aidan Lynch1189th in Byram Hills22157
Drew Dipietro111033rd in Westchester County--152
Ryan Dirgins113755th in Westchester County72137
Nevan Lewis115392nd V110123
Kieran Moran116028th in Westchester County-JV109115
Andrew Scardina126314th in Westchester County-JV
This Year's Outlook
It is a fool's errand to look for anything to say about Pleasantville in the preseason other than that the Panthers will step to the line at Sectionals expecting to win. Many puzzling things  will happen in 2018 before the Panthers arrive at Sectionals, but juniors Aidan Lynch and Drew Dipietro are expected to lead the attack this year. Pleasantville, Dobbs Ferry, and Irvington should be in the usual scrap in S3-C, and if Bronxville can fill out a team, the battle at Sectionals should be very interesting.


Section: 6Class: CColors: Royal blue and white

Newfane's Aidan Lingle was the third Panther finisher at States in 2017 as the team placed 3rd.
XC History
States Teams: 1972 (C-8th), 2017 (C-3rd)

States Individuals (Top 10 finishers): Jeff Murrell (1977, B-9th), Samuel Auernhamer (2017, C-4th)

Last Year's Summary: 3rd in States C, 1st in Sectionals C


NameGradeSect. Place Top Notes States ResultsSeason TR
Alan Lingle11187th in Niagara-Orleans37150
Austin Burkard92012th in Niagara-Orleans51144
Robert Stevenson122418th in Niagara-Orleans65137
Matthew Pusateri124421st in Niagara-Orleans94128
Gannon Gibson9
1st in McQuaid-JV
This Year's Outlook
The Panthers won their first Sectionals title in 45 years in 2017 and took 3rd at States, but after losing its top two of Samuel Auernhamer and Collin McCabe to graduation, Newfane will be in a close contest with Falconer for the S6-C title. Junior Alan Lingle and freshman Austin Burkard return to lead a Panther squad that will need to get pumped up with new recruits.

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