Karrie Baloga Wins First Fall Club XC Race On New York Soil

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Middletown, NY - Amidst closures, cancelations, and delays, Cross Country racing is finally coming back to the Empire State. While a band of Upstate Sections began their first week of practice, the downstate Sections are caught between the delayed start in Section 1, and the outright postponement to next year. Even where there are races allowed in the home Section, some schools are opting out regardless.

From there, in steps the Club Racing circuit. 12th Rock Sports Facility has laid out a 2.7mile course, and plans to host a Fall XC Series for Open Racing this Fall. Their debut event pulled in athletes from Sections 2, 3, 9, 11, and more, as they search for racing in a season of uncertainty.

A familiar face found themselves at the head of the pack. Karrie Baloga (Cornwall), arguably the State's Top Returner without a Season this Fall, kicked off a Season on the Club Circuit with a win at 14:55.8 for the Off-Distance. Fresh off her 5K on the track, McKinley Fielding (Carthage), the transfer student from Germany, took second overall. Kate Putman (CNS) rounded out the Top 3.

On the Boys Side, New Paltz Senior Riley Brutvan outlasted Trinity School Junior Nikhil Dentale for the win at 13:51.5. The off-distance makes the race hard to get a true gauge of the effort.

Full Results - Courtesy Fulton Accurate Timing

12th Rock Fall Series | Race #1 | Saturday, September 26th at 12th Rock Sports

12th Rock Fall Series | Race #2 | Saturday, October 3rd at Twin Ponds on the Farm

12th Rock Fall Series | Race #3 | Saturday, October 24th at 12th Rock Sports

Girls Top Finishers

pl name grade team mark Home Town
1 Karrilynn BALOGA SO Cornwall Flyers XC 14:55.8 Cornwall
2 McKinley FIELDING JR Unattached 15:26.2 Carthage
3 Kate PUTMAN SO Unattached 15:41.6 CNS
4 Tess FITZMAURICE SR Unattached 16:00.4 Greenville
5 Brynn BERNARD FR Unattached 16:34.4 South Lewis
6 Nina SGAMBELLURI JR Unattached 16:36.8 Greenwich
7 Caitlyn ACOMPORA   Unattached 16:40.4 Hamilton
8 Claire KELLY JR Cornwall Flyers XC 16:55.0 Cornwall
9 Rachel MILLER 8 Unattached 17:07.7 Mohonasen
10 Julia SAMUELSON SR Cornwall Flyers XC 17:10.2 Cornwall
11 Amilia WISE-SWEAT SR Unattached 17:27.6 Newburgh

Boys Top Finishers

MEN (HS/Open) • 2.7 Miles (4.35 Kilometers)
pl name grade team mark Home Town
1 Riley BRUTVAN SR Unattached 13:51.5 New Paltz
2 Nikhil DENATALE JR Unattached 13:57.5 Trinity
3 Ike BLOUGH JR Mount XC Club 14:00.2 Mount Academy
4 Harry MARSON SR Unattached 14:02.3 James O'Neil
5 Jeremy CHARLES JR Cornwall Flyers XC 14:09.3 Cornwall
6 Fred GOODWIN SR Mount XC Club 14:21.2 Mount Academy
7 Charles CANERO SR Unattached 14:22.5 FDR
8 Nathan GOODWIN SR Mount XC Club 14:35.3 Mount Academy
9 Kent KLEINSASSER JR Mount XC Club 14:43.8 Mount Academy
10 Ryan RUSSELL SR Unattached 14:44.0 Greenville
11 Ian RAUBER SO South Tully 14:49.0 Tully