Runners compete at state meet; local teams fall in regional finals

Photo by Keith Lobdell.

ELMIRA — Section VII runners had a strong meet at the NYSPHSAA cross country championships Nov. 10.

Overall, the Ticonderoga boys team placed fifth in the state for Class D, with the Seton Catholic girls team placing sixth among Class D. Both Section VII/Class D contingents also placed sixth.

In Class B, Ashley Leta of Peru finished 55th overall with a time of 19:52 in the girls race, while Kyler Agoney was 91st overall with a time of 17:44 in the boys race.

In Class C, Jeriqho Gadway, the Section VII champion form Plattsburgh High, finished 24th with a time of 16:54. Beekmantown’s Colin Quackenbush finished 37th at 17:10, while Josh Wade finished 45th with a time of 17:21. Elena Beideck was the top finisher in Class C for the girls, as the Saranac Lake runner posted a time of 21:18.

In Class D, Mitchell Ryan of Seton Catholic ran the course in 16:53 for a ninth place finish, while teammate Evan Page was 14th with a time of 17:05.

Section VII champion Margaret Champagne finished seventh for Seton Catholic in the Class D girls race with a time of 19:40, while Nina Armstrong crossed the line in 30th place with a time of 20:36. Melissa Whyman finished 38th in a time of 20:57 and Gabby Armstrong finished 48th with a time of 21:19.

Girls soccer

In a rough weekend for Section VII girls soccer, the tightest contest was held in Class D, where the Elizabethtown-Lewis Lady Lions looked to advance past Section X champ Chateaugay and into the state final four.

The Lions came out and played their style of defensive-oriented soccer throughout the first 80 minutes, entering overtime tied 0-0 against the Lady Bulldogs.

In the fourth minute of overtime, Hannah Cook was able to control the ball for the Bulldogs, rushing to the left side of the penalty box and firing a low-angle skipper into the Lions net, the lone goal in a 1-0 defeat.

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