The Saranac boys’ and Seton Catholic girls’ cross country teams claimed Champlain Valley Athletic Conference championships this fall.
The Chiefs finished 17-1, while the Knights were unbeaten at 18-0.
Jeriqho Gadway of Plattsburgh High represented Section VII well at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) championships, winning the Class C race.
Seton Catholic’s Margaret Champagn was the top girls’ runner, grabbing a second-place result at the NYSPHSAA championships in Class D.
Beekmantown led the boys’ side with five all-star selections. The Peru and Seton Catholic girls’ teams each had four selections.
Runners earned all-star status by a finishing order in the CVAC meet.
Colin Quackenbush, Beekmantown- Quackenbush is now a four-time all-star and state qualifier. As the Eagles’ top runner, Quackenbush helped lead the team to three consecutive sectional championships. He was the Section VII Class C sportsmanship representative at the NYSPHSAA championships.
Jonathan Graziane, Beekmantown- Graziane is a three-time all-star and state qualifier. As the Eagles’ number two runner, he played an integral part in the team’s success during his four-year career, highlighted by three sectional championships. Graziane is a role model for younger athletes due to his strength of character.
Jordan West, Beekmantown- A leader, West is a three-time all-star and state qualifier. This was the best season of his four-year career. He was Beekmantown’s third runner this past season. West’s consistency helped the team to a third consecutive trip to the NYSPHSAA championships.
Cory Couture, Beekmantown- A first-time all-star, Couture earned his second trip to the state championships as a member of the sectional championship team. He was consistently a top-five runner for the Eagles all season.
Everett Sapp, Beekmantown- Just a freshman, Sapp had a fantastic season. He made an immediate impact as one of the team’s top-five runners. As the season progressed, Sapp became very consistent and placed seventh in a very competitive Class C sectional race.
Karl Schulz, Lake Placid- Completing his second year at the varsity level, Schulz is now a two-time all-star and qualified for the NYSPHSAA championships for a second straight time. He finished 12th in the CVAC meet and earned a fifth-place finish in sectionals.
Brady Terry, Peru- Terry worked hard during his first year of cross country and was a very positive addition to the team. He has emerged as a leader, finishing ninth at the CVAC meet in a time of 17 minutes and one second. Terry placed 20th in the state qualifier at 17:37. He went on to represent Section VII in the NYSPHSAA championships, placing 113th.
Jeriqho Gadway, Plattsburgh High- In his third year of cross country, Gadway collects his third all-star nod. An outstanding and powerful athlete, he was a three-time state qualifier and the 2013 NYSPHSAA Class C state champion.
Connor Cota, Plattsburgh High- Cota’s transition from modified to varsity went well. An outstanding athlete with tremendous potential, he is recognized as an all-star and qualified for the NYSPHSAA state championships.
Zach LePage, Saranac- Now a three-time all-star, LePage was third in the CVAC meet and sectional championships. He concluded he sophomore campaign by placing 20th in the state championships.
Chad Dashnaw, Saranac- A senior, Dashnaw is a first-time All-Star. He grabbed an eighth-place finish at the CVAC meet and 11th in sectionals. Dashnaw recorded a 14th-place finish at the CVAC Invitational.
Justin Liechty, Saranac- A two-time all-star, Liechty had a strong showing at the CVAC meet, finish in seventh. The junior was 13th at sectionals and 16th at the CVAC Invitational.
Zane Pelletieri, Saranac Lake- A third-year runner at the varsity level, Pelletieri earned a top-15 finish at the CVAC meet.
Evan Page, Seton Catholic- Page is a two-time CVAC all-star. He finished second at the CVAC meet and second at the state qualifier. He then had his best finish, placing sixth in the NYSPHSAA Class D race. Page also represented Section VII at the Federation meet and finished 100th out of 248 of the state’s top runner. He also received a NYSPHSAA sportsmanship away for Class D at the championships.
Caleb Moore, Seton Catholic- Moore gets an all-star nod as an eighth grader. In his first season on the varsity, he became one of the Knights’ top runners. He finished 14th at the CVAC meet and was 16th in the state qualifier meet. He went on to run a strong race at the NYSPHSAA championships, finish 82nd overall in the Class D race and was the second eighth grader to finish that event.
Shawn Silliman, Ticonderoga- A junior, Silliman has made multiple trips to the state championships and continued to be a team leader. He finished with a 30th-place finish at the state championships. Silliman’s ability to race his best at the biggest races has enabled him to be a regular all-star.
Tyler Belden, Ticonderoga- A senior, Belden has been a great competitor ever since he joined the team as a seventh grader. He has been an all-star numerous times and finished 22nd and 38th in the 2012 and 2013 state championships, respectively.
Gabby Armstrong, Lake Placid- A third-year runner on varsity, Armstrong grabs her third all-star appearance. She qualified for the NYSPHSAA championships for the third straight time as well. Armstrong finished 9th at the state championships and 10th at sectionals.
Nina Armstrong, Lake Placid- A fourth-year runner, Nina Armstrong is now a four-time all-star. She finished seventh at the CVAC meet and moved to fourth in sectionals.
Samantha Smith, Northeastern Clinton- Smith closed out a wonderful career for the Cougars. She again led the team all season and continued to be one of the top runners in the league. She was a front-runner and team leader, setting personal bests at many courses again this season. Samantha highlighted her career with a solid seventh-place finish at sectionals and ran her fastest time ever in Queensbury in a 70th-place finish at the state meet. Samantha is a four-time all-star and a four-time state qualifier.
Abby Adams, Peru- Adams’ hard work and determination is evident in her running. She has a positive attitude and a great sense of humor that she brings to practice every day. Her accomplishments this season include a 16th-place finish at the Burnt Hills Invitational, helping the team place third as a team in Division II. She placed ninth overall at the CVAC championships in a time of 20:30. She was also the Class B champion at the state qualifier in a time of 20:00. She went on to represent Section VII at the state meet, finishing 113th.
Maria Remillard, Peru- Remillard is a five-time all-star and capped off a great high school career. She has been a strong leader on the girls’ team and will be missed. Her accomplishments this season include a 14th-place finish at the Burnt Hills Invitational. She finished sixth at the CVAC meet in 19:55, leading the team to a second-place finish. At the state qualifier meet, she placed 14th in a time of 20:42. She went on to represent Section VII at the state meet, finishing105th.
Meghan Mazzella, Peru- Mazzella worked hard all season and earned her fourth all-star selection. Her accomplishments this season include a 22nd-place finish at the Burnt Hills Invitational. She placed 16th at CVAC meet in a time of 20:49, helping the girls’ to a second-place finish. She earned all-star honors by finishing 12th at the state qualifier meet in a time of 20:35. She went on to represent Section VII at the state meet where she finished 116th.
Shaunna Fliss, Peru- Fliss is a two-time all-star and has had a very strong season. She placed 17th at the Burnt Hills Invitational. She placed eighth in the CVAC meet in a time of 20:08. She placed eighth again at the state qualifier meet in a time of 20:05. She represented Section VII at the state meet, placing 111th.
Claire Deshaies, Plattsburgh High- At the start of her freshman year, Deshaies decided to join cross country to help improve her sprinting skills for track. Although she is still a sprinter, she has made the transition from sprinting to distance back to sprinting very well. During her two seasons on cross country, Deshaies has led the Hornets and represented Plattsburgh High at the state meet both years.
Elysha O’Connell, Saranac- A sophomore, this is O’Connell’s first appearance on the all-star list. She finished third at sectionals, fourth at the CVAC meet, third at the Burnt Hills Invitational and ninth in the CVAC Invitational.
Abby Cerne, Saranac- A junior, Cerne is a first-time all-star. She finished 13th at sectionals, 14th at the CVAC meet, 15th at the CVAC Invitational and 19th at the Burnt Hills Invitational.
Johanna Mohrs, Saranac Lake- A second-year varsity runner, Mohrs earned a top-15 finish at the CVAC meet and sectional race. She was also a state qualifier.
Sophie Theron, Saranac Lake- A first-year varsity member, Theron grabbed a top-15 finish in the CVAC meet and sectional race. She was also a state qualifier.
Melissa Whyman, Seton Catholic- This is Whyman’s fifth consecutive season as a CVAC all-star. She finished second at the CVAC meet and was ninth overall at the state qualifier meet. She then capped off a fantastic senior season at the NYSPHSAA championships where she finished on the podium in eighth place in the Class D race. She also received the NYSPHSAA sportsmanship award in Class D.
Ashley Leta, Seton Catholic- This is Leta’s third time as a CVAC all-star. She finished third at the CVAC meet, second overall at the state qualifier meet and finished on the podium in 16th place at the NYSPHSAA championships. Leta also represented Section VII at the Federation Meet at Bowdoin Park in Wappinger Falls where she finished 129th out of 255 of the state’s top runners.
Margaret Champagne, Seton Catholic- Champagne was the front-runner for the Knights and led Seton Catholic to an undefeated season in Section VII. Only a sophomore, she is a four-time CVAC all-star and a three-time CVAC champion. She finished the entire season in Section VII undefeated. Champagne finished first at the CVAC meet and first at the Section VII state qualifier meet. At the NYSPHSAA championships, she had her best result to date, finishing in second place in the Class D race. She also competed in the Federation Meet, finishing 157th out of 255 of the state’s top runners.
Sofia DeJordy, Seton Catholic- DeJordy made the varsity team as a seventh grader and had a great first season. She finished fifth overall at the CVAC meet and fifth overall at the Section VII state qualifier meet. She then went on to have a great race at the NYSPHSAA championships, finishing in 33rd place out of 113 runners in the Class D race.
Naomi Forkas, Ticonderoga- A junior, Forkas showed some significant improvement in her second year of running cross country. Her season was highlighted by a 10th-place finish at the CVAC meet and a 60th-place finish at the NYSPHSAA championships. Forkas looks to build on her experience and strive for more gains over the next year.
2013 CVAC Cross Country All-Stars
Cory Couture (Beekmantown), Jonathan Graziane (Beekmantown), Colin Quackenbush (Beekmantown), Everett Sapp (Beekmantown), Jordan West (Beekmantown), Karl Schulz (Lake Placid), Brady Terry (Peru), Connor Cota (Plattsburgh), Jeriqho Gadway (Plattsburgh), Chad Dashnaw (Saranac), Zach LePage (Saranac), Justin Liechty (Saranac), Zane Pelletieri (Saranac Lake), Caleb Moore (Seton Catholic), Evan Page (Seton Catholic), Tyler Belden (Ticonderoga), Shawn Silliman (Ticonderoga)
Forest Ledger (Lake Placid), Sean Tyrell (Saranac), Matt Cote (Seton Catholic), Kody Parrott (Ticonderoga), Jacob Young (Ticonderoga)
Gabby Armstrong (Lake Placid), Nina Armstrong (Lake Placid), Samantha Smith (Northeastern Clinton), Abby Adams (Peru), Shauna Fliss (Peru), Meghan Mazzella (Peru), Maria Remillard (Peru), Claire Deshaies (Plattsburgh), Abby Cerne (Saranac), Elysha O’Connell (Saranac), Johanna Mohrs (Saranac Lake), Sophie Theron (Saranac Lake), Margaret Champagne (Seton Catholic), Sofia DeJordy (Seton Catholic), Ashley Leta (Seton Catholic), Melissa Whyman (Seton Catholic), Naomi Forkas (Ticonderoga)
Rachel Kashorek (Beekmantown), Anna Stitt (Beekmantown), Cheyanne Dobozy (Peru), Taylor Manor (Saranac), Grace Sullivan (Saranac Lake)