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September 23, 2013

Area runners solid in state prep

QUEENSBURY — Plattsburgh High’s Jeriqho Gadway and the Seton Catholic girls came through with second-place finishes Saturday in a record-setting renewal of the Queensbury Cross-Country Invitational.

The meet, run over the course to be used for the state championships in November, attracted 110 girls teams and 108 boys team with close to 3,800 runners, in all, on hand. It forced meet officials to double up in its varsity races, with four each for boys and girls.

Gadway, a junior, turned in the best individual performance by a Section VII-X runner, finishing second in the Boys’ Varsity Division II race with a time of 16 minutes, 13.5 seconds for the 3.1-mile course. He was just .36 seconds off the winning time of 16:13.19 by Jeremy Miekley, a senior from Miller Place.

Seton Catholic, meanwhile, continued its excellent season with a runner-up finish in Girls’ Varsity Division I. The Knights tallied 58 points to take second behind top-ranked Tully, with 42.

Seton Catholic put three runners in the top 10, led by sophomore Margaret Champagne with a time of 20:07.56. She was within 59 seconds of the winner.

Teammate Melissa Whyman, a senior, came in seventh in 20:13.59, while classmate Ashley Leta was ninth in 20:30.73.

Seventh-grader Sofia DeJordy was 18th in 21:29.69 and sophomore Maddy Munn, 31, in 22:25.85.

Armstrong sisters shine

The Armstrongs of Lake Placid also had a strong showing with junior Nina placing 13th in 20:46.89 while Gabby, a freshman, came in 16th in 21:15.11.

The Seton Catholic boys placed seventh in Boys’ Varsity Division I with Evan Page leading the way with a fifth-place finish in 17:04.71. Westport’s Jon Gay was 14th in 17:48.90.

Malone girls fourth

In Girls’ Varsity Division II, the Franklin Academy Huskies of Malone took fourth, just seven points out of third. Malone put three runners in the top 20 — Bekkah Bond, 13th in 19:44.16; Emily Pomainville, 16th, in 19:58.41; and Carrie Pomainville, 18th, 20:03.89.

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