ELIZABETHTOWN — Plattsburgh High’s Jeriqho Gadway and Seton Catholic’s Margaret Champagne led the charge Friday during the 2013 Section VII state qualifier cross country meet at Cobble Hill Golf Course.
Gadway captured the course in a time of 15:08 to lead the way in the boys’ race, while Champagne took first in the girls’ race in a time of 18:21.
Peru, being the lone Class B team, will represent Section VII in the state meet at Queensbury High School Nov. 9 in both boys and girls. Opening ceremonies of the state meet begin at 8:45 a.m.
Beekmantown boys and Saranac girls captured the Class C races, while Ticonderoga boys and Seton Catholic girls were victorious in Class D.
Each class champion will be represented by the top seven runners on their team.
Joining the above schools will be the top five finishers in each class not associated with one of the class winners.
The Knights’ Evan Page came in second behind Gadway in a time of 16:03. Saranac’s Zach LePage (16:22) took third, Westport’s Jon Gay (16:44) was fourth and Lake Placid’s Karl Schulz (16:48) came in fifth.
Colin Quackenbush (16:56) paced the Class C champion Eagles with a sixth-place finish. Jonathan Graziane (16:56) added a seventh-place finish. Ticonderoga’s Tyler Belden (16:59) and Shawn Silliman (17:06) finished eighth and ninth, respectively. Plattsburgh High’s Connor Cota (17:14) rounded out the top 10.
In the girls’ race, Champagne’s teammate Ashley Leta finished in second with a time of 18:43. Saranac’s Elysha O’Connell (19:35) captured third, Lake Placid’s Nina Armstrong (19:42) finished fourth, while Seton Catholic’s Sofia DeJordy (19:44) was fifth.
Samantha Smith (19:55) paced Northeastern Clinton with a sixth-place finish. Abby Adams (20:00) came in seventh to lead Peru, followed by teammate Shauna Fliss (20:05) in eighth. The Knights’ Melissa Whyman (20:23) took ninth, the fourth runner from Seton Catholic in the top 10. Lake Placid’s Gabby Armstrong (20:26) finish in 10th.