September 15, 2013

Seton, Saranac runners lead invitational

Plattsburgh's Gadway blazes to new Cadyville course record

CADYVILLE — The Seton Catholic girls and Saranac boys continued their strong early-season run Saturday with first-place finishes in the Champlain Valley Athletic Conference Cross-Country Invitational at Cadyville Recreational Park.

Weather conditions were perfect for the first big local meet of the year. Norwood-Norfolk travelled from Section 10 to compete.

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Seton Catholic, following up its last week at Guilderland, tallied 34 points to easily out-distance runner-up Saranac with 59. Peru finished third with 70, winning a tiebreaker with Norwood-Norfolk through displacement of their sixth runner.

Seton Catholic put four girls in the top 10 with Margaret Champagne leading her team to victory with a time of 19:17. Teammates Melissa Whyman (3rd, 19:46), Ashley Leta, (4th, 20:04), and Maddy Munn (10th, 21:15) rounded out the Knights’ top-10 finishers.

Kaycie Saucier of Norwood-Norfolk ran strong for second place in 19:30.

On the boys’ side, Saranac was first with 46 points to best Beekmantown (54) and Ticonderoga (81). Saranac had defeated Beekmantown in regular-season competition on opening day last week.

Plattsburgh’s Jeriqho Gadway, running the entire race alone, set a new course record of 15:53. The previous course record of 15:59 was set by Ticonderoga’s Lee Berube in 2007.

Saranac put three runners in the top 10 with Zach LaPage (3rd, 16:54), Sean Tyrell (8th, 17:41) and Josh Wade (10th, 17:53).

Evan Page of Seton Catholic ran a solid race to finish second in 16:42.

The top seven boys all were from different schools with Westport’s Jon Gay running as a team of one to finish sixth in his first cross-country meet in a time of 17:28.

Girls’ varsity

Team scores: 1, Seton Catholic, 34; 2, Saranac, 59; 3, Peru, 70; 4, Norwood-Norfolk, 70; 5, PHS, 127; 6, Saranac Lake, 150; 7, Beekmantown, 158.

Top 25 individuals

1. Margaret Champagne, Seton 19:17

2. Kaycie Saucier, Nor-Norfolk 19:30

3. Melissa Whyman, Seton 19:46

4. Ashley Leta, Seton Catholic 20:04

5. Leah Livernois, Nor-Norfolk 20:23

6. Hannah Grey, Nor-Norfolk 20:24

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