September 5, 2013

Ti boys, Peru girls look to continue cross country success

Editor’s Note: The Press-Republican did not receive information from the Plattsburgh High boys’ team.

Ticonderoga, Saranac and Beekmantown were the top teams in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference boys’ cross country last season, and all three have returned many of their top runners.

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The Peru girls went undefeated in the CVAC last season, while Seton Catholic and Saranac were also tough to beat. They are all poised to battle for the championship this season.


AuSable Valley

The Patriots have seven returning runners, led by Brandon Ruocco and Josh Ducarme. Ruocco is a junior who has been on the team since seventh grade, and Ducharme, a senior, was one of AuSable Valley’s top runners last year.

Three new athletes have joined the team, including junior Justin Cook.

Runners returning

Josh Ducharme, Brandon Ruocco, Aaron Turetsky, Austin Smith, Michael Guynup, Troy Straight, Alex Wilson.


Justin Cook, Lucas Finnegan, Casey Spear.


The Eagles boast a solid core of seniors who led the team to a sectional championship in 2012. Colin Quackenbush, Jordan West and Jonathan Graziane, who were all 2012 All-Stars, as well as Brandon Couture are expected to be Beekmantown’s top performers.

Three new runners have joined the team to give the Eagles a total of 13 athletes.

Runners lost

Minh Coryer, Andrew Peryer, Jeremiah Zucker.

Runners returning

Andrew Baker, Brandon Couture, Cory Couture, Jonathan Granziane, Nicholas LaBombard, Colin Quackenbush, Tyler Rock, Patrick Sullivan, Jordan West, Myles West.


Connor Giltz, Everett Sapp, Quinton Lacey.

Lake Placid

The Blue Bombers’ roster includes a number of talented runners. Eight athletes have returned, including senior David Knapik and juniors Steven Jelinek and Curtis Rissberger. 2012 All-Star Karl Shultz, now a sophomore, is also back.

Lake Placid has also added two new runners. All of the athletes have shown a good work ethic in the preseason.

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