VERONA – Three cross country runners from Liverpool and one from Cicero-North Syracuse will continue on to this Saturday’s New York State Public High School Athletic Association championships at Vernon-Verona-Sherrill.
Getting there required first traversing the VVS course for last Saturday’s Section III Class A championships at VVS, where the girls Warriors rose to a second-place finish with 85 points behind Fayetteville-Manlius (41) as the Northstars finished sixth.
Junior Taylor Page contended for the title for Liverpool, her time of 19 minutes, 25.9 seconds a close third behind F-M’s Izzy Sullivan (19:11.3) and not far from Baldwinsville’s Kamryn Barton (19:21.8) in second place.
Kaitlyn Hotaling then made her way to sixth place in 19:46.2, the junior fifth among runners outside of F-M and claiming the final spot on the sectional All-Star side.
Also there was C-NS eighth-grader Kennedy Jones, who impressed by posting a fifth-place finish in 19:37.1. Jones, Hotaling and Page will join Barton and Auburn’s Mary Alice Pineau in advancing.
Liverpool’s second-place finish was also powered by Charlotte Warner taking 17th place in 20:51.6, with Addison Ziegler, in 21:38.7, beating out Kailyn Barth (21:39.7) in 30th place as Rose Piorkowski (22:06.6) and Paige Baker (22:12.4) also had top-40 finishes.
C-NS, aside from Jones, saw Cameron Sisk make her way to 18th place in 20:54.1. Katy Harbold finished 23rd in 21:01.7 as Allison Moran was 40th in 22:21.9.
Meanwhile, in the sectional Class A boys meet Liverpool’s Brady Ruediger matched Page’s third-place effort, his time of 16:29.2 only behind F-M’s Nolan McGinn (15:39.8) and Auburn’s Ryan Maher (16:21.2).
So Ruediger will join McGinn, B’ville teammates Noah Covert and Ryan Wilson and Central Square’s Charles Raymond on the sectional All-Star side for the state meet.
Overall, the Warriors were third on the team side, Josh Vang taking 16th place in 17:28.2 and Roman Murray finishing 19th in 17:42.9. Nate Aurello was just behind them, getting 20th place in 17:49.9 as J.T. Goss, 31st in 18:11 flat, was two spots ahead of Brady Petrella’s 18:22.3.
To lead C-NS to fourth place, Rhett Andrews made his way to 18th place in 17:42.8. Tyler Graham was 23rd, in 17:57.7, while Nolan Zinsmeyer finished 29th in 18:10.4. Dominic Petrera was 37th in 18:34.2 and Joe Massett ran to 38th place in 18:38.3.