OBSERVER Staff Report
ALLEGANY - Fredonia's Lauren Reyda continued her dominance of area cross country courses Saturday, finishing first in the girls' Large School Division at the Southern Tier Classic, held on the campus of St. Bonaventure University.
"Lauren Reyda and Michaela Tramuta continued to show great leadership and competiveness in leading the girls' team," Fredonia head coach Carol Zirkle said. "Cori Gullo and Skylar Salim ran the best races of their careers. Cori improved her time by 2:14 from last year and Skylar had an improvement of 1:39."
Fredonia’s Cori Gullo runs during the Southern Tier Classic, held on the campus of St. Bonaventure University, on Saturday.
Reyda crossed the finish line in a time of 19:09 while Tramuta was 11th in a time of 20:31.
Also finishing for the Lady Hillbillies were Jill Kowalski (20th - 21:32), Meredith Zebracki (27th - 22:22), Gullo (29th - 22:35), Gwen Stokes (34th - 23:00), Skylar Salim (36th - 23:05), Maitland Langworthy (42nd - 23:56), Claire O'Brien (46th - 24:19) and Haley Supkoski (67th - 26:00).
Maple Grove's Hope Pietrocarlo and Megan Marsh finished second and third in respective times of 19:34 and 19:37. The Lady Marauders' top finisher was Calan Pogorzelski, who finished 30th in a time of 22:44.
Fredonia took third in in the team standings, finishing with 86 points, well behind winning team Maple Grove's 34. Elmira finished second with 42 points while Mt. St. Mary's took fourth (91), Immaculata (118) was fifth, Niagara-Wheatfield was sixth with 166 points, Olean seventh with 203 and Southwestern eighth with 211.
Hannah Seiders led the Silver Creek girls to a third-place finish in the Small School Division.
Seiders placed fifth in the girls race with a time of 21:23.
A pair of runners recently recalled from the modified team followed as eighth-grader Emma Seiders (18th - 23:25) and seventh-grader Rachel Adams (21st - 23:28) continued to impress.
Sarah Adams (26th - 23:41) and Claire Castiglia (33rd - 25:00) rounded out Silver Creek's scoring.
Allegany-Limestone won the girls' Small School race with 37 points. Sherman was next at 39 followed by Silver Creek (73), Arkport (78), Cuba-Rushford (130) and Da Vinci (142). A number of schools were incomplete.
Meanwhile, in the boys' meet, the Hillbillies finished seventh with 143 points while Dunkirk was fifth with 119.
For Fredonia, Jake Brown was the highest finisher, crossing the finish line 13th in a time of 18:30. Brown was followed by Hillbillies teammates Josh Goodhue (15th - 18:39), Mike Meredith (34th - 19:42), Stephen Formanowicz (38th - 19:51), Jake Eckman (43rd - 20:08), Nick Acoracci (45th - 20:34) and Ryan Meredith (47th - 20:42). Austin Glasier (21:15), Jake Foley (21:46), Jake Szymczak (21:48), Liam Rankin (21:50), Adam Essek (21:51), Walter Foley (23:03), Alex Dietzen (23:41) and Jake Thompson (23:52) also ran for the Hillbillies.
"Josh Goodhue ran an exceptional race for the boys," Zirkle said. "He showed 42-seconds improvement from last season and pushed our top runner (Jake Brown). When a runner challenges a teammate for a better place, it makes teams become more competitive, which is important if the team wants to continue to improve."
Dunkirk's top finishers were Javier Soto (11th - 18:26) and Ethan Francis (12th - 18:28). Maple Grove's Corey Wefing was first in a time of 16:36 while Elmira's Shaun Kurcoba (16:57) was second and Olean's John Panus (17:09) was third.
Elmira won the boys' Large School race, finishing with 46 points, and were followed by Maple Grove (96), Southwestern (97) and Olean (99). Niagara-Wheatfield was sixth and Hornell (150) eighth.
In the boys small school race, Silver Creek's Adam Tanner placed 14th in 19:19 as the Black Knights took fourth place.
Jake Mullen (19th - 19:40), Tyler Steklasa (23 - 20:06), James Feldman (31st - 20:40), Jake McDaneld (32nd - 20:47) and Jack McAlevy (46th - 21:52) were Silver Creek's other scoring runners.
Addison was the top team with 35 points followed by Sherman (78), Nichols (93), Silver Creek (105), Randolh (116), Allegany-Limestone (126), Otto-Eldred (142) and Franklinville(179). Again there were a handful of teams that were incomplete.