The Fredonia boys cross country team (5-1) pulled out a nail-biting victory over Maple Grove on Tuesday in CCAA high school cross country action.
The Hillbillies finished with 27 points while Maple Grove charted 29 points.
"We knew going in this would be a close race," Fredonia coach Carol Zirkle said. "We looked at times from other races. We knew it was going to be one or two points either way."
Fredonia’s Ryan?Meredith competes during Tuesday’s CCAA?boys high school cross country meet against Maple?Grove at Lake Erie?State Park.
Maple Grove's Corey Wefing took first place with a time of 17:29 on the 3.1-mile course at Lake Erie State Park.
Fredonia took second and third place, occupied by Josh Goodhue (18:07) and Mike Meredith (18:07).
Steven Formanowicz placed fifth with a time of 18:33 and Ryan Meredith followed in sixth at 19:21.
Fredonia's fifth runner, Jake Eckman, placed 11th at 20:03 and was followed by Nick Arcoraci in 12th at 20:13.
"It came down to everyone had a job to do," Zirkle said. "Josh and Mike did what they needed to do. All the boys knew how important it was and ran the best races today.
"There are so many boys teams that any day, any boys team can win a race," Zirkle continued.
"I don't remember having a year that was so competitive. Six or seven teams can win against any one on any day. Every Tuesday race is important. There are no easy races."
In the girls' race, Maple Grove finished with 16 points to Fredonia's (4-2) 39.
"They are a very good team," Zirkle said of Maple Grove, who is Ranked No. 1 in Class C. "They are a tough team. We knew that going in. Their runners ran very well."
The race was won by Maple Grove's Hope Pietrocarlo, who won with a time of 20:11.
Fredonia's Michaela Tramuta took fifth place with a time of 21:39 while Gwenn Stokes placed seventh at 21:56.
"Michaela is always consistent and coming through," Zirkle noted. "She is who we look to. She is a leader with a great work ethic. She gives it everything she has every day."
Teammates Mary Polvino (24:08) and Maitland Langworthy (24:16) followed in eighth and ninth place, respectively. Kate Fiorella took 11th place at 24:40.
Dunkirk boys, Gowanda girls prevail
FALCONER - The Dunkirk boys' cross country team put together a solid effort in taking first place against three other teams Tuesday in high school cross country action.
Running at Breezewood Golf Course, Dunkirk took first place with 39 points. Gowanda followed at 43, Allegany-Limestone took third at 64, followed by Falconer with 65.
Gowanda's Matt Kruszka placed second with a time of 17:35. Dunkirk's Javier Soto (17:36) and Ethan Francis (18:05) placed third and fourth, respectively.
Joey Kruszka placed fifth at 18:06 and Dunkirk's Ray Tarnowski was sixth at 18:30.
Gowanda's Ian Warrior placed seventh at 18:38 while Dunkirk's Alec Tomaszewski took ninth at 18:54. Gowanda's Ben Myzel rounded out the top 10 with a time of 18:57.
Dunkirk's No. 5 runner, Tom Logan, placed 17th at 20:15 while Gowanda's No. 5 runner, Ryan Monati, placed 19th at 20:23.
"We were just a couple steps ahead," Dunkirk coach Kurt Warmbrodt said. "My first four boys finished between spots three and nine. That meant a lot. They were bunched very nicely.
In the girls' race, Gowanda (8-1) placed first with 28 points, followed by Allegany-Limestone 43, Falconer 67 and Dunkirk incomplete.
First place was taken by Falconer's Kirsten Holmberg with a time of 21:01. Gowanda's Colleen Steward (21:35) and Hunter Samuelson (21:38) placed second and third, respectively. Gowanda also took places eight (Marcella Torres, 24:55), nine (Lexi Latona, 25:11) and 10 (Katelynn Jaroszewski, 25:16).
"We had a good race," Gowanda coach Pete Palmer said. " Allegany-Limestone had some good girls in the front. We just have that big pack in the middle that just seems to get in before their fourth and fifth runners. That makes a big difference."
Dunkirk's lone runner, Samantha Hemminger, placed 28th at 39:45.
JAMESTOWN - Silver Creek coach Mike Janisch has been coaching cross country for more than 40 years and witnessed something Tuesday he has never seen before.
Both the boys' and girls' high school cross country races ended in a tie.
"I haven't seen ties in two races on the same day with the same teams ever," he said.
In the boys' race, Silver Creek and Sherman tied with 42 points, followed by Jamestown 61 and Franklinville 80.
Silver Creek won the tiebreaker as its sixth runner finished before Sherman's fifth runner.
Sherman's Josh O'Dell won the race with a time of 16:57.
The Black Knights' Ryan Ruia placed sixth at 18:16. He was followed by teammates Caleb Makuch (18:27), Jake Mullen (18:31) and Tyler Steklasa (18:36). Silver Creek's fifth runner, James Corbin, placed 12th at 18:49.
"We certainly did pack the group from positions six through nine, and 12, pretty tightly which allowed us to have a chance at winning," Janisch said. "I was really impressed with Ruia. He ran his best race of the year."
In the girls' race, Sherman and Silver Creek tied with 34 points. Sherman won the tiebreaker. Jamestown took third with 56 points and Franklinville finished incomplete.
Sherman's Holley Eliason placed first with a time of 20:11.
Silver Creek's sister duo of Emma Seiders and Hannah Seiders placed second and third, respectively. Teammate Rachel Radack took fifth with a time of 22:05 while Sarah Adams was seventh at 22:44. Claire Castiglia took 17th at 24:33.
"Sherman is a state-ranked team," Janisch noted. "We were lucky to come that close with them. The Seiders sisters ran excellent races, as did Radack."