Decker, Brown highlight CCAA meet

Submitted Photo Fredonia’s Emily Brown (left) and Silver Creek’s Ellie Decker (right) competed at the CCAA Cross Country Championships on Friday. Fredonia’s Brown finished eighth in the girls race, while Decker finished fifth for Silver Creek.

OBSERVER Staff Report

BEMUS POINT — The CCAA Cross Country Championships took place Friday at Bemus Point Golf Course, with many local runners finishing with solid times. The Silver Creek girls placed fourth, while Fredonia took sixth place as a team in both the boys and girls races. The Dunkirk boys finished 10th, while the Gowanda boys placed ninth, the Gowanda girls placed 11th and the Silver Creek boys finished 12th. Dunkirk’s girls score was incomplete.

Ellie Decker of Silver Creek finished fifth overall in the girls race with a time of 19:53. Fredonia’s Emily Brown was shortly behind in eighth place with a time of 20:20. Juliana Flick of Silver Creek rounded out the top 10 finishers, with a time of 20:48.

Other times for the Silver Creek girls include Daisy League (21:42), Melanie Wilson (22:08), Lily League (22:51), Emma Romanik (23:17) and Julia Kennedy (23:58). All seven runners from the Silver Creek girls placed in the top 55.

Other notables for Fredonia were Savannah Lashbrook in 11th place in 20:56 and Ashlynn Ambrose in 24th place in 21:49. Anna Buchanan (22:53), Aurora Merwin (24:29), Marah Long (28:22) and Jessica Parker (28:31) rounded out Fredonia’s team.

Kayla Forthman led Gowanda’s girls in 23:10, while Kristine Twoguns was second on the team with a time of 23:19. Emagin Warrior was third on Gowanda with a time of 23:38.

Though Dunkirk’s girls team was incomplete, Jericha Petrella (21:12) and Sierra Jacques (21:12) tied for 17th place.

The Dunkirk boys were led by Anthony Ruiz, who placed 14th with a time of 17:49. Ethan Yannie was next with a top 50 finish in 19:18. Nelson Rosario also beat the 20-minute mark with a time of 19:50.

For the Silver Creek boys, Gabe Rhodes led the way with a time of 18:53, good for 35th on the day. Riley Wilson was not far behind, with a time of 18:58, good for 38th. Josh Bunnell was next on the team with a time of 22:04.

Fredonia’s boys were led once again by Diego Rey, who — like his Fredonia female counterpart in Brown — took eighth place. Rey’s time was 17:31. Chris Annear was second on Fredonia with a time of 18:41, good for 26th place. Kevin Redfield (19:10), Ledreth Velez-Olmo (19:34), Owen Ludwig (19:43) and Thomas Stokes (19:57) all broke the 20-minute mark with top 60 finishes.

Gowanda’s boys were led by Christian Cook with a time of 18:05, good for 19th. Maddox Browning was shortly behind in 21st with a time of 18:19. Aaron Colantino was third on Gowanda with a top 50 finish of 19:06.