SARATOGA SPRINGS - Saranac Lake senior Dylan Dawson continued his strong season Saturday with a second place finish in the highly competitive Burnt Hills Invitational at Saratoga Spa State Park.
Dawson turned in a time of 15:41.46, finishing fractions of a second behind Peru's Dan Lennon, who crossed the line in 15:41.13. The duo headed a field of 175 runners from around the state.
Elena Beideck was the top finisher for the Saranac Lake girls with her 13th place finish out of 128 runners. Beideck finished in 19:39.34.
(Enterprise photo — Mike Lynch)
Julie Bowler was 37th for the Red Storm in 21:15.58, with Kendra Leonidas not far behind in 21:21.68 for 40th place.
As a team, the Saranac Lake girls finished 10th out of 19 teams with 99 points, while the boys were 21st out of 27 teams.
Broadalbin-Perth was the top girls team with 61 points and Fonda-Fultonville won the boys race with 48 points.
Saranac Lake was competing in the Varsity 2 race of the competition against teams of similar size. There was also a Varsity 1 race that featured many of the best runners in the state from the large schools.
Otis Ubriaco of Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake won the large schools boys race in 15:03.21, while Brittany Winslow of Queensbury won the girls race in 17:06.45.
Dawson's time would have put him in ninth place overall among the best large school runners in the state.
Evan Klein was the second Saranac Lake boy to cross the finish line, finishing in 19:30.45. It was Klein's first sub-20 minute 5K finish of his high school career. Other Saranac Lake finishers were Chris Willette (19:41.66), Max Paul (20:12.10) and Nick Mann (21:08.40).
On the girls side, Anna Kelting clocked a time of 23:29.55, while Geanette Orton crossed the line in 24:29.76 to claim 103rd place. Andrea Nye (24:41.80) and Chelsea Schachtler (25:05.14) also competed for Saranac Lake.
Nathan Miller (20:51.25), Evan Greenberg (23:02.50), Will Lanthier (24:03.50) and Haakon Pedersen (25:30.87) competed in the boys junior varsity race.
Kaileigh Woodruff (26:28.18) and Camryn Lieb (28:25.42) competed in the girls JV race.
The Red Storm return to action Tuesday at home against Ticonderoga at 4:30 p.m.
[Editor's note: This article has been modified from its original version to include Evan Klein's time and placement.]