SARANAC LAKE - The Saranac Lake girls cross country team picked up one win while the Red Storm boys were swept as hosts of a four-way Champlain Valley Athletic Conference meet Tuesday.
Peru, Seton Catholic and Plattsburgh were the other schools competing, and the Red Storm girls earned their victory against the Hornets by a 22-33 score. Peru's girls swept their way to three wins, including an 18-41 victory over Saranac Lake.
The meet was held under blue skies, comfortable temperatures and on a wet course.
Flanked by Plattsburgh runners, Saranac Lake’s Zane Pelletieri picks up the pace shortly after the pack left the start line in Tuesday’s cross country race. Pelletieri was the top Red Storm boys runner, finishing fourth.
(Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)
"The weather was fantastic," Saranac Lake coach Joe Merrihew said. "Mud on the course with sunshine from above."
Seton Catholic's Margaret Champagne won the girls race in 19 minutes, 27 seconds and Peru then took three of the next four positions, with Ashley Leta finishing runner-up in 19:47.
Senior Elena Beideck was the top Red Storm runner, placing sixth in 20:51. Johanna Mohrs finished 10th in 21:45. Also for the Red Storm, Jackie Garso was 14th in 22:34, Jacinda Riggs placed 18th in 23:18, Grace Sullivan was 20th in 24:08, Kaliegh Woodruff finished 24th in 24:59 and Remy Orticelle placed 25th in 25:19.
Saranac Lake was narrowly defeated by the Knights 27-30.
Zane Pelletieri was the first Saranac Lake runner to reach the finish line in the boys meet, placing fourth in 18:29.
Jeriqho Gadway led from start to finish to win the race in 16:49 and lead Plattsburgh to triumphs over the Red Storm and Peru. Seton's Evan Page finished second in 17:00, and Kyle Agoney paced Peru, finishing third in 17:56.
Max Paul finished ninth for Saranac Lake in 19:08 and teammate Chris Willette was 15th in 19:30.
Saranac Lake's boys were edged by Seton Catholic 27-29, and also dropped a 24-34 decision to Peru and lost to Plattsburgh 22-28.
Also for Saranac Lake, Chris Scheider was 21st in 20:22, Nate Miller placed 27th in 21:21, Nick Munn finished 30th in 22:04, Haakon Pedersen was 37th in 23:06 and Will Lanthier placed 39th in 23:16.
Merrihew said he was pleased with the performance of both the Red Storm boys and girls teams.
"The boys have shed minutes off their times from six weeks ago - a great sign of improvement," Merrihew said. "The girls had a strong showing today. They looked good throughout the whole race."