Gray caps season at Fed meet

Saranac Lake junior Anderson Gray, left, surges past Eron Schulte, of Livonia, at the finish line of the NYSPHSAA Class C championship race Nov. 11 at Wayne Central School. Gray, the Section VII champion, placed 28th overall with a time of 17:48.9 at the state meet. (Enterprise file photo — Justin A. Levine)

Saranac Lake junior Anderson Gray capped off a spectacular cross country season Saturday at the New York State Federation Championships at Bowdoin Park in Wappingers Falls.

Gray earned an invitation to the elite Federation meet with a first-place finish in the Section VII championship race Nov. 3 at Cobble Hill Golf Course in Elizabethtown. He came back the next week with a 28th-place finish at the Class C state meet in Ontario Center.

Gray was one of two boys from Section VII at the Federation meet. Gray finished 141st out of 258 with a time of 17:43. Andrew LePage of Saranac Central placed 190th in 18:09. Mason Gatewood, of Saint Anthony’s High School, won the race in 15:52.

“We are extremely proud of Anderson’s accomplishments this season,” Saranac Lake coach Bill Peer said. “His selection to represent Section VII at this prestigious meet was an honor for him and our program. We are pleased with his results against the best runners in New York state that included the best runners from private and public schools in New York City.”

The Federation meet brought together top runners from each of the state’s high school sports organizations: NYSPHSAA, CHSAA, PSAL and AISAA.

Seton Catholic sisters Lea DeJordy and Sofia DeJordy represented Section VII in the Federation girls race. Lea DeJordy, a sophomore, finished 128th overall with a time of 20:55 and Sofia, a junior, took 170th in 21:36. North Rockland’s Katelyn Tuohy was the overall winner with a course record-breaking time of 16:52.

Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake was crowned as the boys Federation team champion, while Saratoga Springs won the girls team title.