Andrew Scanio wins individual state title
SARANAC LAKE — The Saranac Lake, Lake Placid and Keene Nordic ski teams competed at the Gore Mountain Ski Bowl on Monday and Tuesday at the 2022 NYSPHSAA Nordic State Championships, but only one local was able to leave a state champion.
Lake Placid’s Andrew Scanio captured the boys’ individual state championship title on Monday with a dominant performance during the individual Freestyle race.
Scanio, a junior, blazed through the course in 25 minutes, 5 seconds en route to winning the title. His time was almost a minute faster than the second-place finisher.
Scanio was one of just three boys athletes who represented the Blue Bombers at the state championship. Along with Scanio, Lake Placid sent Aidan Fay and Collin Francis.
Saranac Lake, who won the sectional title two weeks prior, sent six boys athletes to compete at states.
Those athletes included Sam Ash, Aidan Hesseltine, Mason Stoddard, Morgan Martin, Jasper Wiech and Max Hall.
Nine female athletes represented Section VII at the championships. The sectional champion Lake Placid was represented by Sam Damico, Maya Garrison, Harley Cohen, Holly Ernstone and Norah Galvin. The Red Storm sent Tyler Burth, Jordanna Samburgh and Kelsi Burth, while Keene Central sent Pia Morrelli.
While Scanio was the winner of the boys’ individual race, Saranac Lake’s Ash had a solid race, as well. Ash finished in 11th place overall in a time of 30:35.1.
Ash’s finish helped guide the Red Storm to a fourth-place finished In the team competition. The Saranac Lake boys’ finish was just 30 seconds slower than the eventual third-place finisher, Camden Central.
In the team relay the Red Storm trio of Ash (7:57.3), Hesseltine (8:57.5) and Martin (9:12.2) finished in 11th place. The Blue Bombers’ top trio of Scanio (6:49.2), Fay (8:26.2) and Francis (9:20.8) finished in seventh place.
In the girls’ race, Lake Placid took home a fourth-place finish in the team competition. The Blue Bombers’ Garrison was the fastest individual racer earning a time of 25:58.7.
In the team relay, Lake Placid’s top trio of Damico (9:12.1), Garrison (10:28.4) and Cohen (10:03.0) finished in ninth place overall. Damico had the 11th fastest split during the relay race.
Saranac Lake’s top trio in the team relay was Tyler Burth (9:15.8), Kelsi Burth (10:58.3) and Samburgh (10:38.6). The trio earned 12th place.
In the individual freestyle race, Saranac Lake’s Tyler Burth was the fastest Section VII race, finishing in a time of 24:49.9 to earn 16th place.
Lake Placid’s Fay and Saranac Lake’s Samburgh won the Section VII sportsmanship award.