Red Storm XC teams finish top three at invitational

SARANAC LAKE — The Saranac Lake cross country teams put together another successful outing on Saturday. Racing in the South Glens Falls Killian Cross Country Invitational at Moreau Recreation Park, the two Red Storm teams both finished in the top three.

Saranac Lake’s senior Sam Ash won the boys individual title in a time of 15 minutes, 46 seconds. He was trailed closely by his Red Storm teammate Jake Kollmer, a sophomore, who finished second in 15:50. Senior Aiden Hesseltine finished 17th in 17:03 and senior Morgan Martin was 22nd with a time of 17:26. The boys’ race featured 127 runners.

Despite having four runners in the top 25, Scotia-Glenville was able to capture the boys’ team title with 64 points. Scotia-Glenville outscored the Red Storm, who finished with 88 points in second place.

The boys’ team was rounded out by Paul Fogarty in 54th place in 18:50, Robert Sinclair in 75th in 19:53 and Sam Bickford in 91st in 21:07.

In the girls’ race, Schuylerville took first place with 54 team points. Scotia-Glenville (60) took second place, while Saranac Lake (81) finished third.

Sophia Squires, of Hoosic Valley, captured the girls’ title in 19:12, edging the Red Storm’s Addi Ash, who was her team’s top finisher in eighth place with a time of 20:29.

Phoebe Peer was Saranac Lake’s second finisher after crossing the line in 21:04 for 13th place. Astacia Bruno placed 21st in 21:26, Nelle Aaron took 30th in 21:21, Zoe Carpenter finished in 32nd in 22:29 and Brooklyn Shumway placed 35th in 22:38. The girls’ race featured 81 runners.

Lake Placid XC

The Lake Placid cross country teams ventured out to Utica on Saturday for the E.J. Herrmann Invitational at Proctor Park.

Junior Lilly Rother was the Blue Bomber girls’ top finisher, placing seventh overall in 21:09. Freshman Kai McKinnon followed closely behind in 15th place in 22:13, while junior Harley Cohen (24:27) took 46th place in the race that featured 130 girls’ runners.

Lake Placid was rounded out by Jenna Fay (26:32) in 75th place, Mya Marshall (28:46) in 97th, Holly Erenstone (28:52) in 101st and Erin Roth (38:11) in 126th. Adirondack Central’s Cora Hinsdill was the overall winner of the girls’ race finishing in 19:58.

Beaver River Central captured the girls’ team title with 67 points, while Adirondack Central was second with 78 points. The Blue Bombers finished in seventh place as a team with 174 points.

On the boys’ side, Fonda-Fultonville was the overall winner with 76 points, while Delaware Academy took second with 80 points. Lake Placid finished in ninth place with 247 points.

Travis Gaffney, of St. Mary’s Catholic in Ontario, Canada, won the race in 16:23, while the Blue Bombers’ Aidan Fay claimed a top 10 spot, finishing in 10th in 18:02.

Less than 30 seconds after Fay finished, Lake Placid’s Andrew Scanio crossed the finish line to earn 15th place in 18:28. Colin Francis (20:23) was the Blue Bomber’s third runner to finish earning 53rd place out of 171 runners.

Lake Placid’s final five finishers were Kenny Lawrence (22:25) in 95th place, Colton Kondrat (23:16) in 115th, Ethan Cash (23:36) in 126th, Sean Roth (27:12) in 151st and Nicholas O’Brien (35:39) in 167th.

The Blue Bomber teams will return to action today at Mount Van Hoevenberg. Lake Placid will host Moriah/Boquet Valley, Northeastern Clinton and Saranac Lake at 4:30 p.m.


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