Albion harriers open at home Tuesday

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 21 September 2014 at 12:00 am

Photo by Mike Wertman – Prepping for Tuesday’s Niagara-Orleans League opener are these members of the Albion boys cross-country team. In front are Nick Neilans, Matt Flanagan and Evan Steier. In back are Cody Osborne, Noah Wadhams, Freeman Lattin, Brady Meakin, Evan Pappalardo, Jason Downs and Aaron Chen. Missing from the photo are Chase Vanquez and Jordan Wolcott.

Albion will begin Niagara-Orleans League boys and girls cross-country competition by hosting Akron Tuesday on the Purple Eagles campus course.

The trio of senior Aaron Chen and juniors Nick Neilans and Evan Pappalardo heads Albion’s boys squad which also includes senior Chase Vanquez; juniors Jason Downs, Matt Flanagan, Brady Meakin, Cody Osborne, Jordan Wolcott; sophomores Freeman Lattin and Evan Steier and freshman Noah Wadhams.

Photo by Mike Wertman – Members of the Albion girls cross-country squad includes, in front, Caitlin Malanowski, Nita Bela, Malory Adams, Kaylyn Holman and Emma Mathes. In back are Logan London, Hannah Grammar, Kirsten Struble, Madyson Coville, Meredith Patterson, Hannah Wehling and Megan Rosato. Missing from the photo is Abby Wells.

Junior Meredith Patterson, who earned first team N-O All-League honors last fall, heads the Albion girls squad along with senior Madyson Coville and freshman Hannah Grammar. The Purple Eagles lineup also includes seniors Nita Bela, Logan London and Megan Rosato; juniors Caitlin Malanowski and Abby Wells; sophomore Hannah Wehling and eighth graders Malory Adams, Kaylyn Holman, Emma Mathes and Kirsten Struble.

“Last year we were pretty inexperienced but we’ve got some good returnees and we’ve had the best practices I’ve had in a while. They are really focused,” said Coach Mark Hryvniak. “It’s a strong league but our goal is to be competitive.”

The Akron girls squad is the two-time defending N-O champions.

Albion’s Schedule

Sept. 23 – home vs. Akron, 4:45 p.m.
Sept. 30 – at Barker vs. Newfane and Barker, 4:45 p.m.
Oct. 7 – at Medina vs. CSAT and Medina, 4:45 p.m.
Oct. 14 – home vs. Wilson and Roy-Hart, 4:45 p.m.
Oct. 25 – All-League meet at Lakeside State Park, 11 a.m.