Newfane girls win X-C Sectionals

Photos by Tom Rivers: Some of the top runners in the girls Class C Sectionals race push to get up a muddy hill at Knox Farm State Park in East Aurora today. From left include Sonya Krezmien of Springville-Griffith Institute, Lauren Wagner of Akron, Emily Brown of Fredonia and Alanna Holman of Albion. Wagner won the race in a time of 19:56.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 8 November 2019 at 11:58 pm

Akron’s Lauren Wagner is Class C Champ; Roy-Hart’s Rickard and Barker’s DiLorenzo qualify for states

Anna Rickard of Roy-Hart is ahead of Angelina Napoleon of Allegany-Limestone during Friday’s Sectional race. Rickard was 4th and Napoleon 5th. They both qualified for the state meet on Nov. 16 in Plattsburgh.

EAST AURORA — The Newfane girls cross country team defended its Section 6 championship today on a muddy course at Knox Farm State Park.

Newfane had the lowest score among 16 teams in Class C for Section 6 and qualified for the state meet on Nov. 16 at Plattsburgh. Newfane had the 8th through 11th place runners, plus the 14th. Their top five included Lydia Chunco (20:54), Kylie Bowman (20:57), Vanessa Burkard (21:00), Catalena Ersing (21:03) and Shelby Nerber (21:47).

Lauren Wagner of Akron was the Class C champion, finishing first among 111 runners. Wagner, a sophomore, ran the 3.1-mile course in 19:56, just ahead of Emily Brown of Fredonia at 20:02. Anna Rickard of Roy-Hart was 4th in 20:29 and qualified for the state meet.

Alanna Holman was 7th at 20:48, and was the top finisher for Albion. Sabrina Quiros was Medina’s top finisher at 45th in 24:06.

Newfane was the Sectional champion with 42 points, ahead of second-place Falconer with 122. Other N-O teams include Akron in third (127), Wilson in 13th (306) and Medina in 14th (314) out of 16 teams. Albion and Roy-Hart both didn’t have full teams with at least five runners.

The Newfane boys also had a strong showing, coming in 4th out of 16 teams in Class C. Newfane had 92 points, which was behind Sectional champ Southwestern with 73, second place Springville-Griffith Institute in second with 82 and Falconer in third at 84.

Other local teams include Akron in 7th with 230 points, Wilson in 9th with 254, Medina in 11th with 282, Roy-Hart in 13th with 295, and Albion in 14th at 352, ahead of Silver Creek (424) and Tonawanda (468).

None of the N-O runners qualified for the state meet for Class C. Nathan Moran of Newfane had the top finish from the Niagara-Orleans League in 8th (17:30) with Ozzy Moore of Roy-Hart in 11th (17:50). Cameron Castanon of Medina was 15th at 18:01, followed by Wilson’s Jon Moote in 16th at 18:03.

Ozzy Moore of Roy-Hart, in 11th, and Cameron Castanon of Medina, in 15th, were among the top finishers from the Niagara-Orleans League in the Class C boys race. This muddy hill was among several slippery spots on the course.

Zach Sanford was the top finisher for Akron in 31st at 18:35, and Reuben Rivers led Albion with a 42nd finish in 19:00.

Peter DiLorenzo of Barker heads to a 3rd place finish in the Class D race.

There were 129 runners in the race, which was won by Kyle Urban of Alden in 16:37.

In the Class D race, the Barker boys team finished second to Maple Grove, 24 to 55. There were seven teams in the competition. Barker topped Randolph (96 points), Franklinville (115 points), Clymer/Sherman/Panama (122 points), Frewsburg (137 points) and Cattaraugus/Little Valley (182 points).

Barker’s Peter DiLorenzo, a senior, was 3rd at 17:45 and qualified for the state meet at Plattsburgh. Other Barker runners in the top 20 include Mason Allee-Castro in 9th (18:44), Robert Mason in 11th (18:47), Nicholas Guerva in 15th (19:26), Evan Taylor in 17th (19:42) and Donovan Dawson in 18th (19:45).

Ronan McDonald of Randolph won the race in 17:09.

In Class D girls, Barker was third with 107 points, behind first place Maple Grove (28 points) and Clymer/Sherman/Panama (40 points). Barker was ahead of Randolph (119 points), Franklinville (133 points), Frewsburg (135 points) and Cattaraugus-Little Valley (160 points).

Barker was led by Haleigh Mason in 12th (22:38) and Lydia Samson in 17th (23:07). Ava Christ of Maple Grove won the race in 19:42.

Zack Fuller, a senior at Albion, powers up a hill. He finished the race in 21:44.

Sabrina Quiros of Medina fights through the mud on a hill at Knox Farm in East Aurora.

Gannon Gibson of Newfane sprints in the last stretch of the race to edge John Brockelbank of Falconer. Gibson was 27th with 18:23, and Brockelbank was 28th at 18:24.

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