Monroe-Woodbury Cross Country season opens against top-ranked teams


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  • The Monroe-Woodbury Girls Cross Country team is ranked #6 in New York State in Class Ain the Milesplit.com preseason ranking.




  • The Monroe-Woodbury Boys Cross Country team is ranked #15 in New York State in Class A in the Milesplit.com preseason ranking.




On Saturday, Sept. 8, Monroe-Woodbury Girls and Boys Cross Country teams traveled upstate to compete against some of the top teams in New York and the United States.

Both the Girls and Boys Varsity teams placed third in their races. The M-W Girls team are ranked #6 NYS Class A and the M-W Boys are #15 NYS Class A in the Milesplit.com preseason ranking.

Their first OCIAA meet is Wednesday at Pine Bush.

Cross country is a team sport in which the first five runners from each team to cross the finish line receive the points that correspond to their place. The first-place runner receives one point, the second-place runner two, and so on. The team receiving the lowest score wins.

Therefore, it is more advantageous to have a closely grouped team than one or two very fast runners. The time separation between the first and fifth runner is a key training point and most coaches strive for less than 60 seconds.

The girls traveled to Chittenango to the Chittenango Invitational meet where they placed third against the winner Shenendehowa (#5 NYS Class A) and second place Fayettevill-Manilius (#1 NYS Class A and #6 USA).

Shenendehowa surprised Fayetteville-Manlius by taking five of the first 13 places even though a F-M runner won the race by 40 seconds. M-W packed their first five runners into a 33-second window and the first seven runners in 55 seconds to take third place in the Girls Large School race.

The M-W Boys travelled to Guilderland to participate in the Guilderland Invitational, competing against Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (#1 NYS Class B and #8 USA) and Guilderland (#5 NYS Class A).

Burnt Hills won the varsity race easily by taking five of the top ten places while Guilderland took second place overall.

M-W Boys placed third with their top five runners finishing within 46 seconds of each other.

The Boys JV finished third and the Boys Freshmen took second place.

These stories and photos were provided by Assistant Coach Patrick Brown.

Results

Girls
At the Chittenango Invitational last Saturday. M-W Girls Cross County Team packed its first five runners into a 33-second window and the first seven runners in 55 seconds to take third place in the Girls Large School race.
Here’s how the Monroe-Woodbury athletes placed in the 3.1-mile course:
• Rachel Hirschkind, 9th in 19:53.20
• Daniella Napoli, 11th in 19:55.80
• Jessica Pidgeon , 14th in 20:03.90
• Evelyn Gonzalez-Valle. 15th in 20:04.80
• Ella DePhillips, 22nd in 20:26.10
• Allison Nolan, 30th in 20:47.40
• Emily Jibb, 31st in 20:48.80 30
Boys
At the Guilderland Invitational last Saturday, M-W Boys placed third with their top five runners finishing within 46 seconds of each other.
The Boys JV finished third and the Boys Freshmen took second place.
Here’s how the Monroe-Woodbury athletes placed in the 2.86-mile course:
Varsity
• Andrew Yi, 12th in 16:00.86
• Keith Allen, 14th in 16:06.74
• Daniel Hynes, 19th in 16:32.37
• Tyler Andersen, 22nd in 16:46.14
• Brian Whitfield, 23rd in 16:47.08
• Aiden Berges, 26th in 16:55.45
• Ethan Czerwinski, 33rd in 18:10.97
Junior Varsity
• JP Incledon, 17th in 17:48.03
• Kajetan Leitner, 18th in 17:48.21
• Eric Perricelli, 27th in 18:27.91
• Brendan Fernandes, 29th in 18:32.16
• Alex Linn, 30th in 18:38.16
• Matthew Bezdicek, 31st in 18:38.99
• Matthew Cerillo, 33rd in 18:44.11
Freshmen (1.7-mile course)
• Ethan Doscher, 9th in 10:26.50
• Brendan McEntyre, 14th in 10:46.95
• Marc Yastion, 15th in 10:47.17
• Joey Melillo, 20th in 11:19.38
• Dominic Wasto, 22nd in 11:29.49
• Aiden Buckley, 26th in 11:29.70




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