Notre Dame, Pembroke moving on to State Championships
The Cross Country Programs at Notre Dame and Pembroke are celebrating as both will be representing Section V in the Boys New York State Cross Country Championships at Sunken Meadow State Park in Long Island.
The Pembroke Team won a close one over Greece-Odyssey and Leroy, who tied for second in the Class C race. Pembroke and Odyssey have been back and forth all year, but Pembroke got it done on Saturday. Colin Bartholomew of Pembroke took second in the race with Matt Seward behind in 5th place. Odyssey made a surge taking 7th, 9th 10th and 11th place, but Pembroke got their next three runners in, Kyle Maurer 13th, Adam Mahaney, 15th and Ethan Burns 16th to seal the win for Pembroke.
In the Class D race, Notre Dame won its third consecutive sectional title, and outdistanced Oakfield by 15 points in the merged D/DD resutls to earn the school's first ever Boys Cross Country Team representation at the State Meet. Freshman Quin O'Connor battled Kevin Grazioplene of Oakfield the whole way, finally breaking away with 1/2 mile to go in the race to break the tape in first. Notre Dame put their top five in the top ten of the Class D race to easily win the Class D title. Kevin Pawlak placed 5th, Eric Shormann 7th, Matt Jackson 8th, and Taylor Alexander 10th.
The Genesee-Livingston Cross Country League won ever class that it represented and has many representative moving on to the State Meet. Here is a rundown:
Boys Team Championships: Class B -- HFL, Class C -- Pembroke, Class CC -- Bath-Haverling, Class D -- Notre Dame, Class DD -- Oakfield
Girls Team Championships: Class B -- HFL, Class C -- Byron Bergen, Class CC -- Attica, Class D -- Geneseo, Class DD -- Oakfield
Along with the Pembroke and Notre Dame Boys Teams qualifing for the state meet, HFL Boys and Girls Team also qualified. Many league individuals also qulaified for the State Meet. The boys that will be representing Section V and the GR/LC League are: Frank Johnson of Letchworth Jake Krautwuist and Jack Bennett of Leroy, Cohen Miles Rath of Wayland-Cohocton, Kevin Grazioplene of Oakfield, Ben Strickland of Geneseo, Craig Cicero of Perry, Justin Richardson of Pavilion,
The girls that will be representing Section V and the GR/LC League are: Kristina Martin of Holley, McKenzie Bennett of Dansville, Katie Piechowiak of Attica, Abby Decker of Wayland-Cohocton, Kim Mills of Oakfield, and Liz Valento of Pavilion.