Boys’ Cross Country Team Advances to States

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Ana Sargent, journalist

On November 4th, the girls’ and boys’ varsity cross country teams competed at the Section 4 Championships, which served as a qualifier to the state championships. The race took place on the infamously hilly Chenango Valley State Park course that would also serve as the course for states. Despite the cold weather and difficult course, both teams performed well, with the boys qualifying to states and multiple of the girls having standout races.

 

In order to qualify to states, the boys’ team needed to win the Class B race. They did so with a substantial lead over the second-place team, Union Endicott, advancing to states for the first time in more than ten years. The boys dominated the race, with all five runners who counted towards the team score making the top ten. Liam Cody won the race with a time of 17:01, and Tim Smith finished behind him. Lucas Catarella, Sam Olsen, and Tyler Blachowiak placed 4th, 5th, and 10th, respectively.

 

Although the girls’ team did not qualify to states, they saw a number of individual successes. Bianca Ortiz finished 8th in the Class B race, qualifying her to states as an individual. Additionally, Orum Pettid, Leah Brown, and Pooja Venkatesh ran their fastest 5k times, an impressive feat given the hilly terrain of the course. Pettid, who was surprised to have recorded a PR, commented on the race: “I think [it] was pretty fun even with the hills.” Brown was also happy with her time, pointing out that it was almost three minutes faster than when she ran the same course at the beginning of the season.