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Cross country: Arkport/Canaseraga Wolves go back-to-back

Staff reports
Arkport/Canaseraga poses for a team photo with the Section V championship trophy after winning a second straight title Saturday.

OAKFIELD — The Arkport-Canaseraga boys cross country team took home the Section V, Class D1 Cross Country Championship for a second straight year on Saturday afternoon at Oakfield-Alabama.  

The Wolves bested runner-up Oakfield-Alabama, 38-48. 

Four different runners finished inside of the top-10 in order to help the Wolves run away with the contest. Pierce Young cruised around the course in order to bring home a second-place finish with a time of 17:03. Micah Ford added a fourth-place finish, while Dominick Staub and Salim Ford finished sixth and seventh, respectively.  

Also finishing in the top-25 for the Wolves were Dakota Pierce (19th) and Braydon Brewster (22nd). Cameron Williams was 38th. 

Riley Wilson led Cuba-Rushford in 63rd. 

In Class D2, Jacob Taylor was the top finisher for Avoca-Prattsburgh in 28th. Jasper-Troupsburg's Bryce Myers was 40th with Keshequa's Andrew Betts 46th. 

In the Class D girls’ race, the Lady Wolves came home with a fifth-place overall finish. Jenna Franklin led the way with a time of 22:06 and came in 18th place. NyVeah Stewart added a 40th-place finish followed by Claire Volk at 41. SyAnna Stewart was 44th overall while Chloe Herman came in just after her at 45th.  

Mattie Fitzwater runs to a top-10 finish for Avoca-Prattsburgh at sectionals Saturday.

Mattie Fitzwater scored a top-10 for Avoca-Prattsburgh in seventh. Hailey Kumpf was 11th to pace Cuba-Rushford with Libby Drum 19th. Faith Skowvron placed fourth for Addison. Siobhan Costello was 62nd to pace Keshequa and Paige Watkins led Jasper-Troupsburg in 66th. 

Also in Oakfield-Alabama was the Section V, Class C Championships, where the Hornell girls finished sixth overall. Netasha McIntosh led the way with a 12th-place finish and a time of 21:46. Kelsea Greenthal finished 29th overall with a time of 23:29, Norah Foreman finished 30th overall with a time of 23:30, and Carter Browne was 34th overall with a time of 23:47.  

In the boys’ race, Max Freas turned in the best performance of his career with a 21st-place finish in a time of 19:11.

"This was Max's first year and he really came into his own the last couple of races. It is good to see him go out on a high note," said HHS coach Damian DeMarco. 

Quinn Stillman was right behind him for a 24th-place finish with a time of 19:19. Collin Murphy added a 70th-place finish, Daniel Sisco came in 89th place and Hunter Mosher finished at 109th overall.  

“I was very happy with the performances of Max Freas, Quinn Stillman and Kelsea Greenthal, each ran a personal best. We lose Max Freas, Kelsea Greenthal, Carter Browne, Netasha McIntosh and Matt Sullivan, who was unable to compete due to preventative quarantine,” said DeMarco. “It is especially difficult to bid farewell to our girls. They have been tremendous representatives of our school and sport. Carter and Netasha have participated at states, and as I said for Max, it brought a smile to my face to see Kelsea turn in the best performance of her career.” 

DeMarco noted the unusual nature of the season due to COVID-19 and how grateful the program is to have been able to run at all this fall. 

"We are thankful to have had a nearly full season and to Steuben County Cross Country for continuing to treat our independent program as family," DeMarco said. 

"Despite the fragmented season, the competition was ready to run. For the most part we responded well." 

Elsewhere in Class C, Dansville coach Matt Quibell was pleased to report the Mustang results, although he was saddened by the fact that the season has now come to a close.

On the ladies side of things, the Dansville girls came in 7th in the team standings. From an individual standpoint 10th grader Maggie Bacon gained a sectional patch by finishing 10th out of 99 runners with a time of (21:22). Other Mustang finishers included Brianne Hurlburt who was 17th, and Sofia Rodriguez who came in 31st.

Out of 115 runners on the boys side, the Mustangs finished 15th as a team, while the top finisher for the red & black was junior Chad Thomas (19:26) who came in 15th in the final race of the season.

Tyler Jordan led the Way-Co boys with an eighth-place run and Matt Burritt was 20th.