The Colonie girls cross country team display their awards after winning the Division II team title at the Grout Run Oct. 1 in Schenectady's Central Park.
It was almost a perfect day for the Colonie and Shaker girls cross country teams at last Saturday’s Grout Run in Schenectady’s Central Park.
Colonie won the Division II team title in convincing fashion, while Shaker finished second to Connetquot by one point for the Division I championship.
Colonie packed itself well to win a Grout Run division title for the second year in a row. The Lady Raiders’ first five runners all finished among the top 12 to give Colonie 37 points, 13 points ahead of Bayport-Blue Point of Long Island.
“I think it was a very good performance by our number three through seven runners,” said Colonie girls coach Frank Myers. “Our No. 1 and 2 runners, I don’t know how fast they ran, but three through seven won the race for us.”
Shaker also did a good job packing its runners together as its first five runners finished in the top 15 in the Division I race. But Connetquot – another Long Island team – placed its first three runners higher than Shaker did, which proved to be the difference.
“They’re great little kids,” said Shaker coach Marbry Gansle of her team, which features several underclassmen. “They work hard in practice every day.”
Shaker’s Maryanna Lansing took home an individual championship medal. The eighth grader finished with a winning time of 16:01.61, more than seven seconds ahead of Connetquot’s Amy Irving.
“It was a little nerve wracking [at the end] because I knew she was behind me, but I just kept going,” said Lansing, who picked up her first career invitational victory at the varsity level.
Connetquot took places two through four before Shaker’s Payton Czupil crossed the finish line in fifth place with a time of 16:19.87. The Blue Bison got their third through fifth runners in ahead of Connetquot’s fifth runner, but it wasn’t quite enough for them to grab the team title.
Kayleigh Lavender (12th place, 17:15.90), Audrey Martino (14th, 17:34.26) and Laura Libruk (15th, 17:40.58) rounded out Shaker’s top five.
Colonie didn’t have an individual champion, but it kept its pack tight to defeat Bayport-Blue Point. Jackie Malecki led the way for Colonie with a third-place finish in a time of 16:31.77. Katie Schillaci was next in seventh place with a time of 16:56.88, followed by Carolyn Pellegrini in eighth place with a time of 17:05.86. Shannen Kerin (10th place, 17:24.87) and Kirsten Kaminski (11th, 17:26.65) rounded out the Lady Raiders’ top five.
In other cross country action last weekend, the Shaker boys team broke a two-invitational streak of second-place finishes by winning the McQuaid Invitational in Rochester.
The Blue Bison edged Rush-Henrietta 79-82 to take the boys AAA seeded division team title. Corning was third with 116 points.
Shaker’s Mike Libruk was the top individual runner with a time of 15:28. Jon Vallecorsa placed fifth with a time of 15:41, while Adam Schwenzfeier finished 19th with a time of 16:13. Ryan Recchia was 22nd with a time of 16:17, and Max Morgan placed 35th with a time of 16:40.