El­lenville’s Cruz comes in 11th at state meet

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS - Freeman staff

El­lenville High’s Wes­ley Cruz placed 11th and the Mount Academy boys team was sec­ond over­all in Class C Satur­day at the New York State Pub­lic High School Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion cross country cham­pi­onships held at Chenango Val­ley State Park.

Cruz, a se­nior, had the high­est plac­ing by any local run­ner. He han­dled the 3.1-mile course in 16:41.1 to fin­ish 11th in the field of 131 com­peti­tors.

Mount Academy turned in a strong show­ing, but Watkins Glen claimed the first five spots by a team-scor­ing in­di­vid­ual to eas­ily win the ti­tle, 21-51.

Daryl Blough led the Ea­gles, fin­ish­ing 15th in 16:44.0. Round­ing out the Mount team were Bernard King (17th, 16:45.1), Kent Kurtz (20th, 16:47.2), Justin Compy (29th, 17:05.6), Bren­dan Baird (32nd, 17:11.4), Jamie Kei­der­ling (47th, 17:31.0) and Adam King (78th. 18:05.1).

The top 20 — which in­clude Cruz, Blough, Bernard King and Kurtz — in­di­vid­u­als re­ceive medals. The top two teams in each class re­ceive plaques.

In the same C race, Ron­d­out Val­ley’s Caleb Hor­witz and Marl­boro’s Cliff Rood were 53rd (17:37.4) and 59th (17:39.6), re­spec­tively.

Kingston ju­nior Robert Becker placed 29th (16:17.3) in the Class A race, with se­nior team­mate Jayson Hines 52nd (16:37.1).

“They ran es­pe­cially well for themselves,” Kingston coach Joe Cahill said. “The course was nice. There were a cou­ple of rolling hills in the last two miles, which made it an extra chal­lenge.”

A pair of local ju­niors ran in the boys Class B race as Jack Hob­son of Red Hook took 25th place in 16:35.8 and Wal­lkill’s Joe Push­man was 72nd (17:27.2).

The area’s four girls were much younger.

Red Hook sopho­more Sheena Dwyer-McNulty was the el­der stateswoman of the quar­tet. She was 52nd out of a field of 127 in Class B with a 20:07.9.

Ron­d­out fresh­men Mor­gan Juric and Jen Callen were 61st (21:14.4) and 70th (21:23.7), re­spec­tively, in Class C. An­other fresh­man, Sarah Trainor of Roo­sevelt, placed 53rd in Class A in 19:31.5.

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