Braves’ Viscosi wins Fonda-Fultonville Invy

Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons’ Ben Verbicky (194) is chased by Fonda-Fultonville’s Shane Viscosi (124), Trevor Cline (114), Christian Pierce (120) and Ryan Shopmeier (122) at the start of the 3-mile Division I boys varsity race Saturday at the annual Fonda-Fultonville Cross-Country Invitational at Fonda-Fultonville High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

FONDA — Fonda-Fultonville’s Shane Viscosi picked up his third-straight cross-country invitational victory of the season Saturday.

Viscosi added the Fonda-Fultonville Invitational to the list that includes the Fort Plain and Blackbird Invitational titles Saturday with a winning time of 16:38.22 over the 3-mile Fonda-Fultonville High School course.

Albany’s Dalia Levy was first into the chute ahead of Fonda-Fultonville’s Haley Clear and Mayfield’s Fianna Halloran with her time of 20:31.92 for the girls varsity title.

Clear covered the 3-mile course in 21:08.03, while Halloran turned in a time of 21:10.02.

Kimberlee Snell finished 18th in the girls varsity race for Fonda-Fultonville with a time of 21:10.97, while Avery Cusack was 24th in 24:51.97, Delena James placed 28th in 25:07.91, Madison Thomson was 35th in 26:41.98 and Kianna Hanson finished 37th with her time of 27:16.36.

Gloversville’s Rhea Winter placed 8th with a time of 22:10.44, while Mayfield’s Delaney LaFontaine was 22nd in 24:47.53; Johnstown’s Maddie King placed 40th in 28:05.03 and Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville’s Trinity Chromczak finished 48th in 33:56.56.

Fonda-Fultonville’s Bennett Melita placed 4th in the boys’ varsity race with his time of 17:43.01, while the Braves’ Trevor Cline was 11th in 18:53.63, Christian Pierce placed 13th in 19:11.70, Ryan Schopmeier finished 38th in 20:40.91 and John Hall placed 46th in 22:27.61.

Gloversville’s Dylan Phillips finished 6th with his time of 18:01.82, while Tyler Rando finished 36th with a time of 20:35.04 and Andrew Ryder was 44th with his time of 22:17.25.

Alex Cwiakala led Johnstown with his 10th-place finish in 18:53.11. Tyler Downing finished 20th for the Sir Bills with his time of 19:57.87, while Josh Peck placed 21st in 20:03.40, Garrett Bobowski was 30th in 20:22.72, Max Gyldenvand placed 34th in 20:31.37 and Nate Cotton was 43rd in 22:13.31.

Mayfield’s Braydon Jourden placed 12th with a time of 18:59.03 and Shawn Allen finished 15th with a time of 19:15.32.

Michael Green placed 53rd for Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville with a time of 24:53.25, while Trenton Stevenson was 54th in 25:34.58 and Zack Grant placed 56th in 26:26.12.

There was no team scoring for the invitational.

Queensbury Invitational

QUEENSBURY — The Broadalbin-Perth girls turned in a strong performance at the Queensbury Invitational Saturday at Queensbury High School.

The Lady Patriots placed sixth out of 23 teams scoring points in the Division II Small Schools standings with 180 points, while the B-P boys placed 15th out of 23 schools in the D-II boys standings with 314 points.

The Amsterdam boys placed 20th in the D-I standings with 596 points, while the Lady Rams placed 21st in the D-I standings with 631 points.

Sarah Smith led the Broadalbin-Perth girls with her 22nd place overall finish with a time of 21:21.35 over the 5K Queensbury Trails course., while Samantha Murphy was 23rd in 21:22.12, Emma Frasier placed 36th in 22:12.91, Lauren Phillips was s41st in 22:18.76 and Ava Tyler rounded out the top five scorers with her 66th place overall finish in 23:43.49. Caroline Iannotti placed 75th overall for BP with a time of 23:58.89 and Grace Smith was 117th in 27:06.24.

Delhi won the D-II girls title over Mount Greylock Regional High School, 73-135, while Schuylerville was third with 173, Voorheesville and Remsen/Old Forge both had 179 points with Voorheesville getting fourth on the sixth-runner tie-breaker. Broadalbin-Perth was sixth with 180 and Bayport Blue Point seventh with 187.

“Today was our first true test of the season as we raced against many of schools we will compete against at sectionals,” Broadalbin-Perth coach Jeff Richards said. “Overall, we ran well as most set personal best. On the girls side we finished sixth but were only beaten out by one of our fellow Section II Class C schools, Schuylerville. They beat us by a small margin of 7 points, which I believe we can overcome, as our new kids get more accustomed to the 5k distance. Ava Tyler [4 minutes better] and Caroline Iannotti [2 minutes better] showed much improvement in just their second race and made our gap from 1-6 so much tighter.”

For the Patriots, Connor Couperus placed 29th overall with a time of 18:05.61, while Micah Smith placed 32nd in 18:19.40 and Danny Dylong was 45th with a time of 18:51.50. Josh Hughes placed 104th with his time of 20:39.59 and Jordan Perna completed the Patriots scoring, finishing 123rd in 21:18.73. Aiden Snyder placed 148th overall for BP with a time of 22:47.37 and Thomas Holland finished 169th in 25:11.62.

Mount Academy won the D-II boys title with 28 points, with Sayville second with 81 and Delhi third with 87.

“On the boys side I was hoping for better than 15th, but we are showing improvement,” Richards said. “Like the girls, we need to gain some more experience and learn to keep the pack a bit tighter. We had a 3 minute gap from 1-5 and in order to win an elusive sectional title we need that gap to be about a minute and a half. Our top 3 of Connor, Micah, and Danny [all who have cross country experience] ran exceptionally well as we put 3 in before any other section II Class team’s 2nd runner. Now we need the remaining members to find a way to stay within striking distance of opposing teams number five guys. I think they have the talent to do so, but now they have to believe it.”

Trevor Dzikowicz paced the Amsterdam boys with his 38th place finish in the D-I race with a time of 17:11.26 over the 5K course. Daniel Bublak placed 132nd in 20:10.85, while Matthew Stachnik was 137th in 20:34.93, Joseph Santiago placed 140th in 21:04.82, Tyler Rodecker was 149th in 28:15.32 and Justin Santiago placed 150th in 28:51.96.

Shenendehowa won the D-I boys title 57-102 over Shaker. Ballston Spa’s Ben Guerin won the race with his time of 15:43.51. Amsterdam placed 20th in the D-I team standings with 596 points.

Skyler Grybos led the Amsterdam girls with her time of 24:10.26 to finish 126th overall in the D-I girls race. Kayla Sondrup placed 129th with a time of 24:16.93, Brook Marshall was 131st in 24:27.45, Sydney Szcezpanick placed 142nd in 24:45.71, Josephine Smith was 145th in 25:54.63, Alinah Marinov finished 146th with a time of 25:54.94 and Emma Kelly was 151st in 27:07.69.

Champlain Valley won the team title over Shenendehowa 81-92 with Shaker third with 119. Amsterdam placed 21st with 631 points.

By Paul Wager

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