Cross Country Roundup: Johnstown sweeps Gloversville

Johnstown’s Trey Naselli runs during Wednesday’s Foothills Council meet against Gloversville at Johnstown High School. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)

JOHNSTOWN — The Johnstown boys and girls cross country teams both posted wins over Gloversville in a Foothills Council meet at Johnstown High School.

The Huskies fielded incomplete boys and girls teams, handing Johnstown the win.

In the girls meet, Johnstown’s Cole Krempa won with a time of 23:04.20 on the 3.1-mile course. Ayaka Sasaki was second for the Lady Bills with a time of 24:24.00, while Gloversville’s Brooke Dutcher was third with a time of 26:04.24.

Johnstown’s Emily Pertell (27:13.29) was fourth and Johnstown’s Lucy LoDestro (27:57.46) was fifth.

Gloversville’s Zoie Tesi (29:04.24) was sixth, Johnstown’s Maddie King (33:27.24) was seventh, Gloversville’s Marisa Dygon (36:35.42) was eighth and Gloversville’s Marilyn Christman (38:42.39) was ninth.

In the boys meet, Johnstown’s Trey Naselli posted the top time, finishing the 3.1-mile course in 19:19.02.

Johnstown’s Alex Cwiakala (19:48.01) was second, Gloversville’s Damian Brockhum (21;00.45) was third, Johnstown’s Vinnie Rizzo (21:16.06) was fourth and Johnstown’s Tyler Downing (21:31.25) was fifth.

Rounding out the Johnstown finishers were Garrett Bobowski (sixth, 21:55.35), Jayden Elston (eighth, 23:03.59), Alex DeMagistris (ninth, 24:01.33) and Matthew Ferrera (12th, 29:40.42)

Caleb Port (22:54.14) was seventh for Gloversville, John Heimer (24:30.05) was 10th and Alex Szabo (28:36.51) was 11th.

Gloversville is scheduled to host Queensbury on Saturday at 9:30 a.m.. while Johnstown is set to host Hudson Falls on Saturday at 9:30 a.m.

Amsterdam boys, B-P girls post wins

BROADALBIN — The Amsterdam boys and Broadalbin-Perth girls posted wins during Wednesday‘s Foothills Council meet.

The Lady Patriots posted a 17-44 victory, while the Rams notched a 26-29 win.

In the girls meet, B-P claimed six of the top seven spots on its way to the win.

“Today was a tough day for us. On the boys’ side, we suffered a close loss as Amsterdam ran to a hard-fought win,” B-P coach Jeff Richards said. “On the girls side we won, but did so with a very poor team effort.”

Alex Brown won for the Lady Patriots with a time of 23:56.80 on the 3.1-mile course. Emma Frasier (24:21.30) was second for B-P, Haley Tomlinson (24:40.90) was third, Lauren Phillps (25:48.00) was fourth, Samantha Murphy (25:57.20) was sixth and Emma Murphy (25:58.50) was seventh.

Rounding out the B-P finishers were Grace Smith (10th, 26:18.00) and Bianca Ropeter (14th, 29:19.10).

“On the girls side, we got the W but did not race up to par. At Hudson Falls, the girls‘ time gap from our number one to our number five runner was close to one minute and more like the pack finish I preach during a normal season,” Richards said. “Today that slid to over two minutes. If we want to be successful later on, we cannot have such large gaps. We have to find a way to be mentally tougher and get that gap down to 30 seconds. I know that if our girls were allowed to race together they would do just that. Now they need to realize this and do so while running individually.”

Brook Marshall led Amsterdam, placing fourth with a time of 24:51.20.

Rosie Sculco (26:14.80) was eighth for the Lady Rams, Briana Kelly (26:17.10) was ninth and Gianna Crespo-Julia (27:00.60) was 11th.

Other Amsterdam finishers were Sydney Szczepanik (12th, 27:14.10), Alinah Marinov (13th, 27:59.60), Josie Smith (15th, 29:30.40) and Makayla Brown (16th, 35:04.00).

In the boys meet, Amsterdam’s Trevor Dzikowicz won with a time of 18:44.90.

Broadalbin-Perth’s Connor Couperus (19:19.30) was second, B-P’s Danny Dylong (20:04.10) was third, Amsterdam’s Jacob Gomez (20:24.20) was fourth and Joe Santiago (21:47.60) was fifth.

Vincenzo Billington (seventh, 22:24.90) and Brady Naish (ninth, 23:32.40) also posted top-10 finishes for Amsterdam.

Aiden Snyder (sixth, 22:07.90), Thomas Holland (eighth, 23:15.40) and Rylee VanAlstine (10th, 24:10.90) posted top-10 finishes for B-P, while Logan Zara (25:52.90) was 13th.

Also competing for Amsterdam were Tyler Rodecker (11th, 25;16.70), Matt Stachnik (12th, 25:42.10), Legend Williams (14th, 28;38.00), Anthony Serrano (15th, 30:36.90) and Cristian Torres (16th, 35:16.70).

“I knew the boys’ race would be close and unfortunately, we came up on the wrong end of the score. Credit to Amsterdam as their number four and five runners really stepped up to solidify their victory,” Richards said. “Once again, our boys ran shorthanded as we continue to struggle with early season injuries. If we can ever get all to race at the same time, we can turn this thing around.”

Broadalbin-Perth is scheduled to host Glens Falls on Saturday at 9:30 a.m., while Amsterdam is scheduled to host South Glens Falls on Saturday at 10 a.m.

By Paul Wager