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Welcome to the Chenango Forks Cross Country website.  We hope to have updated schedules as well as results and photos of each meet.  If you have taken any meet photos, please forward them to , Larry Brooks (brooksl@cforks.org) Jason Motell (motellj@cforks.org) Brian Staiger (bstaiger@stny.rr.com).

Sep 17, 2014 - Harrier Owego Invitational

The Harrier

Owego Invitational

September 20th, 2014

The next stop for The Long Blue Line crew is Pheasant Hill Country Club for the Owego Invitational.  We have traditionally gone to the flat, fast course of the Baldwinsville Invitational on this weekend but this year I decided to shorten the trip and tackle some hills instead.  This is the same course the Varsity and JV will compete on at the STAC Championships in late October.  I’m  really excited about this meet and anxious to see how our kids will stack up against an even higher level of competition than we encountered at CV last week.  Section IV small school powerhouses Sus Valley, Newark Valley, Watkins Glen, Waverly and CV plus several strong squads from Pennsylvania, NE Bradford, Montrose, Susquehanna, North Rome and Blue Ridge are in the mix.  In other words, we will be in the very first race of the day and the last.  The meet schedule is as follows:

9:00 am           Modified Girls small school    1.6 mi

9:16 am           Modified Boys large school    1.6 mi

9:32 am           Modified Boys small school   1.6 mi

9:48 am           Modified Girls large school    1.6 mi

10:05 am         JV Boys large school              5,000m

10:30 am         Varsity Girls small school       5,000m

11:00 am         Varsity Boys large school       5,000m

11:25 am         Varsity Boys small school       5,000m

11:50 am         Varsity Girls large school        5,000m

12:15 am         JV Girls combined                  5,000m

12:40 am         JV Boys small school              5,000m

 Awards will be presented as soon as the results of the races have been tallied with the Modified awards handed out at 10:45 AM.  Awards as follows:  Team Awards – Top 3 Teams get plaques.  Winning teams get T-shirts.  Individual Awards – T-shirts to the top 20 Varsity finishers, the top 15 JV and top 10 Modified. 

Also, Medals to finishers 21 – 40 in Varsity races, 16 – 30 in JV races and 11 – 25 for the Modifieds.  

 The Modified bus departs for the meet from the west side of Chenango Forks High School promptly at 7:15 AM.  Varsity leaves at 8:00 AM.  Sorry so early!

 They usually have a quality concession stand.  In other words, a good variety of food from all of the three food groups:  The Good, The Bad and The Ugly!  Possibly souvenir T-shirts as well.

 Athletes:  Pack what you will need (uniform, trainers to walk the course and warm up in, spikes to race in, extra clothing, umbrellas, etc.) the night before.  And as usual, let’s be positive, positive, positive!  Pull your own weight!

 Directions for Owego Invitational Meet:  Take route 17/86 west to the Owego exit 64 toward Route 96/Owego/Ithaca.  At the end of the ramp turn left onto Halstead Ave..  Bear right onto Route 434/Southside Dr.  Continue to follow Southside Dr. which becomes Sulphur Springs Rd.  Turn slight left onto Waits Rd.  Pheasant Hill C.C. is on the left (2771 Waits Rd.) a mile or so up the road. 

 Any questions, call me at 648-9805 or email at brooksl@cforks.org.  Thanks, Mr. B      

 PS  We will be in Norwich on Tuesday for a Crossover (a mixture of STAC East and Central Division teams) Meet at Gibson Elementary

Sep 17, 2014 - McDaniel/Baxter Invitational

Since a lot of our athletes were ailing and sat out the meet and a couple more had mishaps during their races, we had fewer highlights than usual.  The highest highlight was provided by Mary Kumpon in the girls JV race.  After the field made a wrong turn shortly after the start they were caught by the meet director and turned around so that they were now back on course.  This cost her a tenth of a mile or so but undeterred, she raced back to the front of the pack and possibly because she needed to be in Vestal by 11:00 AM, ran hard over the entire brutal course.  Nothing was more stirring than her sprint to the finish line though as she caught one girl and nearly another to finish fourth overall. 

Zoe Nestoryak and Lindsey Szalach both ran great first ever races to finish in the top 20 of the girls Modified division.  Declan Houlihan and Matt Conklin did likewise in the boys Modified race.  In the Girls Rookie race, Sarah Knox and Janey Creson both finished in the top 10 and Jensen O'Hern also logged a top 20 finish.  Alex McRoberts and James Wachter were top 20 finishers for the boys rookies.  Mike George and Hannah Conrad led our varsity team's efforts.     

Sep 12, 2014 - Oneonta Dave "Flash" Forbes Invitational

The Long Blue Line travelled up Route 88 for the season-opening Oneonta Invite.  The JV Girls won their division and the JV Boys were 2nd in their race.  The Varsity Boys finished third, losing to ME, one of the top Class B teams in New York State and Saquoit Valley from Section III. 

The JV Girls were led by newcomer Mary Kumpon who finished third overall and ran the third fastest time by any Forks female on the day.  Sarah Knox flashed her potential by finishing 5th and Janey Creson, Makenzie O'Brien and Sarah Juran ran well to round out the girl's scoring places.

The Boys JV were led by overall winner (quite easily I might add) Nick Dimatos, the first win of his career.  He was followed in 6th place by Jacob Pierson, who is having a breakout season thus far.  Behind him and rounding out the scoring were Liam Walsh, freshman Brennan Goetz and Ethan Knox.  A tough ME squad was all that kept the team from a win in that division.

The Boys Varsity were led by the strong run of Mike George in 9th place overall and solid support from Isaac Pixley, Chris Roberts, Kyle Matson and Aidan Houlihan, who beat his brother for the first time ever to help secure a victory over the state's 9th ranked Oneonta team.  The Yellowjackets finished without their number 2 runner however who dropped out of the race at the 1 mile mark.  Still, it shows that we are definitely in the hunt for a sectional title.

The Varsity Girls were led by Katie Flynn's solid 6th place finish, only the 3rd sub-20 minute time ever run by a Forks girl on this course.  Kelly Saroka also won a T-shirt for breaking into the top 20.  Hannah Conrad, Kelly Parmeter and Carley Church rounded out the scoring.  

Overall, a very encouraging start to the season!  On to the McDaniel-Baxter Invitational at CVHS next Saturday.     

Aug 18, 2014 - And Away We Go.....

The 2014 edition of The Long Blue Line kicked off the season with a spirited 2 1/2 hour practice.  We had 40 bodies but were missing more than a dozen others (family vacations, etc.).  Practice will continue tomorrow as normal, weather permitting.  We will practice indoors if the weather dictates but only for 90 minutes or so if that turns out to be the case. 

Reminder:  We will practice at CV State Park on Thursday at the usual 8:30 AM time.  Meet at Pine Plains Picnic Area.

Also:  We will be conducting a Car Wash Fundraiser on Saturday, the 23rd from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM at Advanced Auto on Front St.  See you there!

Aug 13, 2014 - 2014 Season Set To Take Off

The latest edition of The Long Blue Line will begin official practice on August 18th, at 8:30 AM.  You must have an updated physical to begin!  A couple of quick changes to the schedule I sent out late last month -> The Car Wash originally scheduled for the 16th has been postponed to the 23rd.  It will run from 11:00 AM until 3:00 PM.  Anyone running the Chris Thater Memorial 5k Race can take an early shift then go home to get rested and ready.  We will not practice on this date.  Also, note that we will be returning to CV State Park for practices on the 21st, 26th 28th and 30th.  These practices begin at 8:30 AM and end at 11:00 AM and will be centered at the Pine Plains picnic area.  Let's Go!

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Upcoming GamesOwego Invitational
Saturday, Sep 20th
Pheasant Hill CC, Owego