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Section IV State Qualifier

Nov. 3, 2017

On a morning that was considerably wetter than it was forecast to be but by race time was just plain muggy and warmer than usual for this time of year, our Long Blue Liners ran their hearts out, and I for one, couldn't have been prouder of them for that!    Our previously state ranked girls were the first to toe the line with hopes of outrunning the girls from Newark Valley and Waverly and earn a trip to the state championships.  Unfortunately that didn't come to fruition as they finished a close third in that three team fight.  Katie Flynn finished 2nd overall to qualify for her third straight NYSPHSAA Championships!  Shyanne Lawton and Sarah Knox followed in 9th and 10th places respectively.  Shy's second straight top ten finish in this meet qualified her for induction into the Chenango Forks Hall Of Fame!  Lindsey Szalach, Zoe Nestoryak and Loretta Wachter all ran personal bests for this course and the latter two ran all time 5k PR's (23:08, 23:14 and 23:59 respectively).  

The boys finished 4th despite running as well as could have been expected.  Dylan Templeton led the way running 18:31 on the tough sectional course.  Allen Lawton followed just 6 seconds later in his first ever Section IV Championship race.  Matt Conklin recaptured some of the magic he showed last season finishing in 18:49, a solid top three, all of whom had speed ratings over 130.  Dante Hovancik continued his ascendency in Section IV with a very heady PR run of 19:11, over 2 minutes faster than his PR from last year.  Daniel Flynn rounded out our scoring with a PR 19:39.  All five of these guys will be back next year, as will Zach Szigeti and Declan Houlihan, our 6th and 7th runners.  With continued improvement, a Section IV Championship is certainly not out of the question.     




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