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2017-09-13 / Sports

Sweet Home girls cross-country squad loaded with depth

Boys team gains state qualifier
by PATRICK J. NAGY Reporter

Sweet Home’s girls cross-country team had a successful 2016 season, winning the ECIC Division II regular season title and the Section VI Class B-1 championship for the fifth straight year.

Despite graduating one of the school’s all-time great distance runners in Sam Peterman, the team still has a ton of depth, which makes coach Brian Lombardo not depart from the same type of goals for this season.

Lombardo said the starting lineup is in flux, although senior captains Corrine Brath, Angie Parrizzi and Lily Hayes, junior McKayla Kasperek and sophomore Jessica Carter have all started in the team’s first two invitationals.

All except Carter ran at sectionals last year and Carter probably would have, had she not been injured.

Kasperek was one place out of qualifying for the state meet, taking fourth in B-1 and 14th overall at sectionals.

Other athletes expected to contribute include sophomore Sarah Mehani, freshmen Danuta Kurtyko and Kyanna Benjamin, and eighth-graders Bella and Eva Campolo.

“We are going to be 12 to 14 runners deep to see who is going to step into the starting spots,” Lombardo said.

The girls team placed third at the Highlander Twilight Sept. 1 at Houghton College and ran incomplete at Saturday’s Red Dragon Invitational at Bemus Point Golf Course.

Hayes led the team at the Highlander Twilight with a ninth-place finish and was 12th at the Red Dragon Invite in a personal best 20 minutes, 31 seconds.

Kasperek was 12th in 16:11 and Brath was 16th in 16:36 at the Red Dragon Invite.

Sweet Home boys

The boys team graduated a state qualifier in Chris Nowak but gained another when junior Ray Sambrotto transferred into the district from West Seneca East.

Sambrotto took ninth at the state meet as a sophomore. He placed fourth at the Highlander Twilight in 12:49 and third at the Red Dragon Invite in 16:23.

The team captains are seniors Colin Gerlach and Sam Schultz. Schultz finished one place out of qualifying for the state meet as a junior.

Sophomore Ean Pokorski ran a personal-best time of 17:59 for 42nd place at the Red Dragon Invite.

Also expecting to contribute for the boys team are: senior Jacob Carter; juniors Jake Weissenburg, Zach Poydock and Bruce Dickinson; sophomores Blake Smith and Jared Kapusczak; and freshman Joe Wawrzyniak. Weissenburg, Poydock and Carter ran at sectionals last year.

Sweet Home competes in the Wayne Eagle Invitational Saturday at Wayne High School. Wayne is the site of the state meet.

Their first league meet is at home against West Seneca East Sept. 19.

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