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2018-10-10 / Sports

Amherst boys, North girls win Town of Amherst Championships


Amherst’s Morgan Halt won the girls race at the Town of Amherst Championships Friday at Bassett Park in 19 minutes, 52 seconds. 
Photo by Kathleen KramerPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Amherst’s Morgan Halt won the girls race at the Town of Amherst Championships Friday at Bassett Park in 19 minutes, 52 seconds. Photo by Kathleen KramerPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com The Amherst boys and Williamsville North girls cross-country teams were big winners at Friday’s Town of Amherst Championships at Bassett Park.

The Amherst boys finished first, second, seventh, eighth and 10th on the way to scoring 28 points, while the North girls took third, fourth, fifth, seventh and ninth, and recorded 28 points.

Williamsville East (42), Williamsville North (68) and Williamsville South (87) took second through fourth in scoring in the boys race.

Sacred Heart (58), Amherst (59), Williamsville East (112) and Williamsville South (133) took second through fifth in team scoring in the girls race.

Jack Lenz of Amherst won the boys race in 16 minutes, 41 seconds.

Teammate Ely Personius was a second behind, taking second in 16:42.


Williamsville East’s Jack Stefaniak placed third in the boys race in 16 minutes, 56 seconds at the Town of Amherst Championships Friday at Bassett Park. 
Photo by Kathleen KramerPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Williamsville East’s Jack Stefaniak placed third in the boys race in 16 minutes, 56 seconds at the Town of Amherst Championships Friday at Bassett Park. Photo by Kathleen KramerPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com “Jack Lenz and Ely Personius controlled the race from beginning to the end,” Amherst coach Jenny Koeppel said. “At the beginning, there was a pack of six racing for the lead, but every mile Jack and Ely worked together to put more and more distance between them and the rest of the field. At the last turn of the race, it was a two-man race between teammates, but Jack had the extra burst of energy with 200 meters to go and take home the title.”

Alex Kang (18:14), Alex Klee (18:15) and Max Whitton (18:20) took seventh, eighth and 10th.

Josh Wolski (17th, 19:07) and Aidan Carbrey (19th, 19:24) were Amherst’s sixth and seventh runners.

“Alex Kang, Alex Klee, Max Whitton, Josh Wolski and Aidan Carbery also had extremely strong races,” Koeppel said. “Placing seven men in the top 20 was more than enough to clinch the title.”

The North girls’ top six runners finished in the top 10 places. Ariya Roberts took third in 19:56. Olivia Moran was fourth in 19:57, Marcy Colca came in fifth in 20:02, Devon Laszewski was seventh in 20:20, Rachel Truskinovsky finished ninth in 20:43 and Brier Amerlinck came in 10th in 20:45.

Leah Horton filled out North’s top seven, taking 21st.

Amherst girls

Morgan Halt won the girls race in 19:52.

“Morgan Halt ran a strong and smart race,” Koeppel said. “There was a pack of five girls around the final turn. When Morgan saw the finish line, she dug deep, put in a last surge, and started to pull away from the pack. She continued to accelerate all the way to the finish line as the champion.”

Sophia Roy came in sixth in 20:16. Alana Reynolds (15th, 21:15); Kayleigh Aquino (18th, 22:16), Paige Stelley (19th, 22:28) Emma Stelley (21st, 22:45) and Haylee Agostino (22nd, 22:58) round out the Lady Tigers’ top seven.

Williamsville East

Jack Stefaniak led the East boys team with a third-place finish in 16:56. Owen Lewis was fourth in 17:09 and Allen Gelford came in fifth in 17:26. Nickolas Lazarov (14th, 18:40) and Benjamin Terhaar (16th, 18:51) completed the Flames’ scoring.

Marisa Swiatek was the girls’ team’s top finishers, taking second overall in 19:55. Jillian Myers (24th, 23:35); Arianna Kramer (25th, 23:36); Jennie An and Juliana Sweeney, both came in 26:43, completed the team effort.

Williamsville North boys

Dillon McClarry led the North boys with a sixth-place finish in 17:45. Nathan Szatkowski (ninth, 18:19); David Gregoire (15th, 18:44); Elijah Vitorino (18th, 19:19); Colin Maddigan (20th, 19:32); John Mahoney (21st, 19:37) and Aidan Maddigan (22nd, 19:49) rounded out the Spartans’ top seven.

Williamsville South

Will Carmen (11th, 18:31); Wiley Moslow (12th, 18:36) and Bryan Robertson (13th, 18:37) led the South boys team.

Madison Murray (23rd, 22:59); Rugayyah Basrai (26th, 23:48); Lilly Usen (27th, 24:59); Kristian Baker (28th, 26:11) and Haley Domin (29th, 26:18) led the South girls.

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