Aug. 28—ATTICA — The St. Paul High School boys cross country team continues to look the part in the early going of the 2022 season.
Ranked No. 5 in the Division III state coaches poll, the Flyers had no trouble winning the 21-team field on Saturday at the Seneca East Tiger Classic.
The Flyers totaled 71 points in placing four runners among the top 25, and five among the first 27 finishers. That was well ahead of runners-up Black River (99).
Ian Deeter was the overall race winner for the Flyers. He crossed the line in 16:41.7, which was the best among 236 runners.
Isaac Thimke was 11th for St. Paul in 17:32.4. Rounding out the top seven for the Flyers included Nick Centa (17:47.9) in 14th, David Forrest (18:07.2) in 24th, Owen Thimke (18:10.2) in 27th, Jack Dvorak in 30th (18:18.6) and Seth Ridge (18:49.6) in 44th.
New London placed ninth with 207 points. Jalen Randelman was fifth overall for the Wildcats in 16:52.8. Wyatt Harrison finished in 34th in 18:25.9. He was followed by Pressly Ferguson (19:29.6) in 44th; Mason Cowie (19:36.10) in 67th; Elliot Stroup (19:51.3) in 74th; Aiden Ruggles (19:52.10) in 76th; and Shane Speicher (20:17.3) in 87th.
Ian Patchen placed 75th for Monroeville in 19:51.4. Julian Bastardo (151st, 22:08.3), Gabe Howell (156th, 22:13.8), Jimmy Clingman (167th, 22:30.5), Matthew Hammersmith (219th, 26:43.9) and Trask Ott (226th, 28:12) rounded out the field for the Eagles.
Andrew Miller in 119th (20:54.4) paced Plymouth, while Gabe Hamann (22:22.7) was 163rd.
Landis finishes first
Fresh off a state qualifying season, New London's Reese Landis took the top spot in 18:13.9 out of 167 runners in the Div. III girls race.
Her finished helped the Wildcats place third with 115 points among 16 teams.
Next for New London was Alyssa Henry (21:41) in 16th, followed by Valery Henry (22:14.5) in 23rd; Clara Good (22:18.9) in 25th; Madison Smith (24:21.5) in 67th; Olivia Better (24:28.8) in 70th; and Emma McCully (25:34.5) in 93rd.
St. Paul was 10th among the 16 teams.
Adele Dowdell was the top finisher for the Flyers in 22:20.6 in 26th place. Also for St. Paul, Scarlett Ross (23:46.5) was 57th; Isabel Gross (24:09.3) was 63rd; Sydney Endsley (24:14.7) in 65th; Charlotte Hosack (25:13.7) was 87th; Megan Lesch (25:41.9) was 96th; and Jadyn Smith (25:46.2) was 98th.
Monroeville's Avery Rosser was 117th in 26:54.5. She was followed by Anita Ruggles (27:41, 126th); Alaina Bastardo (30:41.2, 149th); and Anessa Ruggles (31:50.2, 154th).