September 27, 2012
Tie-breaker lifts CHS past Homer
Auchmoody leads Trojan girls to victory
The final result couldn’t have been any closer.
The boys’ cross country teams from host Cortland High and visiting Homer Central finished deadlocked at 28-28 in their OHSL Freedom Division contest Wednesday afternoon. The final outcome would favor CHS runners because John Ruquet — the Purple Tigers’ sixth man — crossed the line in 21:01 ahead of the Trojans’ sixth runner.
That tie-breaker procedure enabled Cortland to improve its dual meet record to1-1 this season.
Homer found consolation in winning the girls’ race, the Trojans grabbing five of the top six places in an easy 19-37 win over Cortland. Homer’s Jade Auchmoody led the way with a first place showing, leading the field of runners by over a minute and a half.
Cortland Boys 28, Homer 28: The hosts’ Chris Wescott won the race in 18:41, and the Purple Tigers’ other scorers were Zach Forrester fourth in 20:07, Bradley Sherman sixth in 20:46, Austin Perelka eighth in 20:55 and Frank Davenport, ninth in 21:01.
Luke Tesoriero led the Trojans (0-2) across the line, finishing second in 19:08, while Freideric Handelmann was third in 19:53, Evan Ulrich fifth in 20:46, Kory Platt seventh in 20:54 and Joe Setteneri 11th in 21:24.
“Chris ran a terrific race,” CHS coach Ron Reed of race winner Wescott. “After his performance at Baldwinsville, he has become even more focused on his training. His knowledge of the sport is deepening and it shows in his races. Seniors Zach Forrester and Frank Davenport combined with our three sophomores — Bradley Sherman, Austin Perelka and John Ruquet — which made the difference between a home win or loss for us.
“The 3.1 miles is tough and we definitely have a home-course advantage when it comes to running the hill. It was a good day for both teams,” Reed added.
“Today was a lot of fun for both teams,” Trojans coach Jim Baldwin said. “The two of them are so evenly matched. It was terrific to watch them race head to head. I told our boys that whoever came to race would win, and the Cortland boys did a great job on their home course. Coach Reed did a great job getting his team ready.
“It is not often that a race is decided by the fifth- or sixth-place runner, but that was the case today. Despite the loss, everyone had a great time and put forth their best effort.”
Homer Girls 19, Cortland 37: The Trojans’ Auchmoody was the individual winner in 20:45, with Nikea Ulrich third in 22:43, McKayla Crawford fourth in 23:44, Erica Stevens fifth in 25:43 and Grace Gugerty sixth in 25:50.
Cortland’s Kendall McGee broke up the front-runner homer pack by taking second in 22:23. Jackie Hoch was seventh for the Purple Tigers (0-2) in 26:37, Gabi Toussaint eighth in 28:03, Samantha Travis ninth in 28:37 and Kelli Bell 11th in 30:13.
“What a great afternoon for a meet between Homer and Cortland.,” said Baldwin, whose team evened its record at 1-1 with the win. “Jade Auchmoody ran really well today and her stride looks stronger and stronger each week. Nikea Ulrich did a terrific job and is having a great senior year.”
“Kendall McGee and Jackie Hoch continue to lead our girls team,” Reed said. “The positive attitude and work ethic they have is admirable. We look for them to continue to improve as the season progresses.”
All four teams are back in action in 4:30 p.m. starts this Wednesday. The Cortland squads will travel to Jamesville-DeWitt, while Homer’s teams will host Mexico at Lime Hollow.
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