October 3, 2013
Homer girls sweep up, Tasselmyer leads CHS
Bob Ellis/staff photographer
Jade Auchmoody leads teammates (left to right) Grace Gugerty, Arielle Moheimani and McKayla Crawford into the woods at Lime Hollow Nature Center in Wednesday’s cross country meet against Fulton.
Things did not go completely as planned when Homer Central hosted its first OHSL Freedom Division cross country meet on an ideal Wednesday afternoon.
Fulton was a late arrival at the Lime Hallow Nature Center where the Trojans conduct their home races, and in a bid to create a full 5K course an addition on the Art Trail section at Lime Hollow actually made the course 3.15 miles.
That did not stop Homer girls from dominating, grabbing the top five places behind race winner Jade Auchmoody to beat the Red Raiders 15-44. The Trojans improve to 3-2 on the season.
In the boys’ race, Fulton had four of the top six finishers to keep the Trojans looking for their first win of the season — the visitors prevailing 21-37.
Both Cortland High teams, meanwhile, lost at East Syracuse-Minoa, the girls by a score of 23-36 and the boys by 16-42. Both Purple Tiger squads are now 1-4 in the OHSL Freedom Division.
— At Lime Hollow, Homer’s Auchmoody cruised the course in 20:53, with teammate McKayla Crawford a ways back in second place timed in 22:01. Ariella Moheimani ran third, Eric Stevens fourth and Grace Gugerty fifth to complete the Homer sweep.
“It has been a very long time since Homer has gone 1-5, but they saved a terrific effort for their home course,” said Trojans’ coach Jim Baldwin.
“Everyone ran extremely well. Jade Auchmoody got out to a great start and did not look back the entire race. McKayla Crawford looked really strong throughout the race.”
Coach Baldwin also noted the consistent improvement by Moheimani, and felt Kennedy George in eighth place and Mary Keefe in 11th are also beginning to hit their stride.
Fulton’s Amanda Rice was sixth and Victoria Eckhard seventh after Homer’s sweep of the top five spots.
Fulton’s Jim Martin won the boys’ race, his 19:20 time a tick ahead of teammate Bailey Hartz. The Trojans (0-5) had four runners in the Top 10, led by third place runner Frederic Handelmann. Evan Ulrich finished fifth, Korey Platt seventh and Joe Settineri 10th for the Trojans.
“Despite the boys’ loss this afternoon I could not have been prouded of their efforts. Several runners ran an excellent race,” said Baldwin, feeling Handelmann and Platt had their best races of the season.
“Evan Ulruch ran well and continues to improve, and Kory Platt has always had amazing potential and today he showed it by taking our number three spot,” added Baldwin. “Joe Settneri said he was ready to run today and did a nice job.”
Next Wednesday, Homer returns to Lime Hollow to face Chittenango to close out the dual meet season. The course could be different for that meet.
“We added the Art Trail section to the course, but that made the course 3.15 (miles) or so,” explained Baldwin. “We need to make a decision to leave it or go back to the original length. There is a way to cut part of the Art Trial off, which might do the trick to make it exactly 5K.”
— At ES-M, Cortland’s Hayley Tasselmyer won the girls’ race in 20:40, with Kendall McGree fourth in 21:33 and Gianna Marks eighth in 24:21. Runner-up Gabby Pallotta (20:48) and third-place finisher Juliette Miller (21:11) led the Spartans.
“Hayley ran a great race and Kendall is coming back into form from an injury,” CHS coach Matt Dearie said.
Chris Wescott led the Purple Tigers across the line at ES-M, finishing fifth in 18:28. John Ruquet was seventh in 19:01, Noah Watkins ninth in 19:53 and Bradlee Sherman 10th in 19:53. The hosts’ Jared Henry won in 18:22, one second ahead of teammte Joe Coogan. The Spartans’ four top runners finished within four seconds of each other.
“Chris had a nice race, and John took a big step forward,” Dearie said. “He’s been working hard in practice, and it paid off in this race.”
Both Cortland teams will compete in the Tully Invitational Saturday.
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