October 8, 2008


CHS boys grab pair of victories


Bob Ellis/staff photographer
Cortland High’s Justin Gogan leads a pack of runners uphill during Tuesday’s OHSL Freedom Division cross country meet. Grogan won the race in 18:52 as the Purple Tigers beat both Phoenix and Fowler.

The Cortland High boys’ and girls’ cross country teams made the most of their final home action Tuesday.
After opening the dual-meet season with five losses, the Purple Tiger boys closed out the OHSL Freedom Division portion of their slate with wins over visiting Phoenix and Fowler by identical 17-44 scores.
The CHS girls, meanwhile, also finished 2-5 after beating Fowler 27-28 and losing to Phoenix 23-32.
Cortland boys swept the top three places en route to the double victory. Justin Gogan won the race in 18:52, with Mike O’Donnell second in 19:43 and Tyler Pierson third in 19:47. Mark Vidulich took fifth in 20:27 and Jordan Gillespie was eighth in 20:43 to round out the hosts’ scoring, with a pack time of 1:51.
“The guys are packing up better and I’d like to see it come down to a minute in time for sectionals,” Cortland coach Bob Vidulich said. “Jason DeGouff (knee injury) is still out, but could be back and be a factor. It was good to win twice, and the guys had to work for it. Justin improves each time he goes out, though because of the difficulty of our course his time wasn’t better than some of his previous ones. Mike is coming on, and Tyler is hanging in there.”
In the girls’ race, Georgiana Perelka led the five-person Cortland team to victory, finishing fourth in 22:26. Jennifer Merckel was seventh in 23:08, Anna Bitterbaum ninth in 23:31, aria Brown 11th in 24:04 and Rozalyn Hesse 13th in 25:33.
“I knew we’d have a difficult time with Phoenix, which is a tough team,” Bob Vidulich said. “All of the girls ran well to get the win over Fowler.
“It was nice for the seniors to finish that way in their last home meet ever. Not everyone can handle the tasks that cross country demands.”
Gogan, O’Donnell, Gillespie and Seth Nelson are Cortland’s senior boys; the senior girls are Perelka, Bitterbaum and Hesse.
Both Cortland squads will compete in the Onondaga Central Invitational on Saturday.