October 14, 2009


Marathon’s Jewiss cream of crop in Division II race


Bob Ellis/staff photographer
Robert Dunham of Groton leads a pack of runners near the halfway mark of Tuesday’s IAC Division II race at Stonehedges Golf Course. Dunham finished fourth for the Indians.

GROTON — Between intermittent rain showers and chillier than normal temperatures, the cream rose to the top in the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Division II Cross Country Championships Tuesday.
Marathon freshman Elizabeth Jewiss continued her improving domination in the varsity girls’ race while Lansing swept to the varsity boys’ and girls’ team titles at Stonehedges Golf Course.
“It turned out to be a good day for running,” Groton coach Scott Weeks said of the meet on his home course. “It was not so great for the spectators.”
Jewiss, who placed in the top five in the IAC overall championships and Section 4 Class D Championship to earn a trip to the New York State Championships as an eighth-grader, beat Lansing senior standout Chloe Ryan by nearly four seconds. Jewiss covered the Stonehedges layout in 20:32.8 with Ryan finishing in 20:36.6.
Trumansburg sophomore Brianna Vansoest (20:47.4) claimed third-place honors with Lansing sophomore Shanna Swanson (21:07) and junior teammate Kathryn Shaw (21:24.6) placing fourth and fifth respectively. The strength of those three runners carried Lansing to the team title, 25-30, over Trumansburg. Both Marathon and Groton had incomplete teams.
Olympians seniors Leah Thon and Tess Fahey placed 20th and 21st overall with junior Heather Lewis the fourth, and final, Marathon competitor. Lewis placed 29th.
Marissa Noe was the top Groton runner. The sophomore placed 10th with a time of 22:59.8, more than one minute and one half faster than 2008.
Junior Ashley Martin took 17th-place for Groton with freshman Allison Cronk 19th and junior Naomi Pierce 28th.
— In the varsity boys’ race, Lansing seniors Jon Cleveland and Josh Barber led a Bobcat 1-2 sweep at the finish line. Cleveland just missed breaking 17 minutes (17:00.3) while Barber was clocked in 17:22.8. The Bobcats took the team title 26-41 over Trumansburg. Groton was third with 72 points and Southern Springs (92) fourth. Groton was incomplete.
Trumansburg junior Cody Scott ran to a third-place finish in 17:47.3 with Groton sophomore Robert Dunham fourth (18:12.9) and Trumansburg junior Josiah Boggs fifth (18:23.9).
Other Groton runners included junior Gage Bush (11th), senior Robert Stoughton (18th), senior Andrew Robinson (23rd), freshman Jason Adams (43rd) and senior Malcolm Crutchfield (45th).
“Dunham was the youngest runner in the top five of the boys race,” weeks reported. He improved his time by over 40 seconds while Bush improved by over a minute as compared to our other home meet earlier in the season.”
Marathon sophomore John Larkin did post a top-10 finish. Larkin crossed the finish line in 18:36.6 for ninth place.
Also competing for the Olympians were junior Daniel Hurlbert who placed 40th with a time of 26:24.7.