October 20, 2011
Race winner Auchmoody paces Homer to victories
Bob Ellis/staff photographer
Homer Central’s Jade Auchmoody (left) and Abbey Gray lead the pack into the woods Wednesday at Lime Hollow Nature Center. Auchmoody won the race by 34 seconds.
With Jade Auchmoody leading the way, while teammate Abbey Gray grabbed a fourth place, Homer Central girls picked up a pair of OHSL Liberty Division cross country victories on their Lime Hollow Nature Center home course Wednesday.
Auchmoody posted a winning time of 19:40 on her home course — a comfortable 34 seconds ahead of runner-up Megan Ann Pierce from Syracuse CBA — as the Trojans posted a pair of 15-51 victories over CBA and Solvay squads who ran incomplete. Gray finished fourth in 20:29 as the Trojans picked up their first wins after an 0-6 dual meet start to this season.
Syracuse CBA had a full team of five, but two girls dropped out during the race.
Brendan Smith from Syracuse CBA set a new Lime Hollow course record — despite slightly muddy conditions — as he easily raced off with the boys’ varsity race in rapid 16:49 fashion. Ryan Demers of Mexico (2009) and Josiah Durfee from Chittenango (2010) had shared the previous record time of 16:56.
Homer boys finished up 1-7 in duals meets as The Brothers nipped the Trojans 28-29 while Solvay was an easier 19-42 winner over the hosts. Solvay also defeated CBA 26-33.
While Auchmoody and Gray led Homer girls, Nikea Ulrich also cracked The Top 10 with a steady sixth place showing in 22:18.
“All the girls ran well this afternoon,” Homer coach Jim Baldwin said. “Jade was in third place after the first half of the course was complete. She must have really turned it on during the second loop as she won by more the 30 seconds.”
Tim Walsh was the only Trojan runner to place in the Top 10 in the boys’ race, finishing fourth with a time of 17:44. Solvay was the dominant team with six runners in the Top 10.
Luke Tesoriero, Evan Alexander and Freideric Handelmann finished 12th, 13th and 14th respectively, to finish off the scoring for the Trojans.
Homer will return to action next Wednesday. The Trojans will travel to Cazenovia for the Liberty Division Championhiops starting at 4:30 p.m.
Clark Top CHS Runner
At Freedom Division Meet
EAST SYRACUSE — Senior Alex Clark finished 22nd in 19:28 as the standout performer for the Cortland High boys’ and girls’ cross country teams at Wednesday afternoon’s OHSL Freedom Division Meet at East Syracuse-Minoa.
The Purple Tiger boys’ team finished sixth among the seven teams involved, while the CHS girls took seventh. “It was a very muddy course, probably true for most places in Central NY yesterday. Jackie Hoch and Danielle Gallagher continued to lead the girls team. Alex and (junior) Zach Forrester were the top two runners for the boys,” Cortland coach Ron Reed said, Forrester 30th in 20:11. “Alec Edwards had a good day on the course, finishing third for us just behind Zach (32nd in 20:16). We needed to have a higher finish from our fifth runner in order to narrow the gap between us and (sixth-place) Chittenango.
“Jackie Hoch and Danielle Gallagher continued to lead the girls team.” Hoch, a freshman, was 35th in 25:34 and Gallagher 45th in 27:29.
ES-M won both team championships. The individual winners were the Spartans’ Mike Coogan in the boys race (17:09) and Rachel Fairbanks from Jamesville-DeWitt (20:24) in the girls’ race.
Both Cortland squads will next compete in the Class B sectionals Nov. 5 at Jamesville Beach State Park.
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