December 13, 2013
Local trio earns first-team honors
With her win in the OHSL Freedom Division Cross Country Championships back on Oct. 16, Homer Central senior Jade Auchmoody earned herself first team all-star honors.
Auchmoody, who had a winning time of 18:56.8, was joined by sophomore teammate McKayla Crawford and Cortland High freshman Hayley Tasselmyer as first-teamers. Crawford placed fifth (19:43.9) and Tasselmyer was sixth (19:43.9) as the top eight runners earned first team honors.
The local trio was joined by Chittenango junior Anna Galbraith (second), Jamesville-DeWitt junior Emilee Carpenter (third), East Syracuse-Minoa senior Gabby Pallotta (fourth), Jamesville-DeWitt senior Laura Wengert (seventh) and East Syracuse-Minoa junior Cindy Brownson (eighth) on the first team.
Cortland junior Kendall McGee (20:27.4) and Homer freshman Arielle Moheimani (20:40.3) led the Freedom Division Girls Second Team All-Stars with their ninth and 10th finishes respectively.
Rounding out the second team girls were J-D junior Samantha Jaffe (11th), ES-M senior Bridget Benz (12th), J-D freshman Emily Pomeroy (13th), J-D freshman Alexandra Street (14th), Chittenango sophomore Hayley Foran and ES-M senior Maria Miner (16th).
OHSL Freedom Division Cross Country saw no local boys make the first or second team all-star squads.
Finishing first through eighth (in order) to earn first team honors were ES-M senior Jesse Perrone, Mexico junior Jacob Zedack, J-D freshman Patrick Dye, J-D senior Isaac Tupper, Fulton junior Bailey Lutz, Mexico senior Eric Hulbert, ES-M senior Joe Coogan and Chittenango sophomore Robbie Howard.
Earning Freedom Division Second Team All-Star status (ninth-16th) were ES-M senior Jake Barker, Chittenango junior Isaac Czarnecki, Mexico senior Ben Harper, ES-M freshman Jared Henry, J-D junior Matt Murad, ES-M junior Kyle Willey, J-D senior Nick Street and Fulton senior Jimmy Martin.
Homer coach Jim Baldwin comments on Auchmoody and Crawford.
Baldwin on Auchmoody: “Jade is a gifted and naturally talented athlete, who is still discovering her natural ability and potential. I think she had a great season this year in league competition and I believe if you asked any one of the seven coaches who comprise the OHSL Freedom Division schools they would agree Jade is the number one or two athlete in the league. She worked really hard all season. She finished first in four of five league meet races and finished third in the double dual race against J-D and Cortland. It could be argued that she maybe peaked a little early, but no one can take away her all out gutsy performance at sectionals or her victory at the OHSL Freedom Division Championship. It has been my honor and privilege to see her improve and progress as a scholar athlete, her graduation will be difficult to replace. However, her work ethic and determination will inspire a new generation of Homer runners in the years to come after she begins the next stage of her life.”
Baldwin on Crawford: “McKayla worked extremely hard and demonstrated a lot of patience. She pushed herself and acted as a leader all season, trying to bring the other members of the girls’ team to a higher level of achievement. Her performance and dedication was rewarding to witness this season. The coaching staff hopes that her commitment to leadership will continue to grow during her junior and senior years. She was an obvious choice as our MIP, her hard work was also recognized in earning First Team All League too.”
Cortland High coach Matt Dearie on Tasselmyer: “Hayley performs better on flatter courses. She hasn’t learned to love hilly courses yet, so we had a concern. Also this year, many of the top individuals in our section are also the top individuals in our league, so the league race was just about as difficult up front as the section championship race. She went out aggressively and put herself right up towards the front of the race. Perhaps she went out too aggressively, but she held on and finished first team all-league. This race was a struggle for her, but the result was a real positive one. She ran with most of the top girls in the section to earn her first all-league honor. It is amazing that she has had so much success at such a young age (age-wise she could still be an 8th grader), and it is exciting to think about what she can accomplish in the next four years.”
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