Stogsdill denied state title by razor-thin margin

As he tore down the stretch Saturday at Norwood-Norfolk High School, Marcellus boys cross country runner Chris Stogsdill was determined to bring a state championship home.

When he reached the line, Stogsdill had beaten everyone -- except Honeoye Falls-Lima sophomore Alex Deir, as the two dueled all the way through the Class B race at the state meet held near Massena in cold, clear conditions.

Stogsdill and Deir slowly separated themselves from East Aurora's Scott Anderson and Westhill's Andrew Corcoran as the 3.1-mile race wore on, and they raced each other through the last meters, too.

Deir would finish first in 16 minutes, 5.5 seconds. Stogsdill was right behind, in 16:06.2. Thus, by seven-tenths of a second, Stogsdill was denied the top spot. Among all the runners in the five state championship races, Stogsdill posted the 19th-best time of the day.

Meanwhile, in the girls state Class B race, Marcellus seniors Carrie Carlton and Ariel Briggs both had strong efforts and finished together.

Carlton ran to 17th place, in a clocking of 19:28.0, as Briggs earned 18th place in 19:30.1, just 2.1 seconds behind. Catherine Lusardi (East Aurora) earned the individual title in 18:27.8. Carlton was just inside the top 100 of all the runners on this day, Briggs just outside it.

Each of Westhill's teams represented Section III and had solid showings in the respective Class B meets.

With Andrew Corcoran in major contention for the individual title, the boys Warriors finished sixth among 11 Class B teams, right in the middle of the pack with 152 points. Shoreham-Wading River (55 points) held off East Aurora (76 points) for the team crown.

Corcoran wasn't far from the individual duel at the front between Stogsdill and Deir. Running strong in the cold conditions, Corcoran claimed fourth place in 16 minutes, 21.3 seconds, a mere 16.8 seconds off Deir's winning mark.

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