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Stogsdill, Buehler lead ESG gold rush

Records fell everywhere on the track during the 31st edition of the Empire State Games. And while Chris Stogsdill didn't join in that parade, his own feat might have been just as impressive.

In a span of less than five hours, Stogsdill, entering his senior year at Marcellus, won two gold medals in scholastic men's distance events, repeating one crown after seizing another in ideal running conditions at SUNY-Binghamton.

Stogsdill entered the ESG as the defending champion in the 1,500-meter run after winning that title in 2007 in Westchester County. This time around, he added the 5,000-meter run to his agenda, even though both races would be run on the same day.

No problem, though. In the 5,000, run early on Saturday morning, Stogsdill gradually got away from Western's Dan Serianni in the latter stages and won in a time of 15 minutes, 25.68 seconds, beating Serianni by 2.81 seconds.

Then came the 1,500, run in midday heat. Stogsdill hung back in second place until, with 500 meters to go, he ran into the lead and stayed there, fending off a late charge from Hudson Valley's Chris Carrington. Stogsdill won in 4:04.85, with Carrington second in 4:05.46.l

As this was going on, Stogsdill's Marcellus teammate, made the finals in both the scholastic 200 and 100-meter sprints. Quercia was fourth in the 200 (22.44 seconds), sixth in the 100 (11.29 seconds) and helped Central's 4x400 relay team finish fourth in 3:31.54.

Elsewhere, Skaneateles ice hockey star Keith Buehler played a vital role as Central's scholastic men's team won the gold medal with a perfect mark of 5-0 at Broome County Community College's rink.

Buehler started out with a goal and assist in a 4-2 win over Long Island, then did the same in a 4-0 shutout of Adirodnack before landing the winning goal with 11:17 left in the third period of a 2-1 decision over Hudson Valley.

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