Right in its own backyard, the Jamesville-DeWitt boys cross country team fought its way to the Section III Class A championship over OHSL Freedom division rival East Syracuse-Minoa last Friday afternoon at Jamesville Beach.
Despite Nick Sadlocha's individual title for the Spartans, the Red Rams still proved to be better overall, with 37 points to ESM's 62. Watertown finished third with 89 points.
On an individual basis, no one would catch Sadlocha, as the Spartan senior took the lead by the midway point of the race and held it all the way to the end, winning in 16 minutes, 15.4 seconds.
Then J-D began the response with its pair of anchors, Dan Frank and Bumkuth Jiak, as Frank earned second place in 16:27 flat and Jiak, with a time of 16 minutes, 48.2 seconds, finished third.
For the Red Rams, what proved just as important was the fact that Max Smith and Ben Kier also found the top 10, as Smith finished eighth (17:34.5) and Kier took 10th place in 17:58.0.
John Lenish, who finished 14th (18:16.7), rounded out J-D' s scoring, but Eamon Kissane (18:19.2) was close behind in 16th place as Tyler Petersen finished 22nd (18:30.8) and Drew Ladew finished 30th, in 18:43.0.
ESM could not match that depth, but still had Matt Lyons finish seventh in 17:29.7 as he clinched the fifth and final individual berth on the Section III All-Stars. Thus, Lyons will join Sadlocha, Nick Lynch (Watertown), Evan Oustrich (Mexico) and Noah Carroll (Fulton) in advancing to this Saturday's state championships at Sunken Meadow State Park on Long Island.
Also for the Spartans, Craig Andrianos finished 13th, in 18:15.6, while Andrew Troast was 17th (18:21.2) and Nate LaPierre finished 24th in 18:34.0.
Earlier in the day, J-D's girls made a great bid for the Class A team title, but settled for second place with 67 points, just ahead of Mexico (68 points), as Whitesboro prevailed with 49 points. ESM was fourth with 114 points.