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Lasnicki wins at sectional Class C meet

After the injury problems of a season ago, Canastota girls cross country senior Allison Lasnicki is going at full speed now -- all the way to the state championships.

Lasnicki continued her fall of dominance by pulling away from the field at last Saturday's Section III Class C championship meet at Jamesville Beach Park.

Taking the lead from the start on the 3.1-mile Jamesville Beach course, Lasnicki enjoyed perfect running conditions (50 degrees, sunshine) and quickly got clear of all the other top Class C contenders.

At the line, Lasnicki had a time of 18 minutes, 53.6 seconds, more than a minute ahead of Holland Patent's Leah Rice (19:56.2) and better than anyone in the entire girls sectional field -- with the exception of six runners from national powerhouse Fayetteville-Manlius. Other individuals qualifying with Lasnicki included Rice, Cheyenne Petrillo, Jen MacMillan (all from Holland Patent) and Katie Brislin (CBA).

As a whole, the Raiders finished sixth in Class C with 140 points, despite the work of Lasnicki and eighth-grader Marissa Williams, who was 11th in 21:14.4. Francesca Popple worked her way to 25th place in 22:13.5.

The other big girls individual effort came from Vernon Verona Sherill's Lauren MacDonald in the Class B race. All MacDonald did was finish second, in a time of 19:57.7, behind Mexico's Tia Bullard (19:47.6), and earn a trip to the state meet.

On the boys side, Canastota's Aaron Walker will join Lasnicki in the state meet this Saturday at SUNY-Plattsburgh by virtue of his effort in the boys sectional Class C race.

With a time of 17:04.8, Walker took sixth place, but was fourth among individuals outside the winning squad from Holland Patent, and the top five individuals advance. Walker joins Calvin Davis (Skaneateles), Mike Marrero (Jordan-Elbridge), Ohure Sam (Tully) and Tom Voorheis (CBA) in that group.

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